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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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Extend The Life of Your Fountain Pen With These 5 Easy Steps

Retro 51 Fountain Pen Care

For we pen aficionados, our relationships with our favorite fountain pens can be akin to a real-life romance. We initially admire them from afar. Pursue them relentlessly. And cherish and fearlessly guard them from the hands of evildoers (also known as thieves) once we have them. 🙂

But just like in any great love affair, making sure your pen endures the test of time requires special care and attention. So here are a few easy ways that we’d like to recommend to help you extend the life of your favorite fountain pen.

  1. Always protect the tip of your fountain pen by keeping it covered
    Keeping the tip of your fountain pen covered when not in use is important. Contact with air, liquids, and other elements and substances can damage the nib, and cause the ink to dry out or leak. Besides, losing the cap to your favorite pen is a terrible feeling. 😦
  2. Keep away from extreme temperatures
    Extreme hot and cold temperatures can cause serious damages to pens. Common problems can include damage to the finish and seals, discoloring and fading, cracking, swelling, ink evaporation, and leakage.  Don’t leave your pen in vehicles or other areas where it may possibly be exposed to extreme temperatures.
  3. Use the refills and parts suggested by the manufacturer
    Every fountain pen is unique. And as I’m sure we all can attest to- not all pens, nor their parts, are created equally. This is why it’s so important to always use the manufacturer’s suggested refills and parts. While lower costs and convenience can make it can tempting to use generic parts or refills created by different makers, doing so can not only damage your pen, but may also void the manufacturer’s warranty.
  4. Handle with care
    No matter how durable your pen appears to be, or what incidental damage it’s previously been able to withstand- pens are fragile. They are not designed to be thrown around or handled roughly. Don’t shake your pen, or press too firmly on the tip while writing. Nor should you use it on surfaces and materials it wasn’t designed for. However, you should routinely polish it, as well as drain your inking system.
  5. Store them properly
    When you aren’t using your pen, it’s important that you store it properly. Don’t toss it aimlessly into your purse, briefcase, pockets, drawers, and other unsuitable areas. Whether in your day-to-day activities or during traveling, for long-lasting results, it’s important that you store your pen in an upright position with the cap tightly secured. When storing for long periods of non-use, your pen should be kept in a flannel, suede, felt or leather protective case, pouch, or cabinet. Regularly clean your nib to keep it flowing well. Doing so protects your pen from damages such as abrasions, nicks, and breakage. Also make sure to refer to your owner’s manual on how to best do so, since again, every pen is different.

Please refer to your Tornado warranty instruction booklet for even more technical details on how to keep your fountain pen flowing smoothly for years to come.

Do you have more questions on how to properly care for your Retro 51 fountain pen? Wondering what refill or cartridge to use? Leave a comment here, or on our Facebook wall and we’ll be more than happy to respond to your questions!

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“Life’s too short to carry an ugly pen!”™ So why not carry a Tornado?

“Life is too short to carry an ugly pen!”

This statement is more than just a catchy slogan. It embodies who Retro 51 is, as well as the central theme of our mission.  After more than 20 years in business, we’re still dedicated to providing you more than mere writing instruments. We offer you the accoutrements of life, one fine writing accessory at a time.

Like your clothing and other accessories, the pens and pencils you use can also be viewed as an extension of who you are.  So why carry an unattractive writing instrument when there’s a full line of quality products that embody superior craftsmanship, sophistication, and a style all their own?

The Tornado Collection

Introduced in 1997, the Tornado has literally taken the world of gifts and pen accessories by storm! Available as a mechanical pencil, fountain, ballpoint, or rollerball pen, “this pen will blow you away!” ™ While originally only offered in blue, black, and red lacquer, it’s now available in almost every design and style imaginable. From Crosswords & Sodukus, to Big Shots and Exotics, we have a Tornado with your name and personal style written all over it.

We’re always exploring new ways to bring the best quality products to our customers around the globe. But as our name implies, we’ll always stay true to the classics, including the Tornado Collection. So what are you waiting for? Accessorize your life. Check out the Tornado Collection today!


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