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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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Our Price: $27.50

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Product Code: N19899

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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: 100 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Color alert! October 13, 2014
Reviewer: Melodie McLellan from Austin, TX United States  
Here's what I have found in using this ink for a year: The color of the ink varies according to the character of the paper you use. A lot. More than any of the dozen inks I have used. The same fill of ink in a pen with a Pilot medium nib shows plum purple on newsprint, rich blue purple on Clairfontaine white, and chalky greyish on a coated letterhead paper, almost black on a coated cardstock, flat purple on Apica. If you don't like the color you see, try it on different paper.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Very Nice Ink October 8, 2014
Reviewer: Rogelio Cadena from Mexico, DF  
Very nice Ink . . . The color is a little more blue than purple, it could pass for a every day ink.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Dries fast. October 2, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
This dries pretty fast.  I tried it on some water resistant paper I use at work and it doesn't stand on the paper surface like some of the other bulletproof inks.  This has immediately become a go to ink for me for work.  Now in rotation with Namiki Blue and Black.  It's darker and more blue than other purples I've tried.  'Bout all I have to say I suppose.  Oh yea, I use it in the dropper preppy pen and it throws down a medium line and is reliable enough for daily use.  Snap caps rule.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Times Change September 21, 2014
Reviewer: Icywolfe from Los Angeles, CA United States  
Times change, worlds end, and KTC remains the same.

This might be only true Buttleproof ink from Noodlers. Even Noodler's black turns a lighter shade in the sun while KTC just remains the same.

This is a extremely dry ink. If you dilute it you'll miss out on the color so the best thing to do is to use Photoflo to make it wetter as it doesn't make the ink lose color.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
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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