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This is a nice burgundy...
November 22, 2011
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This is a nice burgundy color, but it's a little too transparent to pass as real blood -- it's got a sort of watercolor quality to it. It's very close to the Marvy Uchida burgundy, but a little more transparent. It's roughly the same deep red with a hint of purple as partly-dry blood (not as red as freshly-spilled blood, not as brown as old dried blood) but not as opaque as real blood. (If that's your thing, you might want to try using an opaque acrylic paint instead.)

The Zig pens have a bit of a brush quality to them (with a small, mostly-stiff point) that gives a line quality similar to a Tradio/Pulaman/Fountain Pentel, but the Zig has many more color options. The Tradio/Pulaman/Fountain Pentels go "scratchity scratchity scratchity" when you write -- and sometimes "spit" little droplets in a random direction. The Zig writes more quietly, and has similar thicks and thins, but without the occasional spitty surprise. I personally prefer writing with the Tradio/Pulaman/Fountain Pentels, because their scratchiness grips the paper firmly and their ink is a bit darker, but I suspect most people will prefer the Zig's predictability and wider range of colors.
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While stiffer than I...
July 13, 2014
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While stiffer than I thought the tip would be, I actually enjoy this pen for its super fine lines. And the ink doesn't bleed through even the cheapest of paper I own. The color itself is a nice, slightly desaturated burgundy. I should note that the pen body says the color is "Bordeaux," so I'm not sure why JetPens calls it "Blood Red." Blood color would have more brown in it, I imagine, but this is more of a dark true red with enough violet to be burgandy, and again, somewhat desaturated in hue.

At any rate, I really enjoy the extra fine lines these pens produce, and the ink supply is hefty. Perfectly worth the price, even with a somewhat stiffer nib than imagined.
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I wouldn't quite call...
May 26, 2011
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I wouldn't quite call it blood red, it has a bit of a... mauve, maybe? tint to it. It's still a nice shade of red, and it writes beautifully. The super fine tip makes it easy to write very small, but you can also write a little bit thicker with it. Really looking forward to trying out more colors!
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It's more like slightly...
April 14, 2011
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It's more like slightly dried blood than fresh, bright red blood. It's a little darker. The tip is a lot thinner and stiffer than I thought it'd be. When I opened this up, some of the ink had spilled in the cap a bit, but I guess that's normal... can't wait to start using this more though :)
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Almost scary how very...
November 24, 2010
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Almost scary how very much this ink looks like blood. There seemed to be a lot of ink in the cap on arrival (which I thought might have been due to Winter shipping) but looking at the pictures of the refills online, mine isn't noticeably drained after all.
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Like color and pen point...
December 26, 2015
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Like color and pen point a lot
These pens are nothing...
November 9, 2015
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These pens are nothing but a joy to use.
Nice color and ink flow...
October 22, 2015
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Nice color and ink flow for a very stiff brush.
I am in love with this...
July 1, 2015
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I am in love with this color! But the reason why I didn't give it five stars it because it tends to smear all over my fingers if I'm not careful with it, meaning that if I forget I'm writing with it, it'll form a nasty stain. Overall, I adore the color.
Where's the ink? Is there...
June 14, 2015
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Where's the ink? Is there a trick to get the ink flowing...? My refill is dry and doesn't flow at all. I love the color but I have to write very slow for the ink to produce a decent line. If I don't use just the right amount of pressure - the color looks faded, like bleached out pink. Based on everyone else's reviews, I am guessing that I just didn't get a good refill. I want to like these so much that I am going to try another color...
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