Saturday, 30 October 2010

Stabilo GREENlighter 6007

I was intrigued enough by this review at Pencil Talk to search out the Stabilo GREENlighter highlighting pencil at a stationer's some distance from my home. I've used Stabilo Boss highlighter pens for years, but the idea of using a pencil for hightlighting text made more sense. I've found all highlighter pens dry out unless you replace the cap, and of course the process of highlighting demands the reader to use it intermittently, which means having to take the cap off and replace it numerous times during a spell of reading and highlighting. Another reason for using a pencil is that I have found highlighter pens to smear fountain pen ink, and as I use a fountain pen I wanted to avoid that if at all possible.

Based on the Pencil Talk review, I purchased only the yellow version of this pencil; the green and pink variants aren't as good, apparently. It takes a little getting used to, because more effort is needed to leave a useable layer of highlighter than a pen. The hightlighting is more subtle than a pen's. The highlighting core has a smooth, deep waxy feel and glides over the paper, though as I say, it needs more pressure and multiple passes to leave a healthy line.

The barrel of the pencil is triangular in section and painted in dayglo yellow with thin white lines. All information is printed in black, as is the FSC logo.

I've really enjoyed using this pencil and it has found a place in my pencil case. This one is a winner, in my view.


  1. That is an awesome idea! I'm going to have to see if I can find any, or anything similar, around here.

  2. In quite a few countries students have to write using fountain pens and blue ink. Most blue ink is erasable and the normal highlighter pens seems to contain the same chemicals as ink erasers, so it is not a good idea to use them with the standard (royal) blue from most manufacturers.
    Hightlighter pencils are nice, but they will cover black text more than wet hightlighters would, making black text more difficult to read. I use wet and pencil hightlighters but am not sure which one to prefer...

  3. I like the idea of highlighter pencils but my biggest problem with the ones I've used so far has been that I can't erase the marks. And I agree that you have to press really hard to get enough coverage.