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How to Refill Ink & Replace Nibs

on April 26, 2023

Refilling ink and replacing nibs are essential skills for anyone who loves to use COPIC markers for their artwork. These markers are known for their high-quality ink and nibs, allowing artists to create stunning illustrations. 

how to replace the nibs on your COPIC markers 

However, if you're new to COPIC markers, replacing nibs or refilling ink may seem intimidating. In this article, we will guide you through the process of refilling ink and replacing nibs on COPIC markers, specifically the SKETCH, CIAO, and ORIGINAL models.


Before you start refilling your COPIC markers, make sure you have the right supplies. You'll need the COPIC ink, a COPIC tweezers, and a clean workspace. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to refill your COPIC marker:

How to Refill Ink

Step 1: Remove the cap of the marker and the chisel nib.

Step 2: Use the COPIC nib Tweezer to remove the ink cartridge from the barrel of the marker.

Step 3: Insert the ink bottle nozzle into the ink cartridge's opening.

Step 4: Squeeze the ink bottle to refill the ink cartridge. Make sure to fill it up to the maximum line.

Step 5: Re-insert the ink cartridge into the marker's barrel and replace the chisel nib.

Step 6: Shake the marker well to ensure evenly distributed ink.

Congratulations, you've successfully refilled your COPIC marker! It's essential to note that you should only use COPIC ink to refill your marker. Other brands of ink may not work as well or could damage your marker.

HOW TO Replace Nibs

Replacing nibs is an essential skill to master when working with COPIC markers. Over time, nibs can wear down or become damaged, affecting the quality of your artwork. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to replace the nibs on your COPIC markers:

HOW TO Replace Nibs

Step 1: Remove the nib from the marker. Use the tweezers to gently pull out the nib.

Step 2: Insert the new nib into the marker. Make sure it's inserted all the way in.

Step 3: Replace the cap of the marker and test the new nib on a piece of paper.


Remove the nib from the marker

It's important to note that different COPIC models use different nibs. The SKETCH, CIAO, and ORIGINAL markers all use different nibs, so make sure you're using the correct ones when replacing nibs.

Real Life Example

Let's hear from Lila, an artist who's been using COPIC markers for several years now. She tells us,

 "I used to be intimidated by the idea of refilling ink and replacing nibs. But once I learned how to do it, it became second nature. Now, I can customize my markers by choosing different nibs, and I don't have to worry about running out of ink when I'm in the middle of a project. It's an essential skill for any COPIC marker user to learn."


Refilling ink and replacing nibs are skills that every COPIC marker user should learn. It may seem daunting at first, but with practice, it becomes easier. Make sure you're using the correct supplies and following the step-by-step guide to ensure the best results. Happy creating!