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The Shield – Tornado Popper


Police officers have the toughest job and we really need more than just one week to show our appreciation! The latest Tornado Popper is dedicated to the blue, to the men and women who serve and protect us. This rollerball’s central feature is an acid-etch police badge in a stonewashed pewter finish with police cruiser inspired graphics printed around the barrel. It is complete with stealth black accents, engraved limited edition number and top ring with shield print. Whether you are an officer, retired officer or the loving family behind them, The Shield is dedicated to you.

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A portion of  the proceeds will be donated to Assist the Officer Foundation – Dallas, Texas Chapter to help provide assistance to officers and their families facing any number of life-altering situations incurred as a result of the officer’s service. For more information on ATO visit


·         Rollerball refill – REF5P
·         Limited Edition of 1515 pieces (significant for May 15th – Peace Officer’s Memorial Day). 
·         Standard Tornado size
·         Printed graphics + acid-etched badge on the barrel
·         Top Disc imprint – Police Shield
·         Stealth Black accents 
·         Limited Edition numbering on top ring 
·         Graphic packaging tube

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Simple Ways To Organize Your Pen Or Pencil Collection

As pen and pencil collectors, we’ve all been there. Over time you manage to amass a sizable, not-to-mention visually impressive, collection of pens and pencils (or you’re at least well on your way), but exactly how and where to display them remains a mystery of sorts.

You wonder: Do I keep them on my desk, where adoring eyes- including your own- can admire them tirelessly? Or in a drawer where they’ll remain protected and safe from damage, and sticky finger specialists? Will an ordinary box fit the bill? Or do I need something more?

Balancing your desire to display your pens or pencils with your need to keep them protected can be tricky. But here a few options that will allow you to do both.

Pen Boxes

Pen Box


If you’d like to display your pen or pencil collection on your desk, pen boxes are a great solution. With many offering hinged and glass lids, you can still show off your collection and keep it protected. It’s like having the best of both worlds.

Pen Shelves

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If you have the space, and a collection worthy of the attention (see above), then pen shelves offer another interesting way to display your pens. Having multiple shelves and dividers can also provide a great way to organize your collection by style, brand, etc.

Pen Cabinets

Image: Fountain Pen Network

Image: Fountain Pen Network

For you die-hard collectors, pouches, boxes, and not even shelves will do. You pros require the big-boys- pen cabinets. Typically made from wood or metal, these multi-shelf units offer a great way to protect, organize, and keep track of 100s of pens and pencils. They’re also a great motivator for adding to your collection. 🙂

Pen Pouches


If portability is a concern, pen pouches are definitely the way to go. Available in materials ranging from felt to leather, they’re a great way to safely carry around your favorite pens and pencils.


Our Eco-Display is another unique way to display your pens and pencils. Made from 100% Bamboo, this stand is  a great way to display your pens while keeping them safe from rubbing and scratching. We unfortunately no longer carry the Eco-Display, but you may still be able to find them at your local Retro 51 retailer.

How do you organize and store your pens and pencils? Do you use any of the methods we listed here, or do you have another system in place? Share your ideas with us here and on our Facebook page.


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January is National Get Organized Month

If getting organized was one of your New Year’s Resolutions, you aren’t alone. January is National Get Organized Month- and for good reason. Every New Year’s, thousands of us vow to make getting organized a priority. From our finances, closets, and even kitchen cabinets- almost everyone has some area in their life in which they’d like to clean up their act.

If getting organized is one of your resolutions, here are three simple steps you can take to help ensure your success this year:

Stick to A Plan– There’s an adage that simply says, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” And in so many ways, it’s absolutely true.  Getting organized requires that you start with a plan- and stick to it! Identify the specific areas in your life that you’d like to get organized in, and develop a step-by-step plan for addressing them. If you’re unsure of where to start, or need some help developing your plan,  check out this great article on goal setting by world-renowned motivational speaker and training expert, Zig Ziglar.

Be Realistic– Rome wasn’t built in a day. And your all-new organizational system won’t be either. Change takes times. So don’t set yourself up for failure by setting unrealistic goals that will only lead to frustration. Break down your plans into hourly, daily, weekly, or even monthly goals. This way you know exactly what you’ll need to do to to achieve your plan, without becoming totally overwhelmed.

Don’t Quit– One of the easiest things in the world to do is quit. Many of us give up on ourselves before we’ve even had a chance to fully develop our new positive habits. No matter how hard the process gets, don’t stop. Even if you fail more than once, just get back to it. Remember, getting organized is often one of the first and most important steps you can take to achieving new levels of success  in every area of your life.

It’s a new year and a great time to get organized. So what are you waiting for? What areas of your life could stand reorganization? Which spaces in your home or office could use some decluttering? Let us know on the Retro 51 Fan Page.

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