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Old 02-17-2009, 08:52 AM   #1
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Default Copics...about how long do they last before refilling?

Yikes,

Being new to Copics, I had NO idea how much the refills cost! Wow...about $5 to $6 to refill each Ciao marker, right?

So, knowing that it will will cost me a TON to refill these, can you estimate how long I can go, before I will need to do this?

I know it will depend on my usage, but can someone give me some kind of time estimate?

Am I making ANY sense?

I must say that I'm a disappointed that I invested so much here as I don't see how I can possible afford these refills.

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Old 02-17-2009, 09:13 AM   #2
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I have no clue how much the refills are but I would think the refill would be enough to last more than just one marker refill. I am not sure.. good question and I am just shooting from the hip on my answer based on other type of refills for different products.

I am going to try a search on this topic and try to get back to this for ya.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:19 AM   #3
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This is what I found from a search.. so a refill isn't just for ONE marker. You can more than that.

Q. How many refills can I get from one bottle?
A. It depends on the marker type, but in general and without overfilling you can get about 10-12 refills for Sketch, about 15 for Ciao, about 8 for Copic, and 5-7 for Wide. On the side of the bottle are little measurement marks so you'll know exactly how much ink to use (more about this later)
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I have had my Copics for 2yrs. I just recently refilled my first marker. I use them every day (no joke!) AND allow my students to use them in my classes. They get A LOT of use. If you are using them for personal use, I think they will last you a long time before you need to worry about refills. Now if you use the air compressor, you might run through your ink quicker.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:55 AM   #5
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Ok...do you have the Ciao or the Sketch? It's my understanding that the Sketch are bigger thus hold more ink. To the Ciao owners out there...how long did you go BEFORE having to refill?

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I have had some Sketch Cpoics for about 3 months and 3 of them are dry. A few others are becoming dry. Maybe I just got some bad ones.
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I use my markers daily and had to re-ink a few after 6 months. I color alot of "people" images, so the first ones to go were my skin colored one and my gray, which I use to outline anything and everything. I've had my markers for a 1 year and 1/2 and the rest are still juicy.

After you have a good collection, I would start buying the re-fills in the colors you use the most.
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Copied directly from Marianne's blog:

Q. How long will a marker last before it needs to be refilled?

A. This depends on what surface you are coloring on. Softer, more absorbent papers will suck your marker dry sooner than dense, tightly woven papers. Copic Original markers also hold more ink to begin with than Sketch or Ciao, so they will last longer before they need to be refilled. Also, the more you layer a color in one spot, the denser the color gets in that area so it won’t cover as many sheets.

A Copic original marker on regular copier paper will evenly cover 5 letter sheets and streak for a 6th page.

A Sketch Marker will evenly cover 4 sheets and streak for another 3/4 sheet. I haven't tested it for a Ciao, but it should be about 3 sheets and streak for another 1/2 or so.

A Wide marker will evenly cover 4 sheets and streak for another 2 sheets.
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Just to add to that...think about how much surface you cover when you color a stamped image...say a 3" (larger) elephant for instance...the actual surface area you are coloring is at most 5-6% of a page. So one marker should potentially be able to color that image about 80 times before needing to be refilled. Factor in super thick absorbent paper and a larger stamp...and you should still be able to color it 40 times.

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Default Copic Refill amounts

According to the Copic Website, these are the amount of refills per pen type, you get from a bottle of Various Ink Copic refill bottles.

How many full markers do you get
from one bottle of Various Ink?


Copic: 9 markers
Sketch: 12 markers
Ciao: 15 markers
Wide 7 markers

Now THAT does make up for the cost per refill for sure.

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Another thing to remember is that you don't need to buy refills for ALL of your markers at the start. I just buy for the ones I use most. My first Ciaos lasted for 3+ years depending on the color.

My Copics are my usual medium to use when coloring an image. I stamp on either Neenah Solar Crest White or X-Press It.

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