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Next Generation Alcohol 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 next generation Spectrum Noir markers still be sold in six marker and twenty-four marker sets?

The packages won’t be changing – the next generation Spectrum Noir markers will still be sold in 12 six marker set combinations as well as 4 twenty-four marker set combinations. There is no repetition of colors between any of the sets.


Will you be offering the next generation Spectrum Noir markers for purchase individually?

No, the markers will continue to be sold only in six and twenty-four pen sets.


Are the next generation Spectrum Noir markers air-tight?

We have manufactured the next generation Spectrum Noir markers so that they feature a double layered cap. This cap along with the plastic material used is designed to minimize the evaporation rates associated with an alcohol based ink and extend the time needed between refills. We recommend keeping the lid on your markers at all times when not coloring.


Will my next generation Spectrum Noir markers ever dry out?

Spectrum Noir markers use an alcohol-based ink and alcohol evaporates at a faster rate than water. The rate of evaporation will depend on factors such as how often you replace the cap during use, if you have both caps off at the same time and the temperature of the environment in which you are coloring. Fundamentally, the more the markers are in use, the quicker they will dry out, however you should not experience any drying out during periods of storage provided the double layered caps are replaced correctly.


 

About the Inks

 

Are the ink colors going to be the same in the next generation Spectrum Noir system?

The next generation Spectrum Noir markers will continue to be offered in exactly the same way, with the same color numbers. Some minor adjustments have been made to our color formulations, but every effort has been made to ensure colors match the original color spectrum. A small number of color families have had minor tweaks made to the increments between shades to improve ease of blending.


Are the ink colors going to be the same in the next generation Spectrum Noir system?

The next generation Spectrum Noir markers will continue to be offered in exactly the same way, with the same color numbers. Some minor adjustments have been made to our color formulations, but every effort has been made to ensure colors match the original color spectrum. A small number of color families have had minor tweaks made to the increments between shades to improve ease of blending.


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

 

Do the next generation Spectrum Noir markers have the same nib types as the original Spectrum Noir markers?

Yes, the new markers have a bullet tip nib on one end and chisel nib on the other. Next generation Spectrum Noir brush nibs are available for purchase separately.


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.