When you refill your markers, it is also a good time to replace any damaged nibs. Frequent removal of the nib can damage the nib's wick. If your wick becomes bent it is important to replace your nib. To avoid damaging the wick, replace the ink cartridge before putting the nib in. We recommend keeping a supply of replacement nibs and a pair of Copic nib tweezers on hand. There are nine styles of Copic interchangeable nibs, from broad to calligraphy, that provide greater freedom of technique in your renderings.


Refill Booster

This needle attaches to a bottle of Various Ink and allows for clean marker refilling. On a Copic marker, this needle can be inserted along the broad nib. On Sketch, Ciao, or Wide markers the nib needs to be removed before inserting the Booster Needle. Boosters are reusable and should be cleaned thoroughly with a few drops of blender solution or rubbing alcohol between colors.

Nib Tweezer

The Nib Tweezers' gripping teeth allow for easy and clean nib removal and a better hold on the small nibs. These are compatible with Classic, Sketch, Ciao and Wide markers. Simply grab the nib with the tweezers and pull gently. Once you re-insert the nib it may take a minute for ink to flow.

Note: To prevent wear on the brush nibs, always refill from the chisel end and avoid pulling out the brush unless damaged.

Multiliner SP Nib Changer

The Nib Changer is compatible with both color and black Multiliner SP pens. Use this tool to quickly and easily change worn nibs or empty ink cartridges. The small end is for removing nibs and the large end is for removing stuck ink cartridges.


Refilling Copic Markers

Match the marker color number with the Various Ink color number.

Drip Method

This method applies to all marker types.

  1. Uncap both ends of the marker, hold at an angle; drip Various Ink onto the broad nib, one drop at a time, checking fullness every few drops.
  2. Dab any excess ink with tissue and clean any spills with rubbing alcohol

Booster Method

For Sketch and Ciao Markers

  1. Remove the chisel nib from the marker
  2. Attach the booster needle to the top of the Various Ink bottle
  3. Add 1.5 cc's of ink for Ciao, and 1.5 - 2 cc's for Sketch
  4. Replace the nib
  5. Clean the booster needle with rubbing alcohol

For Copic Classic Markers

  1. For Copic markers, carefully insert the booster along the side of the nib and add 2-3 cc's of ink using the Various Ink bottle to see the measurement. Follow step 2 and 3 above

Replacing the Nibs on any Copic Marker

  1. Using the tweezer tool, pull the broad nib out of the marker; for brush nibs be sure to grip the nib firmly at the base
  2. Carefully insert the new nib
  3. The ink will wick from the inside out within a few moments
Tips:
  • Always replace the caps
  • The booster tool is sharp
  • Various ink will stain fabric

Multiliner Care

To get the longest life from Multiliners or Multiliner SP pens, be careful about the type of paper and the amount of pressure you use.

Rough paper can be hard on the nibs, much like drawing on sandpaper. While it is normal for thicker pen sizes to fray over time, artists working on rough paper will see the nibs fray sooner than when working with smooth papers. If  you must use rough paper for your projects, take care to use less pressure.

Finer nibs may split down the middle after a period of normal use. Again, apply less pressure while drawing to avoid this problem. The finest nibs are so small that they have the potential to slip back into the pen body if too much pressure is applied, so be careful to draw with a very light hand on the smoothest paper possible when using fine sizes.

Refilling Ink & Replacing Nibs on the Copic Multiliner SP

Refill Cartridge

  1. Remove the nib by using the broad opening on the change tool to pull the cartridge away from the body of the pen
  2. Pull the protective cap off of the new cartridge & insert into pen
  3. Ink will flow in a few moments
  4. Replace with the same nib or a new nib

Nibs

  1. Using the changer tool, pull the nib straight out
  2. Insert the new nib carefully, making sure to line the wick up correctly
  3. Ink will flow in a few moments

Tips:

  • Frequent removal of nibs will cause poor contact with ink
  • Only remove when they need to be replaced
  • Do not use dry or bent nibs