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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

Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
Very nice rollerball. I enjoy using it!
Charles
Dripping Springs, TX
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Invader
I've always enjoyed Retro 51's commitment to homages, and this one is no different. It certainly brings back memories of arcades and time spent. The design almost screams out the sound effects while writing.
timothy
Kailua Kona, HI
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Typewriter
This is certainly one of the more unique Retro 51 pens that I own. I appreciate the nod to the days of typewriting, and the precursor to the keyboard I'm currently using(it's certainly easier to press the keys on this keyboard).
timothy
Kailua Kona, HI
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
My "Eiffel" version Retro 51 Tornado is a good writer with a great look. The acid-etched pattern affords a comfortable and tactile feel, making it a pleasure to use. The twist mechanism works smooth and positively, and the overall effect exudes quality and value. I now have four of these rollerball pens and highly recommend them.
CHRIS
Troy, OH
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Tread
Earlier this month I received the Retro 51 Tread in the yellow "Spark" finish which I liked so much that I also ordered the orange "Flare" model, which I received yesterday. I now have four of these rollerballs (and one fountain pen) and find them to be very well made and very good writers. The acid-etched versions are unique and have a nice feel in the hand, and these Tread type are my favorites. I highly recommend them if you don't mind a twist type as opposed to a clicker pen.
CHRIS
Troy, OH
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Vintage Metalsmith
One of my very favorite stub nibs. It's smooth but still gives me a sense of the paper I'm using, and reliably lays down a good swath of ink even if it's been sitting dormant over the weekend. I love a good weighty pen, and this feels substantial even when unposted. The line width variation is pleasing, and the burnished copper barrel makes me very happy every time I pick it up. Alas, most other Retro 51 pens I've seen are not visually appealing to me, but if they ever make more along these lines, I will snap them up.
Heather
Atlanta, GA
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Cioppino Rose Gold Tornado
The bits of abalone shell shine like jewels.
will
kerrville, TX
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Typewriter
The Retro 51 Typewriter Rollerball Pen looks snazzy and has a good feel to it, with just enough weight to make it feel substantial in one’s hand without being heavy enough to cause fatigue. The twist-open mechanism on the cap is the heaviest part of the pen, making the center of balance about two-thirds up the barrel (at the letter “I”). But the pen is short enough that the weight is supported by your hand. It’s comfortable to write with, and writes flawlessly! The rollerball refill is amazingly smooth. I’ll keep an eye out for Retro 51 refills on my other rollerball pens.
Thomas
Murrieta, CA
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Tornado Popper
I brought it as a gift for my buddy. She was so happy!!
Patrick
Hayward, CA
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Tornado Short
I brought it with a pen for my friend. Very happy with the performance.
Patrick
Hayward, CA
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
I brought it as a gift for my friend. He was so happy!!
Patrick
Hayward, CA
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Sherman Tank Big Shot
Shipping was fast. Pen looks and feels great Writes like a dream.
Jerry
Bakersfield, CA
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
Shipping was fast. Pen looks and feels great Writes like a dream.
Jerry
Bakersfield, CA
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Tornado Vintage Metalsmith
Mind blown ?? as a man I hesitated on buying this one, but I’m so glad I did it is simply beautiful in person and the pictures don’t do it justice.
A W
Aurora, CO
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Vintage Metalsmith
I ordered the Corsair in a Fine Point Nib, due to disappointing results from the EF Nib in the P-51 Mustang. The detail, quality & workmanship are all excellent on this Corsair. The rivets line-up when screwing on the cap.
The Fine Nib is an excellent and smooth writer. Wish the EF Nib on the P-51 Mustang wrote as nicely.
Ken
Tallahassee, FL
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Typewriter
Love my pen! It gets a lot of attention!
Dana
Aurora , CO
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Typewriter
Anyone who has a fondness for typewriters will love this pen. The texture of the raised "keys" and the overall design makes for a pen that feels good in the hand. The rollerball refill give a very smooth writing experience.
Blair
Charlottetown, PE
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Typewriter
Awesome pen. Looks great and feels great in my hand. I love to write with this pen.
Thomas
glen ellyn, IL
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Typewriter
I really like this pen. I grew up using a typewriter and it brings back fond memories of using it. It wasn't fun to use at the time though! It was a LOT of work but for me it was worth it. I got a lot of excellent jobs because I knew how to work that machine!!
Terea
Roseville, CA
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Typewriter
Retro 51 is one of my favorite brands for ballpoint/gel pens. This Typewriter edition has a ret top with an arrow indicating the back key on a typewriter. I've been a touch typist for more than 60 years, so having this Typewriter pen is a way to bring back memories of all those Royal, Smith-Corona, IBM Selectric years!
Regina
San Diego, CA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Typewriter
Very cool pen and concept by Pen Chalet.
A W
Aurora, CO
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Tread
Very nice pen and quick delivery will be getting the other colors in this style.
A W
Aurora, CO
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overall rating 2 out of 5
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Typewriter
Uniquely beautiful pen. Like all Retro 51 Rollerball pens, it is well made, works flawlessly. Refill ink flows smoothly and lays down a bold line with no skips, ever. The Typewriter pen has a set of beautifully crafted typewriter keys on the barrel, harkening back to the days when we actually had to push down the keys to write and used "white out" to correct errors on the page. I own many Retro 51 rollerballs, but this is definitely one of my favorites. I have not seen it advertised anywhere else other than Pen Chalet. So pleased I was able to receive an ad for it. Ordered it immediately ! Thanks, Pen Chalet !
Gloria
Manassas, VA
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Typewriter
A solid, well-made pen that writes very smoothly, and one that matches my interest in typewriters.
John
Denver, CO
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Typewriter
This is an excellent pen! It looks and feels wonderful and the details are wonderful! I have gotten multiple complements on it already!
Greta
FORT WORTH, TX
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