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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

Vintage Metalsmith
This is not only a classic design but a Great writing pen. I love it. And it is true that life is too short to carry an ugly pen.
Vicki
Winston, GA
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
Excellent and unique pen. Many iterations of the pen from which to choose.
ANTHONY
VENTURA, CA
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Tornado
This is my first fountain pen and I really enjoy the experience writing with this pen. The Retro 51 is well weighted, extremely comfortable to hold and the ink nib is quite smooth. I am learning about fountain pen ink and how it differs from roller ball and ball point pen ink. Additionally writing with a fountain pen fell more like painting then writing and I feel like using this pen will help me return to what use to be my very polished penmanship prior to querty keyboards. Excellent first experience with using a fountain pen with the Retro 51 Brand.
Michael
Jersey City, NJ
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
The Roosevelt Metalsmith model (and series) is an excellent choice for a day-to-day pen, and the quality appearance is well above the norm. The refills put down a consistent, strong line of ink. Well worth the money.
Bob
Remlap, AL
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Vintage Metalsmith
I have the P51 Mustang med nib. Superb writer, smooth and good weight.
Using Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink.
Liz
Waimauku, Auckland
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Space Race 3 Pen Set
Love the design and function the each pen offers
JOSEPH
Apple Valley, CA
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Tornado Popper
Very much pleased with with all my retro pens
JOSEPH
Apple Valley, CA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
Very much enjoy the smooth action with fine writing
JOSEPH
Apple Valley, CA
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Tornado Short
Got these refills for my retro 51, have not had a chance to use them yet.
Garrett
Franklin, OH
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
Very sleek design. Nice solid metal feel. Writes smoothly. Is wonderful!
Garrett
Franklin, OH
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Tornado Rescue
It’s a beautiful pen. I had it personalized and the engraved the clip instead of the body of the pen. So the name is tiny, but I guess it’s better than scratching the artwork. The Schmidt EasyFlow 9000 ballpoint refill inside it skips a lot so I replaced that with a Fisher refill I had laying around. Now it’s perfectly ready for gifting!
Jovan
Phoenix, AZ
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
Very pleased with all aspects of purchase.
GARY
TIVERTON, RI
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Tornado
Very pleased with all aspects of purchase.
GARY
TIVERTON, RI
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Tornado Yoga
I love this pen. I’ve given them to my children and my Buddhist teachers as gifts. I think this is one of the best pens Resto 51 has ever made. I especially love the bamboo andthe messages.
Steven
SEATTLE, WA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Easy Flow 9000 (3pk)
Great addition to any Retro51 user and collector.
Luis
Coral Gables, FL
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Space Race
These Space Race pens, represent the courage and sacrifice that many in our Country make to make us all proud and fortunate to be living in the Land of the Free and the Brave.
Luis
Coral Gables, FL
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Space Race 3 Pen Set
The set is historical and a Tribute to the American Patriot Astronauts who risked their lives to make our Country proud and a leader in outer space exploration.
Luis
Coral Gables, FL
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Cioppino Rose Gold Tornado
The pen is beautifully made, smooth to the touch and writes very well. It is a tiny bit heavier than my original (and daily use) 'Red Tornado' and was surprised to find it less tiring to write with. The rose gold colour brings out the nacre in the seashells, something that isn't visible in the product photo. The pen makes a great impression! I wish I'd been able to buy the fountain pen - and would most certainly buy a pencil in this finish!
Joss
Delta, BC
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Tornado Popper
I love the design!!! So glad I managed to get one.
Farah
Chicago, IL
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Argo
I love the Retro pens, the feel and mechanics are top notch.
Patricia
Apple Valley, CA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Tornado
This is my first Retro pencil. I'm surprised by the very high quality, it is amazing. And it comes with lots of extra erasers, plus lead.
Zachery
MORGANTOWN, WV
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Argo
Love this pen! Bought this pen for myself and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I haven't been disappointed by a Retro 51 Tornado yet. Would definitely recommend this pen to a friend. Might even buy it again in Red.
Jennifer
Maple Grove, MN
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Argo
I usually don’t buy anything without the name Montevered on it. However this pen caught my eye and I bought both the blue and the red. I gave one to my grandson and he loves it. I was worried it my be smaller and lighter than I like I was not disappointed it is at least a good medium in size and weight and feels good in the hand. it came loaded with Area 51 black roller ball refill which I must say was very nice however I swapped it out for Monteverde soft roll extra fine black ballpoint and its now my go to ballpoint pen on my desk.
Tony
Morristown, TN
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
overall a very good product , the cartridge that came with it is cutting out , i dont know if its because its new or defective , would like to know. otherwise the quality of the pen itself is as in the description .
Ramie
Calgary, AB
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Smithsonian Tornado
Very nice
Michael
Goodyear, AZ
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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