Ink Review #650: Kingdom Note Tomato Red


Kingdom Note Tomato Red is from the Vegetable collection, manufactured by Sailor and sold exclusively in the Kingdom Note Tokyo store. This ink is bright, much brighter than the tomatoes I usually find.


The color:

Tomato Red is a vibrant cheerful red.



In large swabs you can see the small pop of gold sheen.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-just a bit in the flex nib.

Other properties: low shading, high sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding and feathering in the flex nib as well as some feathering in the other nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Tomato Red is very similar to Sailor Jentle Irori and Taccia Aka Red. In writing it’s hard to tell the three apart. Click here to see the Kingdom Note inks together, and click here to see the red inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Galaxy with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, it’s a really great red ink, but I do wish it was easier to procure in the United States. It’s got some pretty gold sheen and a nice wet flow.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a reader for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain not affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.