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Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng (4.5oz) with Free Pens


 
4.5oz bottle of Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng fountain pen ink. This bottle has a built-in eyedropper. Comes with a free converted eyedropper Platinum Preppy fountain pen and eyedropper brush pen.

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4.5oz bottle of Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng fountain pen ink. This bottle has a built-in eyedropper. Comes with a free converted eyedropper Platinum Preppy fountain pen and eyedropper brush pen.

This ink is Noodler's attempt to replicate the color, depth, behavior, properties, and general characteristics of the first royal ink of ancient China. This is the STRONGEST of all vintage emperor/royal inks.

How does one find the color of the Emperor's ink - a color know to be the original royal color, a tinge of purple with deep blue hues, the color that later was also called "royal" in France (as well as Rome)? Though clothing for the Emperor stressed royal Mandarin Yellow and the French court stressed blue/white and purple, the original royal ink was indeed this ink color. The precious remnants of the original ink stones were just enough physical and documented information for the color and the characteristics of the inks, so that Noodler's Ink could offer a sample of the Emperor's Ink - as close a replica to that royal ink as ever offered.

The ink is specifically designed for fountain pen use, but is also used by artists, calligraphers and other craftspeople. Ink should be used with included pens (other writing tools may be used but there can be a clogging tendency).

Since this ink is unique and quite apart from all the other inks made, two free pens are enclosed to go with every bottle. Noodler's Ink has tested the ink with these pens extensively and believes that they will serve you well. We recommend that you use this ink only with the enclosed two pens.

A note on the label art and ink name from Noodler's Ink:

The ink used by the Emperor of China during the age whereby Confucius was most recognized for his greatness intrigued the ink maker of Noodler's Ink. The quotes: "The weakest ink is mightier than the strongest memory." and "The four precious necessities - pen, ink, paper, and ink stone" were also fascinating as they are attributed to Confucius.

What ink remnants and/or colors were on the ink stones of the Emperors of China? The preference was for a blue purple - a prime based purple as opposed to the more western violet/magenta and red/blue non-prime mixtures. The information has been limited and all the more so due to the distance of time and the difficulty in getting museums and collectors to cooperate in this quest. As a manner of extending gratitude and thanks for the assistance Noodler's Ink has received, the ink is named in honor of the 77th lineal descendent of Confucius, Mr. Kung Te-cheng.

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Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 93 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
 
Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng August 25, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from United States  
I have only used this in the pen provided, but I am really enjoying it. I've been using it at work to address envelopes and such. What a lovely treat, and I like the story behind it as well.
Great Goulet service, as always!

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
 
Superb, and potentially troublesome. July 26, 2014
Reviewer: Percy Bjorklund from Sweden  
Apart from the drying and possible solvent issue, it's a superior ink.

I'd describe the color as blue-violet gray.
Do I like the color? - Oh yes! Very elegant!
No feathering, no bleedthrough. When flowing, behavior is superb.
But it can exhibit drying/clogging tendencies. If not tamed, it requires startup efforts. Use the pen every day, and use a pen that can be disassembled and has a good seal.

- A very permanent ink! Besides water-bleach-etc-proof, it absolutely aces my 10-day accelerated fading test. No change!

Update: I've tried adding glycerin and a touch of water to the ink (not in the bottle!) and it works. Resolves the drying when pausing to think. I use it as daily working ink, in a Lamy Safari. Perfect ink in the right pen.

Update2: I tried it in a 'vegetable' Konrad. After a week, I noticed that the section and cap seemed to have become softer and deformable? Later, the section/feed suddenly released all ink. Solvents in the ink may not be safe for all pens.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
A great ink July 19, 2014
Reviewer: Alexander Alvonellos from WARNER ROBINS, GA United States  
I've been using this ink for awhile now and wanted to give an update. First things first, if you have a Noodler's pen and are considering buying this ink, buy it. It is a very unique and lovely indigo color that performs outstandingly on all papers and in all Noodler's pens.

The pen it comes with is a great pen, but my experience was not so good when using this ink. The pilot it comes with has a really small feed and gets clogged very easily.
The problem is solved if you take it apart and cut a little with a razor blade. The bottle says to use it with only the provided pen, but that's total rubbish because that pen will NEVER do this ink justice. Noodler's Ahab with a Goulet nib works fantastic.

This ink is a very penetrating ink. I have this moleskine notebook that doesn't like to take virtually any ink, and this ink just penetrates into the paper and looks beautiful.

It dries quickly and flows well. I really like it. It's more indigo/navy than purple.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Beautiful, Historical and Permanent June 15, 2014
Reviewer: Jason M. from Gardena, CA  
I bought this ink initially because of its link to Chinese imperial history. I love the color and thought it would be fun to write with the same style ink that Confucius once used. Before using the ink I set aside a dedicated pen and made sure to clean it very well. I am glad I did because even after a half dozen cleanings there was still some old ink. Once I had satisfied myself that all the old ink was indeed gone I carefully filled with Kung Te-Cheng.

The ink is a gorgeous blue when wet, but dries to a lovely lavender that is almost pastel. It is bulletproof, of course, and behaves well on paper with only minor feathering. There are some startup issues, but these go away very quickly. I have been using the ink for over a month and have noticed absolutely no clogging.

All in all this is a great ink. The included paperwork says that this is a limited release color. I very much hope that Noodler's releases more. It is definitely worth buying.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Very Good Ink May 31, 2014
Reviewer: Tom McDonald from Camas, WA United States  
Color was a little different than expected; more dark blue with just a hint of violet.  I expected more of a purple shade, but still really enjoy the color.  Flow is excellent and have inked up a Sailor Pro Gear Realo without any adverse issues.  Drys quite quickly, doesn't seem prone to feather even on cheap paper and has limited show through.  I highly recommend Noodler's Kung Te-cheng.

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