Retro51 Rat Pack

If you would like to join the Retro Rat Pack to get the latest news and special promotions, please submit information* through the link below. You will be entered into a chance to win one of these special Elvis stamp Tornados and future giveaways. This pen was a prototype that we never sold but you can win it by just signing up here:

Rules: One entry per person. Please do not use multiple email addresses for additional entries. Entry closes on Wednesday 10/28 at 11:59 PM and a random number generator will be used to select the winner from this list on Thursday 10/29. Thank you!

UPDATE: The winner was Amy M. from Oregon… Congratulations Amy!

*This information will not be sold or shared with anyone outside of Retro51.


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New Tornado – the Emperor

Ludwig Van Beethoven is one of the most famous composers of classical music and his music is recognized around the world. By the start of the 1800s he was so well known as a musical virtuoso that he was nicknamed “the Emperor.” This new Tornado rollerball celebrates his musical artistry with the piano sheet music of FürElise printed on the barrel that is complimented by antique brass trim and topped with Beethoven himself. Each pen comes within a tube that includes a print of his “Heiligenstadt Testament,” a letter he wrote his brothers in 1802. They are limited to 722 pieces. 

Only available at these three dealers:

Email INK: penstore[at]

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Tornado Popper – Bandits

W A N T E D !

Three new Bandits are coming to town and you can’t miss these bright vintage bandana designs. Butch, Doc and Annie are lookin’ to pardner up with some good hands that are ready to write. Each design is printed on the metal barrel and complimented with chrome trim and matching finial. The limited-edition number is engraved on the top ring and packaged in a matching tube. Giddy up to get one because they’ll be writing off into the sunset.

If you need help finding a dealer please email customer service[at]retro51[dot]com or head to our social media channels and send us a direct message.

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Tornado Popper – Marco

M A R C O. . . P O L O . . . you just discovered the new Tornado Popper! Marco Polo was known for being an explorer, merchant and writer traveling the Silk Road trading for rare and exotic goods he would take back to his country of Italy. He even wrote a book of his epic travels in The Travels of Marco Polo. This limited edition ballpoint is printed with the world map complete with stonewashed pewter trim and compass on the top disc. Pick one up and start planning your next epic adventure, just don’t do it during your Zoom meetings or school classes.

Purchase through a Retro dealer of choice or DM or email us (customerservice[at]retro51[dot]com) for help finding a dealer. Do not stress. There are 957 of this design with “57” significant for 57 million square miles on Earth.


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Tornado Popper – Escape

Exploring new frontiers…


Leaving planet Earth is a rare achievement few have done but it may be possible in the near future. Exploring space has fascinated us for the last century and steps are bringing us closer to this feat for non-astronauts like us. We can dream though right? The latest Tornado Popper brings you the ACES suit into your hands. It’s been lacquered in “International Orange” and then printed with the iconic NASA “meatball” logo plus Commander and Space Shuttle Patches. It is finished with matte black accents with serial number engraved on the top ring and astronaut helmet on the finial. Finally, it’s packaged in a white tube with graphic orange label making this ballpoint even more unique. Pick one up and prepare for take-off!
Please visit your Retro dealer of choice for purchase OR email customerservice[at]retro51[dot]com for help finding a dealer.


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Special Release – 30th Anniversary Tornado


It all started thirty years ago walking into store with a tray of pens and coming out with an order. Retro didn’t even have an office until July of 1990 when the lease was signed for 1500 square feet in Dallas, Texas. It’s hard to believe that thirty years has flown by but here we are. We thank you our fans because we could not be here without you!

To celebrate three decades of fine writing instruments we bring you this special release of the Pearl Anniversary Tornado. The barrels are made from cellulose acetate in a marbled white and pearl blend that has been finished with polished rhodium accents. Choose from the twist ballpoint, capped fountain or 1.15 mm pencil. A total of 1951 pieces have been produced with each one engraved with it’s LE number on the top ring.

