ferris wheel press tanzanite sky ink review

Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky Ink Review: The Original Trio Collection

Ready for today’s Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky Ink Review? Have you ever had an idea that evolved into a good plan with all the key elements in place, but then…you just couldn’t wait to proceed according to the plan? Here at Pen Chalet, we had just such a plan in place – a plan to introduce Ferris Wheel Press to our loyal customers in early 2022. But due to very popular demand, and many persistent customers, we just couldn’t wait any longer and decided to go ahead and introduce Ferris Wheel Press in 2021. And this week, we’re offering up our 1st official full Ferris Wheel Press ink review. We hope you’re excited!

All About the Ink Maker: Ferris Wheel Press

Ferris Wheel Press is a Canadian stationery company whose slogan, “Fall in Love with Writing Again” TM speaks to the heart of writing enthusiasts everywhere. The company creates a range of products from ink to fountain pens, rollerball pens, ballpoint pens, notebooks, and more. The Ferris Wheel Press products are interesting and unique to the pen community, which makes them a fun addition to our inventory here at Pen Chalet. Ferris Wheel Press inks are water-based inks made with high-quality dyes creating deep saturated tones and low sheen for a wonderful array of beautiful ink colors. Ferris Wheel Press inks are made in Canada and are safe for use with fountain pens.

This week’s featured ink, Tanzanite Sky, is from the Ferris Wheel Press Original Trio Collection.

All About The Ink Series: Ferris Wheel Press Original Trio Collection

Tanzanite Sky ink is one of the three inks in the Ferris Wheel Press Original Trio Collection.

The Ferris Wheel Press Original Trio Ink Collection includes:

  • Bluegrass Velvet
  • Candy Marsala
  • Tanzanite Sky

Let’s get to know Tanzanite Sky ink a little better!

All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky Ink Review

The Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky ink is a very deep, dark blue tanzanite color with purple undertones and color that goes down with medium to high saturation, and shows up very dark on paper. The ink’s packaging and branding are very unique and interesting – more info below on that particular aspect of this week’s featured ink.

***Looking for the giveaway that usually accompanies our weekly ink reviews? As always, we’ll forgive you if you skip straight to the bottom of this ink review and enter to win. But remember winners are no longer picked weekly! Instead, we will include ALL of the inks featured in our weekly ink reviews as giveaway prizes during our NEW monthly 15 on the 15th: GIVEAWAY DAY with Pen Chalet. Check it out: 15 on the 15th fun (you’re going to love it). 

It’s Time: Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky Ink Review

For this Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky ink review, we put the featured ink through our standard ink review tests, so you could get a better idea of how it might suit your writing style and your current ink collection.

ferris wheel press tanzanite sky ink review
Consider the ink review results from this week’s Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky ink review.

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 French-made Rhodia dot 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 Tanzanite Sky ink comes in a 38ml unique jewelry-inspired heavy-weighted glass bottle. The outer packaging is very professional, and they have internal protection built into the inner box. The bottle itself is display quality and collectible. Ink fans will also enjoy the easy to open, unique, and interesting brass lug nut cap with what Ferris Wheel Press describes as a secure locking mechanism to secure against any leaks. We’re also intrigued by the ability to set this 38ml ink bottle on its side (when capped, of course) and even stack it with other Ferris Wheel Press 38ml ink bottles. Tanzanite Sky is also available at Pen Chalet in one of the Ferris Wheel Press Ink Charger Sets, sets of 3 complementary inks in 5ml glass vials. If you’re hoping to get the ink charger set including Tanzanite Sky ink, look for the Original Trio in the color dropdown menu.

How Much Do Ferris Wheel Press Inks Cost?

Ferris Wheel Press inks fall in the mid-range price in comparison to other fountain pen inks on the market. Look for the best prices at PenChalet.com.

How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?

We use the 1-dip test to see how far one dip can write on paper (dipping the pen into the ink only once). Tanzanite Sky ink easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples. (Using only one dip per writing sample “S” “X” and scribble lines, see the image above). 

How Fast Does Tanzanite Sky Ink Dry?

During our ink review, Tanzanite Sky fountain pen ink showed a dry time of approximately 12-13 seconds with medium to high saturation. That’s slightly longer than we would normally like to see for an everyday ink, but we’d still categorize it as appropriate for use as a project, journal, or special note ink.

Does This Week’s Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?

We saw very slight bleeding during normal use on Rhodia dot pad paper. We did also see some additional slight bleeding during the heavily saturated cotton swab test (but only at the wettest points).

Was There Any Feathering During the Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky Ink Review?

We saw no feathering during normal use, but we did see some very slight feathering during the water test (expected with a non-waterproof ink).

How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water? 

Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky ink is not meant to be waterproof, but we like to put all our inks through a water test to see how well (or not) they withstand exposure to water. 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 are the results we saw during our Tanzanite Sky ink review water test:

  • Dark color smearing (typical for dark, water-based inks)
  • Lines very legible (almost no distortion at all)
  • Almost zero additional feathering
  • Held up very well to the water test

Does Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky Ink Have Good Shading Traits?

We didn’t see much shading with this particular ink color due to its dark tone and high saturation. With a brush pen, you may find some additional shading possibilities.

Final Conclusion on Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky Ink:

Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky ink is mid-range price ink with a very dark, well-saturated blue-purple color and a slightly high dry time. Ferris Wheel Press makes high-performance inks safe for fountain pens in a wide range of colors. Tanzanite Sky was one of their original three ink releases and is now available in the Original Trio Ink Collection. The ink comes from a fun and interesting Canadian Stationery company and has fantastic packaging. The 38ml ink bottles are fun and beautiful, as well as stackable. The jewelry-inspired design seamlessly combines with the signature lug nut cap and secure locking system for a great look that offers fun, new possibilities. Happy writing from Canada!

Enter to Win This Week’s Ink, Next Week’s Ink & More

Look for the bottle of Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky Ink used in this week’s ink review as one of the giveaway prizes in our next 15 on the 15th: Giveaway Day with Pen Chalet! Enter to Win now at PenChalet.com and come back next week for another weekly ink review!

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Rachel T.
2 years ago

I’m excited you’re going to be carrying Ferris Wheel Press. I’m definitely adding this one to my wish list.