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Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng (4.5oz Bottle) with Free Pen
Product Code N19899
4.5oz bottle of Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng fountain pen ink. This bottle has a built-in eyedropper. Comes with a free Noodler's “Charlie" eyedropper fountain pen.
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Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng (4.5oz Bottle) with Free Pen

4.5oz bottle of Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng fountain pen ink. This bottle has a built-in eyedropper. Comes with a free Noodler's “Charlie" eyedropper fountain 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.

Bottled Inks
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Fast Drying
Freeze Resistant
Ink Color
Iron Gall
Water Resistant
0.800 lbs
1.000 in
1.000 in
1.000 in
Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng (4.5oz Bottle) with Free Pen is rated 4.625 out of 5 by 96.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite color, maybe. Could be my favorite shade. Couldn't care less about the "story" behind the ink. With all due respect to Noodler's, that's just marketing. What's important is that this is the best looking shade of ink I've seen so far. Also, in some admittedly non-scientific tests, this "partially" water-resistant and bulletproof ink did better than some of the fully WR and BP varieties, when I submerged a test page in water. Update to review after several months. Still might be my favorite color, although there are other candidates. Trying it in pens other than the included Preppy, I've actually clogged a couple, and it's hard to clean out. Still looking for the ideal pen to complement it. So far, the Preppy has actually worked best.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular An amazingly beautiful blue-violet. I don't know of any other ink that even comes close to this colour. It's my second favourite Noodler's (after the incomparable Apache Sunset, though Kung Te-Cheng, I have to admit, is much more usable). It doesn't shade at all, but not all inks have to shade to be appealing. (You might get some shading in a fatter nib than I used, but it doesn't look like it would.) The only downside is that it dries extremely quickly and has to be scrubbed off of everything it touches. A droplet that landed on the sink as I was filling my pen latched on and didn't want to come off. The metal needle on the syringe that I used to fill the converted likewise needed elbow grease to remove. But it doesn't seem to stick to or stain plastic.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Unusual Color I really love this ink. It is one of my favorites because it is so different from other blue/purple colors, and hard to describe. I ignored the warning on the bottle and inked up my TWSBI 580 medium tip and it is working just as good on day 30 as day 1. I have not had any clogging problems whatsoever, which is great for obvious reasons but also because i really hate the fine tip preppy that comes with this ink. The fine line just doesnt show off this ink and is very scratchy.It should also be mentioned that this ink does have kind of a funky smell.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Noodler's Kung Te-Chung I bought this ink because I liked the color shown on the page and it came with a free brush pen and converted platinum preppy. But, I can't say it's what I expected. First, the color doesn't match to what's in the picture very well. Second, it has the weirdest smell too it and you'll smell it nearly every time you write with it. I don't use the ink too often now and I really only use in the brush pen that came with the ink. Now, I don't want you to think I hate the ink because, as it turns out, I really like using it with the brush pen. It's a very cool cobalt-to-purple color and it feels like it was meant for that brush pen. I wouldn't put it in a pen because it's an ink that doesn't behave well but I really like using it with the brush.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a Great Pyrenees. If you have never had a dog, it is not a good idea to get a Great Pyrenees. They're big, stubborn, territorial, shed a lot, and track in huge amounts of mud. You have to learn their internal logic, not insist that they adhere to yours. That being said, the limitations are not limitations if you need a dog with stamina and resourcefulness. In that same way, this is not an ink for people who want their ink to 'be good'. If you are willing to work with it, Kung Te-Chung is a tough companion who has your back. It is one of the most unfading inks ever - I bought it to copy reference materials. The color does not match the picture, I am not sure that any computer scan could capture the character of this ink. If you are uncertain, get a sample first. (Writing implements = They are ~included~ because you need them. The Preppy is utility-full, and the brush pen is to play with - make sure you slap a little extra silicon grease on the cheapy plastic threads. Get a real brush later.)
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful, but... This was my favorite color of FP ink I'd ever tried, and found a perfect balance between blue, purple, and black. It was classy, it was dignified, and it was simply beautiful. Great for working with ink-wash paintings. Worked for a few weeks in the supplied pen. Clogged up all of my other pens within a week. Use ONLY with the supplied pen, as a calligraphy brush or as a dip ink. IF Noodlers' made this in a bulletproof version that didn't clog my pens, I'd be delighted.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Ink, brush pen not so much. It's a true purple and just a tad lighter than the swatch on the web site. When used in a brush pen it goes down wet and dark and dries very quickly and the color brightens up. On the paper I've tried it on It has a curious feature where it appears to not dye all of the paper fibers and has a slightly mottled look. It has an antique appearance when dry and it resists feathering on cheap paper pretty well. The brush pen isn't the highest quality and tends to leak around where the white plastic fits into the screw on "cap"
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I love this, but it is a tricky ink to use. I use only in the accompanying Platinum Preppy as per directions, but this comes out to be a very dusty purple for me. It seems much more saturated on my computer screen than on any paper I've written on yet. It's a really beautiful color ? just slightly more tint to my eye. The major downside is that it dries very fast, so you can't leave the pen open for any significant time (~20 seconds or so in my climate). It dries and clogs quickly for me. Has an inky smell which some find off-putting ? I like it. Color is very nice and more saturated (closer to my computer screen) with the rollerball converter that accompanies.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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