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  1. As you may know, Sailor makes custom inks for shops in Japan. Kingdom Note is one such shop in Tokyo. They have started a series this year based on the famous early 11th century Japanese novel Tale of Genji. The usual series of KN inks comprise five inks, but this series already has eight inks. It's unknown how many inks are planned, or how long they'll be available. Perhaps someone in Japan has inquired about these matters and could comment. This is a golden brown ink named Monogatari which is according to Wiki a traditional Japanese literary form in which the Tale of Genji was written. The
  2. Sailor makes inks for select shops carrying their pens and standard inks. One of those shops named Kingdom Note has a line of inks after Japanese wild birds, insects, and fungi. They have been sought after by ink cognoscenti to the detriment of their pocketbooks and wallets. Many of the inks may well be the best Sailor has produced. This ink is named after a particular Japanese beetle known as the "Rhinoceros beetle". It is sometimes sold as a pet in Japan and other parts of Asia. If I remember correctly it only lives for about 4 months or so as an actual beetle. They live about a year
  3. Sailor and Kingdom Note have been collaborating on inks for some time now, five years I think. This year (2017) they started a new series called "Green Experience" which like the other series such as "Insects" and "Fungi" consists of five inks. Two cover green plants from Southeast Asia, and three are based on green plants in Japan. This is a fairly broad category and could cover the many many shades of green, but it seems this line focuses on the slightly bluish greens found in nature. KN and Sailor have chosen some very interesting shades. This shade perfectly captures the color and tonali
  4. As many, if not most, people know, Sailor makes custom or bespoke inks for specialty shops in Japan. Some of these, such as Bungbox or Kobe, are readily available online even from US vendors such as Vanness or Anderson Pens. Others are available online in Japan. Many others are only available through in person purchase at the shop. The Kingdom Note inks are available online in Japan, and through purchasers known as "forwarders" one is able to obtain these inks, though at additional cost. Each year KN works with the Sailor master ink maker to produce a new set of inks for the shop. This yea
  5. Each year KN works with the Sailor master ink maker to produce a new set of inks for the shop. This year it appears the title of the series is "Green Experience" and it focuses on some green plants native to Asia and Japan. This ink is one of five in the series, and that number is fairly common in the KN series. This is the darkest ink of the bunch, and one of the darkest green inks in my collection. It is darker than Sailor Miruai and Tokiwa-matsu, darker then KWZ Midnight Green by a bit, darker than Diamine Deep Dark Green (Cult Pens). It is near black, but a close inspection, and any compa
  6. 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 blu
  7. You should probably view this review with extreme caution. First it's for a Sailor ink. Second it's a Japanese exclusive ink for the Kingdom Note shop. So this means it's not readily available here in the US or anywhere else outside Japan. You should probably just use the "back" button on your browser now and save yourself all the aggravation of wanting an ink you probably can't get. I presume if you've gotten this far you are one of the hardcore Sailor ink lovers. And while a color may deter you, pretty much anything else won't. The salivating emoji will take control and have its way with y
  8. Sailor Kingdom Note "Crustacean series" Macrocheira kampferi (Japanese Spider Crab) Thanks to an inky friend in Japan I've received a sample of this ink from the Kingdom Notes' Crustacean series. Most English-speaking people refer to this ink as "Japanese Spider Crab," but the label actually uses the scientific name given above. Regardless of the name, this is a muted orange ink, and somewhat desaturated as are many of the inks in this Crustacean series. It is drier than the inks in the previous Bird and Insect series, but that's just by comparison. I doubt anyone would actually say this ink
  9. white_lotus

