Good writer, somewhat muted
I ordered this ink to use during the Christmas season. It is a little more muted color than I think I was expecting, though I was going for something more muted than a bright red. I have it in a pen with a stiff flex nib, a very wet writer, so that could be part of it. It shades very well. I would say the color is on the red side of merlot (vs. purple). If you are looking for a color that gives a muted red for a sort of Victorian Christmas look, this one is pretty good.