Let the Ferris Wheel Press Brush vs. Carousel Fountain Pen battle of the pens begin! Today we’ll get a better look at two fountain pen models released by the popular Canadian ink and pen maker, Ferris Wheel Press. We got one of each of them into the hands of one of our guest reviewers, so she could give you her take on the Ferris Wheel Press Brush fountain pen vs. the Ferris Wheel Press Carousel fountain pen. Read the full review from Guest Reviewer, Amy M, below!
Do You Know Ferris Wheel Press?
Ferris Wheel Press is well known for its wide array of inks, but have you tried their fountain pens? Pen Chalet kindly sent me the Ferris Wheel Press Brush fountain pen and Carousel fountain pen for review.
Initial Impressions: Ferris Wheel Press Brush vs. Carousel Fountain Pen
Right off the bat, the Brush fountain pen and the Carousel fountain pen have noticeable differences. The Carousel fountain pen is what I would consider Ferris Wheel Press’s entry level pen. It costs $28 (for current pricing visit PenChalet.com) and has a resin body with a snap cap. The design of the pen is fairly simple with a multi-faceted cap and grip section. It still has the Ferris Wheel Press charm with a galloping horse engraved onto the nib. The Brush fountain pen, on the other hand, is more of a next level pen at $138 (for current pricing visit PenChalet.com). It has a lacquered copper metal body and brass accents. The shape of the pen is reminiscent of a paint brush, and the nib and grip section are both engraved. Both fountain pens come with either a fine or medium steel nib.
Ferris Wheel Press Brush v. Carousel Fountain Pens: Writing Samples
For my writing sample, I inked both pens with Ferris Wheel Press Storied Blue from the Bookshoppe Collection, and one week after inking, I wrote a page each in my Endless Recorder with Tomoe River paper. This is the point in the Brush vs. Carousel Fountain Pen comparison where the two pens started to differ for me, and I would say I prefer the Brush fountain pen over the Carousel fountain pen.
If you enjoy posting your cap on your pen or if you’re sensitive to etching on the grip section, I would recommend the Carousel fountain pen. I did experience some hard starts, but the Carousel fountain pen felt great in hand and wrote quite nicely once the ink was flowing.
The Brush fountain pen, however, had no issues with writing and was a smooth writer on the Tomoe River Paper in my Endless Recorder. Despite it being a metal pen, it felt very comfortable in my hand. I don’t think I’d have any issues writing with it for a long period of time. The only thing about the Brush fountain pen that confused me was how the grip section would unscrew slightly when I unscrewed my cap. It doesn’t happen every time, but often enough that it may become annoying. I wonder if there’s a fix for that.
Now that we’ve completed today’s Brush vs. Carousel Fountain Pen comparison, what are your thoughts on the Ferris Wheel Press Carousel or Brush fountain pens? If you were to get one, which would you choose?
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