Retro 1951

Retro 1951

Life is too short 

… to carry an Ugly Pen! This Retro 1951 slogan perfectly expresses the philosophy of this successful company. Kitschy finishes, both hip and historic, on hardworking and durable writing instruments are the basis of Retro’s offerings. There are capless rollerballs, fountain pens and pencils in an array of designs. 

  • Retro 1951 Speakeasy

    Always remember to write responsibly!

    Get into the creative spirit with the Tornado Speakeasy collection from Retro 51. Each rollerball pen is designed after popular drink bottles and their accompanying labels. Choose from refreshing pilsner Beer, a smooth Red Wine, or the potent Absinthe "la fée verte" (the green fairy). 

    The Beer Tornado has a sculpted twist bottle cap top and full bodied yellow lacquer finish complete with printed cheers label. Red Wine has a robust red barrel with printed label that’s been topped with an actual cork. Finally, Absinthe, the spirit of choice for artists and writers in the early 20th century, has a bright green demon printed on the barrel that is completed with antique silver accents. So much fun for so little money.

  • Retro 1951 Tornado Yoga Edition


    Sometimes when life gets loud you need to step back and collect your thoughts. By removing yourself from the noise, you gain a fresh perspective that leads to better decisions. Whether you actually practice yoga, exercise mindfulness or write in a journal, these new Tornado ballpoint pens remind you to take a DEEP BREATH and be in the moment. Choose from the Bamboo Hamsa or the colorful Chakra Tornado with glow in the dark barrel. 

     Both pens come packaged in a matching tube. For every sale, Retro makes a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation to save 250 square feet of rainforest. To date, over 6.25 million square feet (108 football fields) of rainforest has been saved through the Tornado Rescue program.

  • Retro 1951 Dynasty

    Retro 1951 collector alert! 

    According to historians, blue and white earthenware originated as early as the seventh century during the Tang Dynasty and became broadly popular in the 13th century during the Yuan Dynasty. By the 14th century, it was mass produced and traded throughout the Eastern world. 

    The latest Tornado Popper, Dynasty, is printed with a dragon, phoenix, and floral motif inspired by these historical artifacts. The pen is finished in stonewashed pewter trim. and The Chinese symbol representing “fortune” is imprinted on the top disc. 

    Each pen is engraved with its limited series number on the top ring. As usual, it arrives in its own unique tube. Out of 888 total pieces produced, we’ve secured 35. Begin your collection today of Retro Tornado Poppers. 


    (Shipping begins Friday the 4th)

  • Retro 1951 Big Shot

    Perfect for your Bigshot 

    The Retro 1951 Big Shot is a slightly larger diameter Tornado. The realistically reproduced ‘Cigar’ is quite unique. The Titanium and Black Titanium are serious stunners. Fit, finish and fashion; another winner from Retro 1951.

  • Retro 1951 Tornado Deluxe

    Three new designs benefitting two great charities!

    Retro 51 has introduced three new designs to the Tornado Rescue Collection! These special pens benefit the nonprofit groups Operation Kindness (OperationKindness.org) and Elephants, Rhino and People (ERP.ngo). Each pen comes in a matching tube. The new models are fun, bright, capless rollerballs.

    Elephants and Rhinos too!

    Retro 51 has created this special Tornado benefiting the nonprofit group Elephants, Rhino and People (ERP.ngo) with a mission to protect the wild populations of Southern Africa.

    Mathematicians use pens too   

    This popular design was originally available only as 1.15mm pencil. Due to its popularity, Retro has added a rollerball in this lacquer finish. Now you can get your favorite mathematician a pencil and add this pen for a set! The capless rollerball point deploys with a twist of the knurled top. Tornado pens also fit any Parker-style refill. Create formulas with finesse in up to ten ink colors shown below.

    Details, details, details

    The fine, glow in the dark details on the new Retro 1951 Deluxe Dr. Gray Tornado are amazing. Doctors, nurses, medical technicians, the list is endless, will all get a kick out of this capless rollerball pen. Be reminded of Gray's Anatomy, written and hand illustrated in 1863 by Henry Gray. Your Dr. Gray is trimmed in gunmetal and arrives in companion tube. A great gift and a fun work tool.

  • Retro 1951 Desk Accessories

    New and novel

    Customers clamor for pen accessories and Retro 1951 always responds with creative and affordable options. Spark comments and smiles when you rest your pen in this "Hand"some accessory. It's so funny, we can't stop laughing. More seriously though, if you are a Retro 1951 collector, and there are a lot of you out there, you cannot pass up the new Bamboo 16-pen Display Tray. We love the easy-to-open magnetic top that allows you to view all your pens and store them safely in one place. When on the road, carry a useful Retro 1951 Traveler for quick notes and ready access to needed cards.

