What's inside my Copic Markers? - (Let's Cut them OPEN!)
get everyone I'm jazzy and today I'm going to finally get to the bottom of
whatis inside the elusive alcohol-based marker I mean they're not elusive they're pretty easy to find him and get ahold of but not easy to get inside of if you know now doing this video for a couple of reasons the first is these yo-yo very cheap alcohol
markersarrived in the mail two years too late a recorded video two years ago which are released which was about buying wish and the eBay
markersand putting him to the test and yeah apparently postage was with something up might've wanted to keep more not two years two years how does it unlike any way but it did get me wondering why are these and all of the no-name equivalents so cheap compared to kopecks
whatis happening inside these things that makes this average ten dollars per marker and this you know thirty forty cents and then we have a nice middle ground marker which is sort of a high-end mid-thought ability marker the spectrum noir illustrator which is right in the middle owner if there's a difference between how efficiently they give you the ink through the nibs or how long the nibs are on the inside or how much ink is actually held and
whatthe cartridge looks like I'm dead curious and especially because I saw mirabile as video where she did guy sex a
CopicSketch so credit also is there because I partially stole the idea now I know my
opening gag had the table saw and that was obviously incredibly dangerous...
and pile of fun I'm starting on the video with the bang I don't think that would be an efficient or clean way to
openthese up in fact the view I did a couple of years back where for April Fool's I did a how to blend kopecks tutorial where I literally put a
Copicmarker in a blender and I recalled that when it went June I expected there to be a lot more liquid and it was sort of like fluff it was really weird and surprising but we're gonna get to the bottom you know much cleaner way today as to why that is the case and although the table saw would have been much messier I think a table sort of some kind probably be an efficient way to do it which is why I've got my dremel here and I 3d print it I don't know if this is gonna work but I 3d printed a little drum will hold up on the theory in theory so much fire stop I know it was right here as I was doing the runway of course I was so one of these I think is like oh look there it is oh look at that yeah you feel up a thumbnail saw looks dangerous look at this just missing up so the theory is you put the moment to like okay okay hey that's cool so this is negating this movie except I need to stabilize it because there's nothing decay we will get there I like to do more videos about process of elimination figure out everything I shouldn't do on the way to figuring out how to do
whatI actually wanted to do get that watch time this isn't
whatmy solution to make it incredibly safe and stable...
say how stable this is gonna be our never been there and the map let me just ski and then the type because the distinction we're looking pretty stable this isn't gonna go anywhere terrifying as ever can we just mini montage all the power tools I've used him how I react to using
themI'm a professional I should interpret rollin while I'm moving stuff that I am a professional yeah that's that pretty much sums it up I think we're gonna work our way up in price so let's start off with the cheapy and see if we met with any nasty surprises I want to actually do this isn't me as I possibly okay inside the cheap alcohol based marker is this we have quite a long chisel nib but that goes into just a really basic sort of shell I'm gonna be the white card over here and just lay this on top so you can see it really clearly it's just got the shell and inside have the chisel see that's quite a long stem but it doesn't all go inside the the ink here it's just that little bit there and I guess that stem just pulls it all up through there then we have the ink inside this and look at that just like a little door we have the other end of the marker so this is a separate piece of plastic to the shell which is otherwise like the whole pen is just the one piece of plastic and then this is inserted which has
themthe brush nib it and when I say brush knee that is that's not a brush to visit that's a bullet tip there so it's really...
not so after you can't get pressure sensitivity or anything like that and I imagine brush nibs and brush tips are probably just more expensive to produce so it's hard to get good ones in Cheaper
markersand I guess this is a taste point because this is the same sort of material as the chisel tip and it's not going to be particularly good to make art with but that is
whatyou get so let's just for the sake of experimentation while we're doing this let's
openthis might use a knife instead so it just catches on this stuff it's like fluff hey that
opens up quite smoothly it almost looks like cotton candy like it looks so dry and yet you could just paint with this but it seems like it should be a lot juicier so I don't maybe we'll find that the other
markersare a lot more I think this is an interesting place to start off with to just sort of compare the others to because I'm genuinely interested to see you know if there's a lot more ink in this canister this is quite a bit coming out here but um I did expect it to sort of have more I guess if you did just use the marker to color in a page like with the chisel tip and you were going like that the colour in an area like that would be quite an accomplishment so you know it's not it's not worse that it's also surprisingly dry so there we have it this is our cheap and first marker let's move on to our mid-range marker this is where this is starting to hurt a little bit...
