An excellent conversation piece
The tie itself is well made and has a nice feel, as well as tying easily. In this color the picture is accurate. The body of the tie isn't quite black. There is a blue hue to it, and in normal office lighting the red rods stand out as a nice accent against the various blue shades.
Some ties seem to have a trickier time settling in, but this was excellent from the start. Right off, walking into work, I caught glances and people stopped to ask about the tie. Telling them about the pattern had them either intrigued or laughing at how happy I was with the Avian Flu my wife gave me. I have Vaccine as well and look forward to buying more of Infections Awareables products.