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


 
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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, interchangeable rollerball tip, 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, interchangeable rollerball tip, 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: 86 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Gorgeous purple/blue ink March 28, 2014
Reviewer: Jenny from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand  
UPDATE AFTER A  YEAR:
This ink has been a consistent favourite ever since I first got it. It presents no problem at all in my various Safari pens, but I also put it into other low-end pens that I own and it hasn't caused any trouble.

The colour looks professional at work, looks pretty on my posh letter writing paper at home, and it always makes me happy when I see it. Using any other ink seems like trying too hard. My heart always pulls me back to this one.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
Love the ink. Such a lovely subtle colour and nobody else at work uses it. I love it on Rhodia paper but even more on Leuchtturm1917. And if I spill my coffee on it I can just rinse the paper off!

The free rollerball pen is excellent. I prefer it to the Noodler's Nib Creaper rollerball I bought, and it writes beautifully. Holds loads of ink too.

The free brush pen is rubbish and leaks everywhere. It looks cheap and nasty too. Oh well.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
 
Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng: Awesome awesome awesome March 21, 2014
Reviewer: Alex from Warner Robins, GA  
I was hesitant at first, to buy this ink, but I'm so glad I did. It's INTERESTING, but not too interesting -- if that makes any sense. Bulletproof, eternal, lightfast, too. It's perfect, from attributes to color to permanence. What a wonderful ink.

I have an Ahab with a Goulet medium nib. I have tried all kinds of papers with it, and each paper unveils an ever-so-slightly different character -- and that's not in a negative way, either.

It doesn't feather, even if you slop it on.

The ink has a funny smell that is kinda like the bubble blowing juice, but it's also pleasant.

I was worried that the ink would also be far too feminine for my taste. I was wrong. It's the most gender-neutral but interesting looking ink I've seen so far. The photographs were way off.

(Substitute lt for the less than symbol)
If you want a perspective, shade wise, I'd say: blue ball pen lt blue pilot precise v5  lt Kung Te-Cheng lt Noodler's Black.

Trust me: buy it! It's not too purple

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
 
Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng February 19, 2014
Reviewer: Ken Vargo from Snellville, GA United States  
This is my everyday in an Ahab flex nib.  The dark rich color looks great on white paper.  I am trying to improve and fancy-up my penmanship and this ink runs great and looks great.

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Excellent Value! Great Color! January 27, 2014
Reviewer: Adrianna Swallows from Cookeville, TN United States  
I have had no feed issues with this ink, although I have used it with pens that didn't come with it.  However, I have read of some people having a lot of trouble, so be careful.
I love this ink though and think it's a great color.

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Great ink, great pens January 22, 2014
Reviewer: Jacob from Waco, TX United States  
As a teacher, I love this package. The Kung Te-Cheng is a vibrant blue with some distinct violet notes, quite unique, making it perfect for everyday writing or grading.

The demonstrator fountain pen works quite well with this ink, and the ball point nib included in the package lays down a very good line. It's my first experience with a brush pen so I can't really compare it with anything else; the make is cheap and it has a tendency to leak, but so far not profusely.

This is my first Noodler's ink, and it's fantastic. The fountain pen included has a snap posting lid, convenient since this ink is very dry. I was considering using the ink in my Kaweco Liliput, but I fear now that the Emperor will dry out before I can put the lid back on. The selling point to me was the bullet proof quality, which I assume is part of why this one dries out quickly. In all, this versatile package is a great value.


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