because I don't have like I didn't buy these for this video I'm just wrecking my Marcus cuz I'm an adult it's feeling loose thing is ready that crack crack crack it
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whatno fancy jokes stats quick I think this is the old illustrator series I think the newer ones have the chisel and the brush nib again very similar setup to the other one in that we have one main shell bit and then an insert another shell bit which it must be put together by making this bit first and then they put this thing in there like that and then they must go let's how they make the marks so there's my deduction after this intensive experiment the only thing I immediately notice is different is I think the density of this ink cartridge here just from looking at it it seems more solidly constructed and it just seems it darker and denser but that I could be wrong there also of course we have a brush nib which as I mentioned I suspect is that just more expensive to produce as you can see and get pressure sensitivity and it's just much more organic to use this one has a bullet nib as well just for comparison this is the cheat bullet nib here in my left hand and then the the mid-range will deliver in my right hand it's smaller and a little softer actually the cheap big one it was quite rigid mid range smaller one feels just a little more flexible which is more comfortable when it touches the paper alright so now we have the ink cartridge let's do this...
right the first time oh it's already bleeding that's it that's a good time very interesting it still looks a bit like cotton candy and I guess that's just sort of how they contain the in but this is as you can see just denser in color to see
whathappens when I put this down as you can see it's just got immediately a lot more in and the colour is just way better to like you actually see how it sort of spreads on the page as opposed to the cheap blue we've got a lot more saturation and a really even pigment spread or as with the cheap one it's sort of patchy blotchy and less saturated so to get a really strong blue it's gonna be a lot more work a lot more in kind of a way worst result with the cheap marker but then the mid-range marker way better saturation and a lot less effort to get it down there place when you do it this way which I don't recommend let's be honest okay so we've done cheat we've done affordable mid to high level marker and now we're gonna go the more expensive slash I guess you could say industry standard the
Copicillustrator marker these are the favourites of illustrators comic book artists graphic designers and usually YouTube's this is the part that's gonna make me sad definitely cotton candy it's not his thing just don't make it that way experiment don't eat I don't think I have a working Dremel saw anymore did it take everything out from inside yes yeah I'd be glad to do...
another one I can't leave this unanswered unplug this just to show that when you fiddle with these things safely he said after doing stupid okay don't try this is hard is that my only saw is this salvageable I think itself let's salvage it it packs real tight around here the experiment has extended -
whathappens if you have very fluffy cotton candy-like substance with a very fast-moving dribble so we're learning so much today hey at least this thing hasn't moved all right let's try that again one day I will be my own downfall today it might be that day but I'm gonna finish
whatI started I'm gonna try this a different way this time I'm gonna and I
openit like a nutcracker Hey so much like a bit doing it this way the whole time are we looking how are we looking we're looking good we're looking good all right thank God that's interesting the brush nib is sort of like I don't know if it's one piece but it's got a weird internal shape it's like really dense at the bottom here and the top is quite spongy now the
Copicillustrator brush nib is definitely the best thing about it that's the reason why 70 we use it it's got a great flexibility but it also holds its shape on the end so you can get a lot of fine detail and it spreads ink really evenly so that's really interesting to see that it sort of varies in density you've got the spongy but still quite solid end there and as it goes inside the marker...
it's really dense and it feels dense to the touch it almost feels on the other end like the chisels are really solid feeling is it one piece let's find out I'm gonna cut this in half it's like cutting the card pay that is really fascinating it is two different materials you've got a same substance as a chisel maybe it's less dense but it feels to the touch like the same substance and on the end almost capping it is this soft spongy material and maybe that's how it holds its shape is it's got like a almost a skeleton he's really interesting I never knew that and I never never would have guessed cuz I think you can pull the nibs out and you see one piece and no one's stupid enough to cut this guy you're welcome let's just see if there are any surprises with the chisel nib I'm gonna cut this one in half - I wouldn't say anything particularly surprising like it all it is one sort of substance it's not you know in several parts however inside as you can see it looks a bit stringy err and the outs I don't know if it's compressed or something but at the outside feels almost like a balsa wood like quite compressed I think that just goes to show you that there is quite of difference between these different levels you are getting
whatyou pay for between the different levels and there is a reason the expensive
markersare expensive because I think there's obviously a lot of development and science that's gone...
themas efficient as possible now let's just look at the the ink and again I think much like our mid-level ink it's another step up in density you can see that the color is immediately darker these are on the surface level similar colors or sort of purport to be however as you can see internally the ink density definitely seems to step up with each variation so let's
CopicSketch so on the right we have the internal fluff the color fluff I don't know of the the
Copicmarker and then on the left is the illustrator spectrum noir they both look pretty dense with with liquid let's to see how the Copa draws as I do this I'm not noticing a huge difference between the amount of in between this and the spectrum noir so I think you get at least the same bang for your buck as far as how much ink is in either of those
markersI guess it's just sort of a quality of ink in the colors which is up for debate and I guess everyone has their preferences and that may be where some people prefer one color over another but I do think and it's worth pointing out that again the grade of the ink and the texture when it's put down is a step up from the predecessor so compared to the cheapest ink of course there is less blotchiness and a more even spread on the spectrum noir illustrators but then with the kopecks with the full density just slightly less blotchy again and slightly more saturation so this is the result of today's massacre...
and I have to say I thought we might see some difference between the