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My favorite papercraft shop is now stocking Spectrum Noir markers which is a LOT cheaper than Copics. Does anyone know of these? They work exactly the same as Copics (blending, refills etc).

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Yes I have  over a hundred spectrum noirs they are more or less the same as copics but you cannot refill them.  There again they are so much cheaper than copics at least in the uk and so far in the last year I have not had to replace any.  They do blend well but the brush tip does tend to not go as fine as the copics .  They have quite a varied range almost 200 but not as large as the copics as yet. The one issue I have with them is that they are rather cumbersome and you have to get used to their square shaoe unlike the other uk brand which is in the uk and can I have been told be bought in the states called promarkers.  They are equal to copics in every way and much cheaper I have had some for three years and as long as you put the cap back on firmly they are ideal again they do not refill but care needs to be taken to not press to hard Found that out when my grandson borrowed a few lol.

Thank you Jenny - I've been shown that these can now be refilled  http://www.crafterscompanion.com/Spectrum-Noir_c_69.html

I am using the spectrum noir markers and loving them!!  I have some copics, but was hating the cost of them, and honestly I like the feel of the spectrum noir pens in my hands better!  As you said, you CAN refill them, and they work the same way, and I think I do like them better than the copics.  Crafters companion is going to start doing lessons on how to use them, and they have a video that you can buy to teach you as well.  They also have replacement nibs if you need to replace them.

Hi Riette

I just watched a marker comparison here http://prairiepaperandink.typepad.com/  Amy is a real copic fan but I think she gives an honest opinion on 3 other choices.  She prefers the promarkers of the 3 she compares but it is unbiased (other than her love of copics) and after watching I might try the Spectrum Noir.  I am a true love of prismacolour pencils and since watching Gina with the bics I bought the set and quite like them but I would maybe like these for skin and shading.  If you choose to get them it would be great if you would posted your opinion. 

Sharon

Just went and bought my first set (the "Lights" set of 24) and first impressions are GREAT!! Never had any type of proper marker before because we just can't get it here in South Africa unless it's at a specialist art & craft shop. I might just start coloring.

Try Joanne Shean she sends worldwide and her charges are great she does pro markers cheaper than anyone.  She is uk but a spanish friend says postage is great.

Riette, my first set of Spectrum Noirs was the Pastels, and I loved them right off also, I have another order in for the brights, and am looking forward to getting them.  I think they are very easy to work with, I am so glad that you liked them!  Have fun crafting!!  My hope is to get all 4 sets eventually, I when I get my next order I will have two, so two more to go!!

Riette Gasser said:

Just went and bought my first set (the "Lights" set of 24) and first impressions are GREAT!! Never had any type of proper marker before because we just can't get it here in South Africa unless it's at a specialist art & craft shop. I might just start coloring.

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