I've always like Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng, but its quick-drying times, chalky texture, and high maintenance means I'm limited to using it in my Platinum Preppy eyedropper....until now.
At last! A serendipitous mix of Iroshizuku Yama-budo and Ku-jaku has given me an ink with all the lovely indigo color of KTC and none of the fuss. Best of all, the flow is silky smooth and easy to clean....perfect!
'Course, the color isn't 100% matching, and I'm still in the process of tweaking my formula (which consists of just throwing random colors together), but I do remember it was something like 60% Yama-budo and 40% Ku-jaku.
I like how the Iroshizuku clone is slightly more blue than the original KTC...gives it a cooling effect that's easy on the eyes.
The difference is most noticeable on white papers like my Rhodia dot pad, but on yellow or cream colored papers the two inks are virtually indistinguishable. I call that success!
And to end this all, if anyone's interested, I'm currently selling off my bottle of KTC (Preppy included), as well as another purple, the discontinued MB Violet. Cheers!