Cellulose acetate is known for its strength, deep gloss, and high transparency. Pen enthusiasts also covet it for its warm and “natural” feel in the hand. This is because it’s derived from organic materials found in nature, most commonly cotton or wood pulp. It should also be noted that cellulose acetate, when properly cared for, is one of the most durable and long lasting materials ever utilized in the manufacturing of fine writing instruments.


After all, Life is too short to carry an Ugly Pen!®


T H A N K   Y O U   F R O M  T H E  R E T R O  T E A M


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Tornado Popper – Under the Radar


Try to intercept this new Tornado Popper because it will go fast. Only 951 rollerballs have been created with the stealthy appearance that is designed after the XXXXXXX reconnaissance aircraft originally built in XXXX and used by XXXXXXXX until XXXX.  The barrel has been acid-etched with details from the XXXXXXXX and lacquered in a matte black and printed details. Each one is packaged in a commemorative tube to keep safe when it’s not recording.

Watch for the release of this design at your favorite dealer or email customerservice[at]retro51[dot]com.


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Tornado Popper – Gone Fishing


We’re casting the line with the latest Tornado Popper. This fishing themed rollerball pen is sure to catch some eyes and smiles but whose hand will catch a lunker? You can’t lose with this vibrant fishing lure design that’ll bring fishing to your home or office. Although there are plenty of fish in the sea, there’s only 777 of these so make sure to get one because you don’t want this to be the one that got away.
Look for your favorite dealer to post a link to purchase or contact us for help finding one.


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LEAP – Tornado Popper


February 29th is an ephemeral ghost…A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years. For the rest of the time it does not ‘exist.’ In mundane terms, it marks a ‘leap’ in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth. A day of temporal tune up! But this day holds another secret — it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability…A day of unlocked potential. Will you or won’t you? Should you or shouldn’t you? Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability! — Vera Nazarian (Author)


We couldn’t say it any better so we’ll just say that unlike Leap year, this Tornado is a once in a lifetime production. This is a limited edition of 888 and they will sell fast so don’t hesitate. Check availability at your favorite Retro dealer or contact us for help finding a dealer.



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A letter from the Retro51 Team

Almost thirty years ago after walking into a store with a tray of pens and coming out with an order, Retro 1951 was born. We were officially in the pen business despite not knowing what we were getting into. Over the years Retro has said the pen is an accoutrement of life which we stand behind, but at that time it was the vehicle that would launch new careers filled with many adventures around the world and lifelong friendships.

With the new year and new decade it’s also time for something new for a handful of the Retro51 team …. retirement. Retro51 as you know it, will be making some changes and going on a sabbatical. What does this mean? We are still trying to figure it out, but there is a potential for new ownership or Retro could come back with a new business plan that we feel will thrive in the ever changing retail market. It is also possible that the Retro51 brand will be retired.

The plan for this year is to stay in business for the next six to nine months as we wind down. We will keep inventory of a select product group through March, plus we have plans for five to six new Popper designs yet to come. At the same time Retro will be working with dealers to produce their own exclusive designs, so 2020 will be filled with several unique and fun Retro designs.

We build our products to be daily writers but we understand that some issues may develop and your pens may need servicing. We are making arrangements for someone to be available to service your Retro51 products so they can continue to last for many years to come. The Retro51 website will also be maintained so you can reference it for this info, plus access the history of products shown there.

We could not be writing this letter without the many faithful fans and dedicated dealers. Countless times we heard how you bought or received a pen for a birthday, promotion or graduation. This small gift was the key to our success. Sharing your passion with someone else to mark a special occasion is why after thirty years we keep going and also led to taking chances on some crazy ideas (see Rudy Tissue Box holder and some of the Tornado Poppers). We are surrounded by such a great and passionate community and we owe our success to you.

Although retirement is around the corner, this is not a goodbye letter. Please consider this a mission accomplished letter. It’s a thank you letter. We are riding off into the sunset and singing “happy trails to you, until we meet again.”

– George and the Retro51 Team

P.S. Life is too short…


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