A few weekends back I finally got the chance to spend time with a couple pen friends, and of course the main event was playing with inks. Thanks to Jesi’s incredible ink sample collection and my brand new sample vial stamp, I was able to swab almost 90 inks over the course of the weekend.
As with any good pen get-together, I left with a shopping list. A few of the samples I tested intrigued me enough to make the cut for purchasing a full bottle. Earlier this week, the first of those bottles arrived.
I was excited to try several of the newer Ferris Wheel Press pastel colored inks. I’ve been keeping an eye on these inks since the marketing photos were first released. In the bottles, the entire line of colors is beautiful and photogenic, but several of the new colors were too light for my personal taste in my swabs. Luckily, the Pink Eraser ink was a little brighter and more saturated than the others I tried. Color me interested.
I pulled out the pinks in my collection, and eliminated the eye-searing neon inks (ex. Taccia Momo) and the darker, purple based pink inks (ex. Andrinople). The inks that were somewhere in the middle of the spectrum were the ones that I tested against Pink Eraser.
The two colors in my collection that were closest to Pink Eraser were Iroshizuku Kosumosu and Robert Oster Sushi. Kosumosu has a little less shading while adding sheen, while Sushi is a little lighter with a touch more peach undertone.
One of the things we discussed over the weekend was that Pink Eraser seemed to be a pretty good match for its name sake. Of course I pulled out some erasers to check our prediction.
Obviously, pink erasers vary from pencil to pencil. Similarly, the ink also displays a significant amount of shading. The darker end of the shading is a dead ringer for the eraser on my vintage Mongols. In its lighter form, it’s much more similar to a lighter pink eraser like the General Pencil Company Kimberly Eraser pictured at the beginning of this post.
As I was testing Pink Eraser against my other selected pinks, I realized that it might be a good match for my Kindom Note Umiushi “Sea Slug” Pro Gear Slim Mini. In fact, it seemed to be a closer match than the matching “Okenia Hiroi” ink that came with the pen. I cleaned out the remaining black ink from my Sailor cartridge, and syringe filled the cartridge with Pink Eraser.
It’s the kind of match that will make it difficult to ink this pen with any other ink. I also inked it up in a TWSBI 1.1mm stub nib. The comparison really shows off the significant shading this ink possesses. You might even be able to convince me the two pens were inked with different inks.
Ferris Wheel inks aren’t cheap at $36, but the bottles are also a whopping 85mL. Time to start practicing my folded nib writing. I’m glad to see that Ferris Wheel Press is looking to release smaller ink bottles in the future.
- Paper: Rhodia DotPad Notepad No.19
- Pens: Sailor Pro Gear Sapporo Slim, TWSBI Eco, Acrylic dip nib pen (Approx. $15)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10), Col-o-ring “Oversize” ($15), Col-o-Ring Dippers ($5)
- Stamps: Ink Bottle (Short) Rubber Stamp ($14), Sample Vial Rubber Stamp ($12)
- Ink: Ferris Wheel Press Pink Eraser ($36 for 85ml bottle)
DISCLAIMER: The items included in this review were purchased with my own funds with the exception of some of the Col-o-ring goodies that arrived at my door from Kansas City. Please see the About page for more details.