    Sailor Kingdom Note Falco Peregrinus

    Kingdom Notes second series of bespoke inks from Sailor was themed "Wild Birds". This was back in 2013 I believe. When I fell down the rabbit hole of bespoke inks I was fairly selective and for whatever reasons I didn't get many from these series, except of course, Lidth's jay. Recently an inky friend in Japan sent me a couple KN samples so I could review them. Falco peregrinus is one. Normally gray inks don't interest me even though they probably shade better than black inks, but I always prefer the latter as they are decisive. Black is an ink for serious writing and correspondence. To me,
  10. 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 blu
  11. So far over the past five years Kingdom Note has collaborated with Sailor to produce a thematic group of inks exclusive for the shop. In 2015, the series was on Crustaceans of Japan, or more specifically, the waters of Japan. Cambaroides japonicus Birgus latro Marsupenaeus japonicus Uca arcuata Macrocheira kaempferi Originally I was only able to acquire a couple of these, and recently these inks came back in stock, except for the M. kaempferi, and I was able to get two more. I've previously reviewed two of these inks, the C. japonicus and the U. arcuata, The links are above in the list. Th
  12. So far over the past five years Kingdom Note has collaborated with Sailor to produce a thematic group of inks exclusive for the shop. In 2015, the series was on Crustaceans of Japan, or more specifically, the waters of Japan. Cambaroides japonicus Birgus latro Marsupenaeus japonicus Uca arcuata Macrocheira kaempferi Originally I was only able to acquire a couple of these, and recently these inks came back in stock, except for the M. kaempferi, and I was able to get two more. I've previously reviewed two of these inks, the C. japonicus and the U. arcuata, The links are above in the list. Th
  13. Quite a while back around August 2015 I worked on this review but apparently never finished it, nor posted it. So here it is! Even though I don't have an ink droplet image as the pen I just filled with this ink is an Edison Beaumont pneumatic filler, so kind of hard to do ink droplets. The ink goes down a rich deep blue, then dries to a more muted blue. Some might dislike that effect and prefer the color when wet. There is lots of red sheen on Tomoe River paper. Pen: Pelikan M400 (F), Edison Beaumont (M-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodi
  14. Dorcus hopei binodulosus = Japanese Stag Beetle I thought I'd reviewed this ink a long time ago, but I never did. So here it is now. This ink is for lovers of black inks. It is one very seductive bug. In a number of Asian countries these creatures are kept as pets. However they only live for four months as a beetle: their larval stage lasts about a year. This is a black with good shading. On TR is has amazing green sheen, especially when wet. I'm very happy I have a bottle of this. It seems like there could be some water resistance, but as always take care in that regard. The color ink
  15. This is a series of ink reviews "blues reviews" covering nearly all the blue inks in my collection that I haven't yet reviewed. The papers used are Mohawk via Linen, Hammermill 28lb inkjet, and Tomoe River. Sorry, but I didn't do any waterfastness test, or chromatography.
  16. Some time last year Kingdom Note came out with two new lineups of bespoke inks from Sailor. They were the "Jellyfish" and "Crustaceans" lines and these pretty much replaced their previous collections of "Wild Birds," "Mushrooms," and "Insects". This was at a time when obtaining these Sailor inks became difficult for even those living in Japan. Some stores discontinued selling online, or even began limiting purchasers to just one or two bottles of ink, and another chose to raise prices over 100%. Kingdom Note is not one of those stores, but availability of their inks has been quite limited, a
  17. Some time last year Kingdom Note came out with two new lineups of bespoke inks from Sailor. They were the "Jellyfish" and "Crustaceans" lines and these pretty much replaced their previous collections of "Wild Birds," "Mushrooms," and "Insects". This was at a time when obtaining these Sailor inks became difficult for even those living in Japan. Some stores discontinued selling online, or even began limiting purchasers to just one or two bottles of ink, and another chose to raise prices over 100%. Kingdom Note is not one of those stores, but availability of their inks has been quite limited, a
  18. Some time last year Kingdom Note came out with two new lineups of bespoke inks from Sailor. They were the "Jellyfish" and "Crustaceans" lines and these pretty much replaced their previous collections of "Wild Birds," "Mushrooms," and "Insects". This was at a time when obtaining these Sailor inks became difficult for even those living in Japan. Some stores discontinued selling online, or even began limiting purchasers to just one or two bottles of ink, and another chose to raise prices over 100%. Kingdom Note is not one of those stores, but availability of their inks has been quite limited, a
  19. Some time last year Kingdom Note came out with two new lineups of bespoke inks from Sailor. They were the "Jellyfish" and "Crustaceans" lines and these pretty much replaced their previous collections of "Wild Birds," "Mushrooms," and "Insects". This was at a time when obtaining these Sailor inks became difficult for even those living in Japan. Some stores discontinued selling online, or even began limiting purchasers to just one or two bottles of ink, and another chose to raise prices over 100%. Kingdom Note is not one of those stores, but availability of their inks has been quite limited, a
  20. Kingdom Note is japanese shop that tempts westerners with their choice of Sailor inks grouped into series inspired by nature: Insects, Birds and fungi. Fungi series consists of five colors. I've received samples of three of them so you can expect to see almost full line in coming days. Amanita Muscaria Entoloma Virescens Mycena Pura Stropharia Aeruginosa Trametes Versicolor Trametes versicolor called also Turkey tail is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. Meaning 'of several colours', versicolor reliably describes this mushroom found in different colors. By example, due
  21. Kingdom Note is japanese shop that tempts westerners with their choice of Sailor inks grouped into series inspired by nature: Insects, Birds and fungi. Fungi series consists of five colors. I've received samples of three of them so you can expect to see almost full line in coming days. Amanita Muscaria Entoloma Virescens Mycena Pura Stropharia Aeruginosa Tremetes Versicolor Entoloma Virescens, commonly known as the Sky Blue mushroom, is a rare of mushroom with deep blue coloring. Sailor interprets this color as, well, strange hue of blue. It's dirty blue turquois
  22. Kingdom Note is japanese shop that tempts westerners with their choice of Sailor inks grouped into series inspired by nature: Insects, Birds and fungi. Fungi series consists of five colors. I've received samples of three of them so you can expect to see almost full line in coming days. Amanita Muscaria Entoloma Virescens Mycena Pura Stropharia Aeruginosa Trametes Versicolor Mycena Pura, commonly known as the lilac bonnet, is a species of mushroom in the family Mycenaceae. First called Agaricus prunus in 1794 by Christian Hendrik Persoon, it was assigned its current name
  23. In case the title gets truncated this is Sailor Ishida bungu Hakodate twilight vs Kingdom Note Garrulous lidthi vs Kingdom Note Entoloma virescens vs Bungbox Ozaemaki Ocean.
  24. Mods: I'm not sure if this should be here, but it didn't quite seem like a classified. I bought a couple bottles of Kingdom Note 5th Anniversary Ink back when they were all the rage. However, I keep all my ink in Nalgene bottles. From some of the talk in other fora, it seems like these might be worth selling (ebay? here?) Anyone with opinions? Thanks, greg





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