  • Retro 1951 HEX-O-MATIC

    Only good wishes

    Bestow only positive vibes when you give this HEX-0-MATIC ballpoint and mechanical pencil from Retro 1951. There was quite a customer clamor when the original HEX-0-MATIC disappeared. Now these popular six-sided tools are back in both the silver and matte black finishes. 

  • Retro 1951 Slim Tornado

    Thin is in

    Retro 1951 acknowledges the desire for a smaller diameter pen with the Slim Tornado collection. In four finishes: Blue Electron, Moonstone, Lavender or Aquamarine. This trim Tornado holds any Parker-style refill in GEL, Standard and Liquid ink in three point sizes and a wealth of colors. The Blue Electron has acid etching for added design that feels AND looks pretty darn good. The beloved Retro packaging tube is also slimmed down, but still serves as a great pen stand.

  • Retro 1951 Tornado Metalsmith

    Patriot Alert!

    The Retro 1951 Metalsmith collection keeps evolving, just like the good old USA. Now expanded with Liberty and Cursive added to the Betsy Flag, Roosevelt Herringbone and Lincoln copper finishes. Order an ample supply of your favorites because designs in this collection come and go quite quickly. Conversely, the refills will always be available, either the original capless rollerball or opt for your favorite Parker-style refill. Tornados can handle them both.

  • Retro 1951 Tornado Fountain Pen

    Dive in

    Retro 1951 fountain pens are a great way to dive into the pleasures of fountain pen writing. The Black Cherry finish is elegant, with a deep burgundy color and bright chrome trim. The Peacock and Orange are stunning. The Lincoln copper is classic.

    This varied collection is an unmatched value. All are equipped with a German stainless steel, medium nib with Retro flourishes. Refill with converter or cartridges. Dive in yourself or order one for a budding writer. Or both.

  • Retro 1951 Tornado Lacquer

    The Vintage Rollerball That Never Was

    Straight from the Fifties, these nifty Retro 1951 Lacquer Tornados may be our most popular pen under $30. Just twist the chrome knurled cap and your point extends. Any of the eleven brilliant lacquered finishes make an excellent choice for corporate logos or personalized engraving. We'll engrave from one to a thousand or more; just ask. Refill your Lacquer Tornado with the original capless rollerball refill or order any Parker-style refill in three ink types, multiple point sizes and colors.

  • Retro 1951 Tornado Pencils

    More pencils!

    Retro 1951 has added a new mechanical pencil, the Legal Pad, to its popular 1.15mm lead collection. Yellow stripped lacquer and a pink eraser makes this pencil a perfect companion to any legal pad. Einstein would enjoy the Albert pencil, along with any master of mathematics that you know. The crossword pencil also makes excellent gift for any puzzler. Once again, endless options from our friends at Retro 1951.

  • Retro 1951 Tornado Playing Cards

    A royal flush!

    Spades rule the Retro 1951 Playing Cards collection now. A new Queen of Spades has replaced the Queen of Hearts, so you can now present a royal flush. When you come to the table with one or more of these capless rollerball pens, your competitors will fold. Then they will ask you where to get one. Great for card partners or even opponents. Perhaps there's an ace, king, jack, queen or joker in your life. They deserve a thoughtful gift like this too!

  • Retro 1951 Ballpoints

    All Retro 1951 ballpoint pens are a click-top for point deployment. A Retro 1951 ballpoint pen will accept an extremely broad selection of ballpoint refill technologies: standard ballpoint ink, GEL ballpoint ink, Liquid ballpoint ink as well as the Easy Flow technology from Schmidt. Some ballpoint ink choices come in as many as eight colors. Click-top magic.

  • Retro 1951 Fountain Pens

    The distinctive Cioppino finish on the Retro 1951 fountain pen makes it a wonderful part of an elegant gift set. Match it with the Retro 1951 Cioppino rollerball and you'll give a stunning gift set that will be used every single d
  • Retro 1951 Rollerballs

    A distinctive gift, yet one of the most treasured rollerballs ever sold, the Retro 1951 Tornado. Retro 1951 revolutionized rollerball technology with a twist top capless rollerball which accepts a versatile ink selection. Available in many unique finishes, many of which engrave beautifully. 

    All Retro 1951 rollerball pens will accept an extremely broad selection of ballpoint refill technologies too: standard ballpoint ink, GEL ballpoint ink, Liquid ballpoint ink as well as the Easy Flow technology from Schmidt. Some ballpoint ink choices come in as many as eight colors. 

  • Retro 1951 Multi-Pens and Pencils

    Just as smooth as its rollerball all cousins, these 1.15 and .7mm pencils lay down a smooth line and never waste lead. The 1.15 mm models advance lead with a simple twist of the top. The .7mm Hex’s are click-top advance. Known by artists, designers and engineers for their quality, Retro pencils rock.

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