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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

Retro 51 Typewriter
Love it and used every day in my pen rotation.
Chris
Denver, CO
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Retro 51 Vintage Metalsmith
This is a great looking pen and writes very smoothly. I have more than 10 fountain pens and I don't write terribly often. Often the pen I pick up has dried up ink if I haven't used it in a couple of months. Never happened with this one.
John
ROCKLAND, ME
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Retro 51 Vintage Metalsmith
Good fountain pen ?? and so beautiful, best seller ?????????
Megan
Irwindale, CA
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Retro 51 Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
My father loved it, great and stylish.
Andrew
Livermore, CA
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Retro 51 Vintage Metalsmith
My best friend was delighted.
I sent this as a holiday gift- and WOW great gift. They love their pen!
lisa
Stroudsburg , PA
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Retro 51 Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
A Christmas gift for a friend. Matched with a couple of fountain pens. Very cool style in my opinion ??
Peter
Olivehurst , CA
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Retro 51 Vintage Metalsmith
A gift for a friend, very cool look as far as I’m concerned. I’m hoping they work well for him, as he may not have used fountain pens since his childhood (50 + yr.s ago ??). I liked their look ??
Peter
Olivehurst , CA
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Retro 51 Tornado
Beautiful high quality enamal periodic chart with latde eraser, come with generous refills and erasers .
This is a great gift!
lisa
Stroudsburg , PA
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Retro 51 Typewriter
Lighting quick rollerball, with dark black ink.

Very pleased.
as alway Pen Chalet is top in product quality and customer service. They always get the pens out fast!
lisa
Stroudsburg , PA
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Retro 51 Tornado Rescue
If you are a Retro Pen fan then you know all about these pens. If you aren't a fan, they are a fun pen to collect with several options. Good writing pen, fun to collect.
Michael
Goodyear, AZ
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Retro 51 Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
The Roosevelt pen has a great tactile feel. The etching will provide a solid grip for writing.
David
Coon Rapids, MN
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Retro 51 Tread
This is a fun pen. The flint color gives it a serious look, and the etched treads provide a good grip. I like the versatility of using Parker style refills.
David
Coon Rapids, MN
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Retro 51 Smithsonian Tornado
the Gene Davis version is so good looking! Gave as a gift and friend adores it. Love that the pen takes roller ball or ball point good looking and love the packaging - and the base is also a stand!
Sandra
West Chester, PA
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Retro 51 Vintage Metalsmith
A great inexpensive pen. I love the look and the feel of this pen while writing. Metallic finish, but with a resin grip that is comfortable.

Nib writes a bit on the dry side, which I don't love. But I haven't used my wettest inks in it yet, so that may be a non-issue. And I'm ok with fixing it on my own if it is, so if you are, don't let that be a deterrent.

Only other con is that the cap's threads don't inspire a ton of confidence. Could've been machined better.

Overall I really enjoy this pen. Great weight and balance. Looks fantastic.
Mahdi
Falls Church, VA
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Retro 51 Typewriter
I have ver 1 to 3 of the typewriter and I love it.

For ver 4, it must be a fountain pen
Evans
MONTREAL, QC
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Retro 51 Tornado Classic Lacquer
Edel. Entspricht total den Angaben von penchalet".
Holger
Konz, Deutschland
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Retro 51 Vintage Metalsmith
This is a SOLID pen body and the best Jowo5 body for indestructability in the price range. That being said, and this may just be a weird anomaly, but the jowo nib I got with this pen was not working well and I replaced it with another. Since then its one of the best most reliable pens I have, but be careful putting on the cap as its very coarse inside and may be what damaged the original nib for me.
Jordan
SAN DIMAS, CA
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Retro 51 Tornado Short
Refills for gift rollerball for son
WARREN C
Gaithersburg, MD
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Retro 51 Sherman Tank Big Shot
my nephew in the army loves this
Erin
Columbus, OH
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Retro 51 Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
gorgeous pen
Erin
Columbus, OH
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Retro 51 Typewriter
Lovely pen. I love Retro51 and typewriters and love mint green, so I love this pen!
Nor
Everett, WA
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Retro 51 Vintage Metalsmith
This pen writes so very well! I suggest these pens to all fountain pen enthusiasts! Beautiful to boot, I would love to see Retro 51 make more fountain pens and have them on sale fir more than a short amount of time.
Myra
ONEIDA, TN
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Retro 51 Tornado Popper
The NASA SKU of this pen is beautiful. I love the coloration and design. It is incredibly well built! I would highly recommend this pen to anyone.
Noah
Carleton, MI
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Retro 51 Smithsonian Tornado
Love this pen and the refill that came in it. I have the Challenger Space Shuttle SKU and it is incredibly detailed and well-built. Great pen!
Noah
Carleton, MI
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Retro 51 Typewriter
Excellent writing pen, excellent balance and accepts many refills. Highly recommend. Also, all the Retro pens are highly collectible. Good investment.
Steven
Washington Crossing, PA
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