Copic Markers are one of the most popular types of markers. It’s popular because the manufacturers of Copic Markers make sure it is of great quality. They even hand test all markers before sending it out to make sure it performs well. As a result, you get a premium product for a premium price.
These Markers are refillable, making it a good investment as you only have to buy it once and refill it using the correct ink. The Alcohol based marker also allows you to replace nibs, making it completely flexible.
There are several different types of Copic Markers, but the most common is the Copic Classic/Original, the Copic Sketch and the Copic Ciao. In this post, we’ll go through the different Copic Markers and how they are similar and different from each other.
Classic Copic Markers
The Classic Copic Markers, sometimes known as Copic Original, are the first markers in this series. It comes in 214 different colors and is typically the most expensive out of the three as it holds the most amount of ink. The Classic Copic Markers have been used for decades by illustrators and designers worldwide.
With the Classic Copic Markers, you can refill it 9 times from one Various Ink bottle and it also has 9 different nib options. When buying the Classic Copic Markers, it comes standard with a Medium Broad and a fine nib. It would have been better if it came standard with a Medium Broad and Brush nib.
Copic Sketch Markers
The Copic Sketch Markers are the most popular set of Copic Markers and for a reason. It comes in the widest range of colors, all 358. For the price point, it is in the middle between the Copic Classic and the Copic Ciao.
Since it is the most popular, it is also the most commonly available. With one Various Ink bottle, you can refill the Copic Sketch Markers 12 times. When buying the marker, it comes standard with a Medium Broad and a Super Brush nib. There’s also 3 nib options to replace the nib if you prefer a different nib.
The barrel, unlike the Classic, has an oval shape. This shape makes it easier to color and the marker doesn’t roll away when you’re place it on the floor.
Copic Ciao Markers
The Copic Ciao Markers are the most cheapest and economical of the 3 Copic Markers. It is meant to be for beginners or people who’ve never used the Copic Markers. It’s cheaper because it holds the least amount of ink. The good thing it that if you’re refilling it with the Various Ink Bottle, you can refill it 15 times.
Because it’s meant for beginners, it has the least amount of color options: 180 colors. The barrel however is round and unlike the other markers, the Copic Ciao Marker rolls away when paced on the table. This makes it challenging when coloring with many colors at the same time.
You will be able to find these sets in most places where you can find the Copic Sketch but because the Copic Ciao Markers are the least expensive, it rarely goes on sale.
It does come standard with a Super Brush Nib and a Medium Broad Nib but the nib are limited to those two only.
c, has an oval shape. This shape makes it easier to color and the marker doesn’t roll away when you’re place it on the floor.
Copic Markers Summary
Overall it’s up to you what markers you prefer. Since Copic Markers range from $3-5 a marker it does get to be very expensive. If you’re looking for the best return on value, the Copic Sketch is your best bet. If you’d like to just get started using the Copic Markers, then Copic Ciao is for you. If you want all the bell and whistles, then Copic Class if for you.