Pen Review: Retro 51 Slim Tornado Ballpoint Pen

I don’t often feel compelled to do a review on a ballpoint pen, but I was beyond excited when I received this in the June 2018 iPenBox.  I’ve been eyeballing the Retro 51 pens for quite some time, but I’d never actually broken down and gotten one.

Retro 51 Tornado

Let’s talk about aesthetics, first.  I was thrilled to see that I ended up with the lavender version, since purple is my favorite color.  The finish is a beautiful satin that looks and feels great.  It also comes in an adorable box that I just can’t seem to throw away.  And since it doubles as a pen stand, I don’t have to!

This pen instantly went into my desk rotation, meaning it’s in the special cup of pens that I use on a regular basis.  It had a nice, heavy weight to it and writes so smoothly I almost feel like I can’t keep up!  The Slim Tornado is an absolute joy to use, and it’s definitely one that I’ll be buying refills for.

This pen retails for $23.97 on

Retro 51 with box

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6 responses to “Pen Review: Retro 51 Slim Tornado Ballpoint Pen

  1. Fen Giddel

    You covered some important details I look for in a pen. There aren’t enough pen reviews these days! Maybe because they aren’t as important in the keyboard age?

  2. I LOVE pens and have quite a collection from quills and ink to the moving frog pen I bought yesterday.

    I love all the aspects you shared about this pen. I really don’t have iAnything s ok this might be the first!

  3. I love the design, but I’m curious if (out of the box) it’s a lefty-friendly ink or if I’d have to look for a fine point Parker refill. So many otherwise great pens leave my pinky looking like it moonlights for the Blue Man Group.

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