In May 2014 Kingdom Note came out with a new line of specialty inks from Sailor based on Mushrooms. At that time they were relatively easy to obtain, but only two of the inks were colors that appealed to me then, so I passed on the others. Recently several became available again as they sometimes do, and I decided to get them. I've learned that the little color circle on the box is only the most general idea of the ink color.
The five inks of this series are
Amanita muscaria (red)
Entoloma virescens (light blue)
Stropharia aeruginosa (green)
Mycena pura (pink)
Trametes versicolor (dark blue)
I'd reviewed the two blue inks earlier and the links are above. Normally I don't buy red inks as I rarely have any use for them, they're often too bright, or dry. Occasionally I've bought some Noodler's reds mostly for the label (Park Red, Berning Red) but they rarely make the rotation. But this one seemed different and I decided to give this one a try since I was ordering other KN inks as well.
This ink didn't disappoint. This particular pen has a fairly fine nib and with this ink produced a very nice line. The flow was wet enough, not dry, reasonable dry times, and no problems in handling. And I liked the color. I don't know how it looks in a wide nib. There's a good amount of pink in this red and that's probably why I like it.
Pen: Pelikan M201 (F-steel)
Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory.
Camera: iPhone 7
Depending on the angle of your screen, the ink may appear much darker than real life. The original pictures seem to be darker than my review pages where the writing is simply darker than the page. The ink color approaches a strawberry shade more than the Coca-cola red. I wouldn't say it's a red-orange color either like the box implies.