Today’s Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black ink review features a special edition ink from a popular Canadian inkmaker. The release coincided with the release of their original Satin finish Brush fountain pen, the Echoes of Eaton (a limited edition matte black/gold release that you all loved so much that it would be hard to get your hands on one now). Read on for more details about this gorgeous ink!
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All About the Ink Maker: Ferris Wheel Press
Ferris Wheel Press is a Canadian stationery company that creates beautiful products in equally beautiful packaging. The brand’s slogan, “Fall in Love with Writing Again,” is a shout to support writing enthusiasts around the globe. They now offer inks, fountain pens, rollerball pens, ballpoints, notebooks, and more. Ferris Wheel Press has become an extremely popular brand of fountain pen ink, pens, and accessories.
Special Edition 2022 Ink: Roaring Patina Black Ink
The week’s featured ink is a special edition ink release from early 2022. Roaring Patina Black ink was released in conjunction with the “NEW roaring twenties” in this new century, which inspired the packaging and color reminiscent of the 1920’s. The roaring 20’s reference also included a second release of a coordinating Ferris Wheel Press Echoes of Eaton Brush fountain pen (matte black with gold trim), but it was a limited edition and it sold out. Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black ink is extremely popular and always sells out quickly when we stock up!
All About This Week’s Feature: Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black Ink
This week we’ll be checking out the Ferris Wheel Press’s Roaring Patina Black ink, a dark black ink with a golden shimmer. It is fantastic on paper and can be used for many purposes, projects, cards, notes, etc. While this week’s ink is a special edition, and doesn’t belong to a specific “collection,” Ferris Wheel Press does offer a number of ink collections for you to choose from if you’re looking for something difference. Some of their popular ink collections include:
- Original Trio Series;
- Ontario Collection Series;
- Gourmet Summer Collection;
- Morningside Collection;
- High Tea Collection;
- Twilight Garden Collection;
- Moonlit Jade Collection;
- Bookshoppe Collection; and
- Midnight Holiday Series
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It’s Time: Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black Ink Review
For this Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black ink review, we put this lovely shimmering ink to the test to see how it performed with some of our standard ink testing materials and paper products. Read on for all the details (which we think you’re not going to want to miss).
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
As usual, we used a French-made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen (with a tip comparable to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) on Rhodia bloc pad paper. As always, we want to remind you that different papers or different nib sizes may produce different results!
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Ferris Wheel Press Use?
Ferris Wheel Press introduced Roaring Patina Black ink comes in a 38 ml unique jewelry inspired heavy weighted glass bottle. The ink is carefully enclosed in very professional outer packaging covered in depictions of architecture from the original Roaring 20’s. The inks enjoy additional protection from the internal protection built into the inner box. The Ferris Wheel Press 38ml ink bottle is display quality, easy to open, and unique with an interesting brass lug nut cap. On top of all that, these 38ml ink bottles can be stacked.
How Much Do Ferris Wheel Press Inks Cost?
Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black ink is in the 38ml ink bottle, and we’d describe it as a mid-range priced ink. Look for the best prices at PenChalet.com.
How Did Roaring Patina Black Ink Perform in the 1-Dip Test?
We applied our standard one dip test to see how far Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black ink would write on paper (dipping the dip pen in ink only on time). Roaring Patina Black easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples (one dip per writing sample, S, X, and scribble lines).
What was the Dry Time During the Roaring Patina Black Ink Review?
During our review, Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black ink showed a dry time of approximately 8-10 seconds with medium to high saturation, which is slightly under what we like to see in an everyday ink; so we’d put it on our list of approved inks for everyday use. But Roaring Patina Black ink is one that you’d most likely use for a special project, journal or note.
Did Roaring Patina Black Show Any Bleed Through During the Ink Review?
We saw no bleeding during normal use, and we only saw some slight bleeding during the Cotton Swab Test (at the wettest points).
Was There Any Feathering with Roaring Patina Black Ink?
We saw no feathering during normal use and only very slight feathering during the water test (at the most saturated point).
How Does Roaring Patina Black Stand Up to Water?
Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black ink is not waterproof, but we always do a water test anyway. We like to see how inks withstand exposure to water, so we have an idea of how they’ll react. For the water test, we let our ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before we run a wet cotton swab over the sample to observe the effect. Here’s what we saw when we subjected Roaring Patina Black to our standard water test:
- Medium color smearing (typical for a dark, non-waterproof ink)
- Lines very legible
- Almost no distortion at all
- Very little additional feathering
The ink held up very well to the water test.
Does this Week’s Ink Show Good Shading and Shimmer Traits?
The Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black ink had some shade possibilities depending on the pen, nib, and penmanship used. The Golden shimmer was pretty consistent, especially with a large nib and or brush-type pen.
Final Conclusion on Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black Ink:
The Ferris Wheel Press Roaring Patina Black ink is a mid-range price ink from a new, but fun and interesting Canadian Stationery company. The very beautiful Black/Gold color has a nice consistent golden shimmer, and a fairly good dry time. The packaging is gorgeous, and the ink bottle is display quality, with a great lock tight cap shaped like a brass lug nut. The jewelry inspired 38ml ink bottles are also stackable which creates some interesting ink storage options. This high performance ink is safe for fountain pens, but it is a 2022 Limited Edition, so get it while you can. Happy writing from Canada!
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