CONCERNING PENS

Our development department is continuously working to further develop and to improve our products. However, health issues can only be answered by us in general terms as we have appropriate partners you may contact in respect of more in-depth questions.

In general, STABILO pens are safe and they do not contain toxic substances, nevertheless, they are NOT foodstuffs and they are not produced according to the food guidelines.

For German and English speaking  consumers:
On suspicion of an allergic reaction or irritation we offer a free of charge information service of our partner, the Toxicological Department and Poison Emergency Centre of the Munich Clinic “Rechts der Isar”, Phone No .: +49 89-19240. This number is available 24/7. After naming the STABILO product name, you will obtain professional information there, available both in German and in English.

In respect of general and not life-threatening questions about allergic irritation, also the respective poison control centres in each country may be contacted:

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There is no ISO standard for permanent fineliners in general and therefore none especially for our point 88 either. However, the inks are more than sufficient for office use as they can neither be erased with ink-eraser nor easily oxidized with chlorine solution. In addition, in a test of archived documents kept in folders for 10 years the point 88 ink was still legible.

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STABILO BOSS ORIGINAL has been a very successful product for more than 40 years. One factor of its success is its unique design. The black cap is a copyrighted design feature and therefore we intend to keep this color concept in future.

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Our inks are on principle non-toxic. The majority of all STABILO products contain water based inks. All necessary additives such as colorants, humectants and preservatives against microbial contamination are toxicologically harmless. The same goes for writing instruments that make use of organic solvents. In general only a small quantity of ink is used in each pen. Thus, even if a small quantity of ink from our products is swallowed by accident, there is no reason to be alarmed. Nonetheless, the inks are made up of a mix of chemicals. They are not generally intended to be put to improper uses.

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We are very sorry if you are not satisfied with a STABILO product.

To allow Quality Management Department to find out what went wrong and to rectify the situation, we ask you to write us an e-mail. Your complaint will be forwarded to the relevant person.

Please tell us the product name and also tell us where and when you bought the STABILO product. Before we send you a new product as replacement, you might have to send in the defective product.

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STABILO pens and pencils are harmless and contain no toxic substances, but they are nevertheless not food.

The STABILO woody 3 in 1 in particular adheres to all legislation for children’s toys in the European Community and for this reason carries the CE-symbol. The Toy Safety Directive includes the core stipulation that the lead, varnish and wood may not be dangerous to children’s health, not toxic, corrosive or irritant, etc.

The product thus presents no danger to the child under normal conditions of use or from reasonably foreseeable misuse. Occasional “biting or sucking” is included under reasonably foreseeable misuse.

We recommend that colored pencils are only given to children aged 3 and over, as younger children often put pencils in their mouths. From age 3, it is safe to assume that this only happens from time to time accidentally and that such behavior is not prolonged.

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Our products are not harmful if used as intended. However, we do not recommend using these products on the skin, the body or around the mouth. These products are not cosmetics products and are not tested to meet such requirements. However, we want to stress that there is no danger if a child’s skin occasionally comes into contact with the product. Only long term INCORRECT use of STABILO woody 3 in 1 is not recommended.

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Our STABILO BOSS MINI is a highlighter used not only for highlighting text passages but also for coloring with its fluorescent colors. It is not designed to paint tattoos or decorate the skin as it does not comply with the necessary cosmetics directives for this purpose. It does, however, meet the requirements for writing instruments. There is certainly no problem if you occasionally stain your fingers by accident; but in order to paint your face or decorate your skin we suggest you use a tattoo pen with tattoo ink which is available from cosmetic companies, as these inks are easy to paint with, long-lasting on skin and dermatologically tested.

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The launch of the STABILO BOSS highlighter at the beginning of 1971 marked an innovative masterstroke by Schwan-STABILO with a totally new, revolutionary application. In the days before fluorescent highlighters there were few ways to mark important text. The idea of simply writing over passages instead of underlining them was obvious: all that was left was for fluorescent ink to be put into a suitable pen. And a revolutionary writing instrument required an equally revolutionary shape – a real challenge for an industrial designer! The designer made one model after another, only to discard them all: square, round, short and fat, long and flat designs. A conical cylinder he had produced in modeling clay seemed like a promising idea, but it was still hardly anything new. In his frustration, the designer squashed the model lying in front of him with the flat of his hand…
40 years later, the flat, chubby highlighter still has many imitators. And to this day it remains the highlight of an entire product category.

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1928 – a day like any other. In the paint shop of the Schwan pencil factory in Nuremberg a batch of pencils rattled through the coating machine. The freshly-painted wooden shafts gleamed brightly as they left the machine. But something was not quite right… The foreman and machine operator discovered to their horror that the hexagonal pencils all had light stripes at the edges. However, what at first seemed to be a mishap turned out to be an important design feature. Since then, Schwan pencils have been deliberately given light stripes down the edges, with this typical brand recognition feature registered as a trade mark that very same year.

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Our products with CE markings are children’s toys which conform to all the relevant requirements set out by the European Community. In addition to legislating upon the toxic elements contained in children’s toys and similar, the Toy Safety Directive includes the core stipulation that components and contents (e.g. the lead, varnish or wood in wooden pencils) may not be classed as dangerous to health, toxic, corrosive, irritant etc. The product thus presents no danger to the child under normal conditions of use or from reasonably foreseeable misuse. Occasional “biting or sucking” is included under reasonably foreseeable misuse.

Labelling products as “non-toxic” is not permissible in the context of children’s toys, as it must constantly be borne in mind that colors also contain chemicals, which although not dangerous to health, are still to be considered as chemicals. Nevertheless, raw materials are extensively analyzed and the composition is not dangerous to health.

We recommend that drawing pencils and child-friendly fibre pens are only given to children aged 3 and up, as younger children often put pencils in their mouths. From age 3, it is safe to assume that this only happens from time to time accidentally and that such behavior is not prolonged.

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The STABILO EASYoriginal sets standards in terms of ergonomics and writing comfort. In addition to this, we have also done something to stop blue fingers. In contrast to conventional ink cartridges, the EASY cartridge is protected against leaks. Even a damage which would cause a conventional ink cartridge to leak completely, our ink system holds the ink in a sponge-like reservoir. This reservoir is, of course, colored according to the ink and stays this color even after the ink is used up completely. A transparent cartridge would therefore not help to show the ink level.

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STABILO markets many special ranges specifically adapted to the needs of small children or those starting school. Ideally, however, children aged under 3 years old should not play with writing instruments unsupervised.

Highlighters are not typical children’s products. As STABILO highlighters are completely harmless, however, even very young children can use them to express their creativity. In addition, the STABILO Pen 68 Neon has been specially developed for the STABILO children’s range.

Children should not put colored pens into their mouths. Should any ink get into their mouths, however, simply rinse it out.

Should a small child swallow a cap, under certain circumstances this can become lodged in the windpipe. As a result, STABILO caps with a diameter of less than 1 cm are “ventilated” – meaning that they are equipped with slits, through which sufficient breathing air can flow until a doctor removes the cap from the windpipe.

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