Ferris Wheel Press is a company that releases a large number of new inks throughout the year. Usually their inks are released in 38mL bottles, however, this is a bit too much for individuals who only need sample sizes of the ink to test. I appreciate that Ferris Wheel Press offers smaller doses of their newest inks in ink charger sets. These sets include three inks but in a 5mL bottle.
Ferris Wheel Press’s newest set is themed around New York – Lights on Broadway, Grand Central Skies, and Central Park Greens.
The three colors are quite eye-catching and bright.
The first color in this set, Grand Central Skies, is a sparkling ink with a base color of a minty green. Private Reserve DC Supershow Green is a close match but lacks the sparkle.
The silver sparkle in Grand Central Skies shows up in writing as well as the ink swatch.
Ferris Wheel Press Grand Central Skies on Tomoe River 52gsm (TR7) paper:
And the sparkle shot on Tomoe River paper:
Ferris Wheel Press Grand Central Skies on Midori MD paper:
Ferris Wheel Press Grand Central Skies on Cosmo Air Light 83gsm paper. Notice that the sparkle does spread easily on this paper.
The next ink in this set, Central Park Greens, is a bit less saturated than Diamine Light Green but very close. I’ve found it to be perfectly legible on any paper, even with an extra fine nib.
Ferris Wheel Press Central Park Greens on Tomoe River 52gsm (TR7) paper:
Ferris Wheel Press Central Park Greens on Midori MD paper:
Ferris Wheel Press Central Park Greens on Cosmo Air Light 83gsm paper:
The final ink in the New York set is Lights on Broadway. This color is a less saturated version of Diamine Deep Magenta – an eye-searing ink. Lights on Broadway, however, is a gentler pink-purple ink that stays bright but not annoyingly so.
Ferris Wheel Press Lights on Broadway on Tomoe River 52gsm (TR7) paper:
Ferris Wheel Press Lights on Broadway on Midori MD paper:
Ferris Wheel Press Lights on Broadway on Cosmo Air Light 83gsm paper:
While this set does come at a higher price – about $15 for 15mL total (full sized bottles of each are $22 for 38mL) – you do get a chance to try out all three New York inks for the price. If you would like to have a few pen fills of each ink, this is a great way to do so! Be warned, though, that the tiny bottles do not accommodate any pen nib that I know about. You can fill a converter directly from the bottle or use a syringe to fill an eye dropper. For me, the small annoyance is well worth it.