This is a really neat ink. It's a nice dark red (think blood clot, I know.. I know) when layed down with a bold or med nib. I'm supposed to use black or blue for work and have been getting away with using this so it's a nice change of pace. Now what's neat about it is if you use an italic or fine it is more red than black. I purchased this on a whim and I'm glad I did.