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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: 96 Write a review.

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Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng September 15, 2014
Reviewer: Michele L Harvey from New York  
I received Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng as a sample buying two, because it looks beautiful. While it has all the properties I look for in Noodler's inks, (waterproof & lightfast), it is however a very dark, nearly black/blue purple. For me it is a little expected as a color, even in a broad nib.
Because it's a 'conservative' color, it could easily pass for office use. My artist heart beats faster with the unexpected and aesthetically pleasing. Noodler's La Reine Mauve is as waterproof but of a more unique color. If Nathan gets around to producing this in the 3 oz. bottles again, I may get one. But the 4.5 size is too much of this ink for my use.

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Wonderful Color September 12, 2014
Reviewer: Kristina Kleinow from Winona, MN United States  
Before I bought Kung Te-Cheng, I read all of the reviews. Now that I have used the ink, I have to agree with previous reviews. This is a dark blue/purple. Lovely color! My current second favorite to Noodler's Baystate Blue!

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Superb! September 11, 2014
Reviewer: Dan Brown from East Wenatchee, WA United States  
This has quickly become one of my favourite inks.  I've been using it primarily in my Pendleton-modified TWSBI 580s, and it really shines there.  A lovely, saturated line!  The colour seems to trend down to a very blue-purple, with much more indigo than purple, and an almost dusty look when it's fully dry.  As a slight cautionary note, it did leave very minor red-purple staining in one of my TWSBIs (although not the other, oddly enough) that took a fair bit of effort to remove.  Not that severe, though, and certainly not enough to stop me from using it!

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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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