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Retro 51 Pens

Retro 51
With a mission statement like "Life is too short to carry an Ugly Pen!", Retro 51 is all about bright colors and unique themes. Always searching for the latest theme or trend, Retro 1951 combines modern trends with vintage quality and ideals.

Started in 1990, Retro 1951 focused on unique gift writing instruments. They wanted to create a pen that shows a bit about the writer from the design. A pen makes a perfect gift that will last for years and is a token of love and friendship. Each Retro 51 has been designed, created and packaged with nostalgic Americana.

In 1997, Retro 51 release the Tornado in three colors: red, blue and green. The retractable rollerball pen was an instant hit and is still available today in a broader color and theme selection. Just like a tornado, this pen will blow you away.

Since then Retro 51 has expanded their offering including such items as fountain pens. By an nostalgic pen designed by Retro 51 today!

Pen Chalet is an Authorized Dealer of Retro 51 pens and writing instruments.

Country: United States of America

Customer Reviews

Argo
Pen Chalet did a great job on the design of this exclusive
Michael
Goodyear, AZ
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Sherman Tank Big Shot
Retros are great and the big shots are awesome. Not near as many big shots made as the standard Tornado. They did a great job on the design of this one. I have over 100 Retro's and enjoy everyone of them.
Michael
Goodyear, AZ
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Leviathan
Pen Chalet did a great job on this exclusive. If you didn't get one, I'm sorry. You missed ut!
Michael
Goodyear, AZ
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Leviathan
The screen print still looks cool, but this pen would’ve been hard to beat if it was acid etched
Chris
Appleton, WI
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Typewriter
Absolutely love the Retro 51/ Pen Chalet collaboration!
Sharee
Yukon, OK
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Leviathan
Extremely gorgeous pen, shipped at the speed of lightning. Goldspot is great!
Heather
Vancouver, WA
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Leviathan
The Retro 51 Leviathan is an outstanding design of historical significance. It is a wonderful addition to my Retro 51 collection.
Thomas
Prospect, CT
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Tornado
...absolutely love this pencil. The thicker lead makes it perfect for tasks that require less abrasive touch--like a crossword. It's well made, durable, and now I carry it everywhere to use on tasks that are not right for a fountain pen.
Christopher
Monmouth, IL
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Typewriter
So sorry these are sold out. Such a cool design. I love mine. PC did a great job in the design of this one!
Michael
Goodyear, AZ
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Smithsonian Tornado
I ordered the Shuttle Discovery as a gift for my dad. He likes the design of the pen. He was a little disappointed with the rollerball refill that came with the pen. I swapped out the rollerball refill for a Parker pen refill and dad was a happy camper. Besides life is too short to use a boring pen; I think that is another great feature of Retro 51 pens, they will accept and with other company's refills.
Ken
Tallahassee, FL
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Easy Flow 9000 (3pk)
Great quality and fast shipment!
Robert
Rockville Centre, NY
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
Love this pen!
john
Charlotte, NC
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Cioppino
Bought this mainly because it looked so attractive. Have noticed other pens with similar material but this seemed the most appealing. Modest heft to the pen @ brass construction, but there are heavier. Threads are surprisingly rough.considering the price of the pen. However this is fixable. Because half the threads are metal (brass) and the other half are plastic the metal will wear the plastic down. This requires about 300 back and forth motions at each site of roughness. I had two major and minor spots. It's not as bad as it sounds since one rotation takes less than a second. You can feel the threads smoothing out as the rotation tally increases. Finally, add several coatings of human facial grease (nasal fold or temple area) to the barrel threads with your index finger and the threads become butter smooth.. I got the stub nib which added the expected attractive flair to the ink line. However there was a predictable significantly hard start after 24 hours of non use. This is readily solved by advancing ink column with the convertor piston (provided with the pen). Narrower nibs may not have this problem with less ink flow demand. Pen is comfortable to hold writing. Did I mention it's attractiveness? The eye is readily drawn to it either writing or wherever it lays.
Richard
Red Oak, IA
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Tread
Love my Retro 51 Pens. great service and shipping
Alice
Phoenix, AZ
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Tread
Really nice, I bought Blaze and Flare, these are almost impossible to get in Canada. Retailer cant keep these in stock
bill
toronto, ON
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Tornado
Since Retro 51 re-designed their fountain pen sections and switched to Jowo nibs, the Tornado has become an incredible value for money. Perfectly balanced in the hand/grip—and with a smooth, wet nib—this solid, reliable Retro 51 is the perfect every day carry pen.
Jack
Wynnewood, PA
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Tornado Rescue
Nice pen a bit confused by the etching of the turtle ??
A W
Aurora, CO
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
High quality. Love my periodic table pen.
Zachery
MORGANTOWN, WV
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Typewriter
I did not know that the relief from the acid etching would be so pronounced! It gives me a good grip on the pen. Really awesome looking pen and a great one to hold on to!
Jovan
Phoenix, AZ
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Tornado Popper
Just another beautiful Retro 51 pen to hold on to before they shut down!
Jovan
Phoenix, AZ
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Smithsonian Tornado
The Smithsonian Space Shuttle Discovery is quite possible the best Retro 51 in my collection. Stunning looks, great details, and oh yeah, it writes nice too!
Seth
Arlington, MA
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Invader
A fun pen to use. The jowo nib is smooth and wrote great out of the box. I ordered an EF so a little feedback is expected and welcomed.
Albert
Upper Marlboro , MD
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Tread
I love pens and I believe this one will be my new favorite! I still like writing Thank You’s to friends and family - a lost art!
Jean:
Santa Barbara , CA
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Easy Flow 9000 (3pk)
I have my favorite green retro pen that I haven’t used for years because the one and only other time I bought refills somewhere else, the ink was literally dry. My pen now works like a charm. Thank you. Also, thank you for great pricing and great turnaround.
Robert
New London, NH
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Invader
If you are a lover of Retro 51's, fountain pens, and Space Invaders, then this IS the pen for you! Of course, the pen writes smoothly and fits my hand perfectly. What is extra special are the memories the little images on this pen bring to me from playing this game for hours upon hours years ago. Nostalgia at its best!
Angela
Yorktown, IN
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