The ink dries as more of a brown with a slight red tinge than red-black, but
it's a nice shade of brown at any rate. I wish a pen company made a true dark
red or red-black in a retractable pen, but this isn't it.
I work in accounts payable and LOVE this pen. First, I am the only one with this
color that is different yet looks professional. Second, I use it with all types
of office paper. I would not use it on the back of a credit card or on glossy
photo paper. I have never had a problem with it drying. I use about 1 pen per
month and am purchasing another box.