Trametes Versicolor (Turkey Tail) – Kingdom Note

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.

  1. Amanita Muscaria
  2. Entoloma Virescens
  3. Mycena Pura
  4. Stropharia Aeruginosa
  5. Tremetes Versicolor

Tremetes 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 to its resembling multiple colors in the tail of wild turkey, T. versicolor is commonly called turkey tail. 

Sailor interprets this color as blue-black. Well, recently I’ver came to enjoy some blue blacks (especially Robert Oster’s Blue Night) but this one is average. Of course behaviour is rather nice, it won’t cause any suffering to your pens nor blledthrough / feathering on cheaper papers. If you spill the water on notes taken with Tremetes versicolor, you’ll still be able to read them after the accident. That’s all fine but we already have it elsewhere for less money (unless of course you leave in Japan, then you’re happy and can enjoy this inks for reasonable price).

If you love blue-blacks and want to collect them all you can try this one. It won’t however stand out from the crowd. To be honest I find Lamy Blue/Black more interesting.

Ink Splash

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Software ID


Tomoe River – Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper, B




Leuchtturm 1917 – Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper, B




Clairefontaine – Visconti van Gogh, M



Oxford – Hero 5028, stub 1,9 



Water resistance (30 minutes of soaking)





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