Classic Markers FAQ

 

What are the main differences between the original (or classic) and the next generation Spectrum Noir markers?

The next generation Spectrum Noir markers feature a hexagonal barrel shape to be more ergonomic, rubberized grips for comfort and double-walled caps for extended time between refills. The bullet tip nib is finer, for additional detailing and the chisel nib can be replaced with a brush nib (available for purchase separately).


Will the ink refills be cross-compatible with both the original and next generation Spectrum Noir markers?

Yes, you can use our alcohol ink refills for both original and next generation Spectrum Noir markers.


 

About the Nibs

 

Will the new brush nibs fit the original Spectrum Noir markers as well as the next generation Spectrum Noir markers?

The brush nibs will only fit the next generation Spectrum Noir markers.


Are you going to continue supporting the original Spectrum Noir markers that I’ve already purchased?

Yes, we will continue to support the original Spectrum Noir marker range. The original markers use the same ink as the next generation markers, so you will still be able to purchase ink refills and we will continue to sell replacement bullet and chisel nibs.


Why can we not buy brush nibs for the original Spectrum Noir markers?

When we developed the original Spectrum Noir system, there was overwhelming customer demand for brush nibs. We looked into the possibility of adding these to the range, but found that original marker barrels wouldn’t accommodate brush nibs which offer the high quality results we expect from Spectrum Noir. In developing the next generation markers, we were able to design a new barrel which allows brush nibs to be used interchangeably with the chisel nibs.


Why can we not buy brush nibs for the original Spectrum Noir markers?

When we developed the original Spectrum Noir system, there was overwhelming customer demand for brush nibs. We looked into the possibility of adding these to the range, but found that original marker barrels wouldn’t accommodate brush nibs which offer the high quality results we expect from Spectrum Noir. In developing the next generation markers, we were able to design a new barrel which allows brush nibs to be used interchangeably with the chisel nibs.


Will the original Spectrum Noir replacement nib packages fit the next generation Spectrum Noir markers?
Will the new generation Spectrum Noir replacement nib packages fit the original Spectrum Noir markers?

No, the nibs are not interchangeable. You will need to purchase the correct package of nibs specific to either the original or next generation markers that you own or purchase.


My marker seems to be a little dry… is it dried out?

Make sure that you have stored your marker horizontally so that the ink is distributed properly throughout.  Then, make sure that both nibs are seated properly.  Do this by pressing them down slightly with your finger or onto a non-staining surface (i.e. glass).  A good test is to try both nibs.  If one is too dry and the other wet, it is a good indication that the marker has enough ink but just needs proper time in a horizontal position.

Another common misconception is in thinking the marker is dry when in fact it is simply the color of the ink itself.  A very light pastel color may appear dry at first but as it is used to blend a shade darker or put it alongside another color it shows more prominently.  A good way to test whether a pale marker is really dry would be to press down the chisel nib of the marker onto a small stack of scrap card stock for a few seconds.  If you see a pool of color soak into the card stock you can rest assured that your pen is not dried out.


My marker seems to be too juicy… is this normal?

Your markers should be wet, but not overly juicy (i.e. leak out or bleed out quickly into your paper or card stock).

Make sure that you have stored your marker horizontally so that the ink is distributed properly throughout.  It may be juicier on one end if you have stored it vertically and ink has settled to one end (this is most noticeable if you have stored it vertically with the chisel nib pointed downward).  If your marker is still too juicy it may be over-filled slightly. To remedy this, press the chisel nib end or your marker slightly against a stack of scrap card stock to bleed out some of the excess ink.  Also make sure that both nibs are seated properly.

The paper or card stock you are using may also be a big factor.  Due to the nature of alcohol ink you will want to make sure you are using paper or card stock that is meant for use with alcohol markers.  This is readily available online or at your local craft store.  You will need to find a card stock that is smooth with very little to no grain or texture.  For more paper and card stock suggestions, see our Coloring FAQ page.


Why are the lids tight?

The lids are intentionally tight for a couple of reasons. The primary reason is to prevent the leaking and/or evaporation of ink over time. Because alcohol evaporates quickly it is an important part of the design. The second reason being that over time the lids will naturally get looser. To start with a loose lid might lead to a lid that falls off on its own over time.

If you have dexterity problems with your hands you may want to have a friend or family member loosen up the lids a bit for you by uncapping and re-capping them a few times to break them in.


My markers seem to have leaked… is this normal?

If you have noticed some leaking when you first open your pens this is perfectly normal.  Please read our tips for first time use, found on our Coloring FAQ page.  This  leakage is normally caused by a buildup of air pressure during transportation or a nib that is not seated correctly in the barrel.  Once you have opened up your marker for the first time and ensured that the barrel is seated properly, this should not occur again. If it does, please contact the manufacturer for a replacement.