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

Contact us if you need help finding a dealer for The Shield. For other Retro51 Fine Writing Pens visit

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Stan – Tornado Popper


Ice hockey is one tough sport. From skating around the rink on blades to slap shots that exceed 100 mph to checking and dropping the gloves, it’s not a sport for anyone worried about their smile. The latest Tornado Popper celebrates one of the oldest and toughest sporting leagues and championship trophy – the Stanley Cup. It has been designed after the hockey rink with the five rink stripes, nine face-off spots, two goals and skate marks printed over a clear semi-transparent acrylic. It’s finished with gloss black accents, limited edition number on the top ring and vintage goalie mask adorning the top disc. Don’t let this limited edition get by the 5-hole because it’s sure to score big with fans of The Show.

Available at participating Retro dealers. Email customer service[at]retro51[dot]com for help finding a dealer.



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NEW Tornado Popper – Birds & the Bees

Let me tell ya’ bout…


And the flowers and the trees
And the moon up above
And a thing called “Love!”

We could all use a little “love” and why not start with this fun Tornado Popper that’s sure to spread the love. You can’t help but write joyfully with this rollerball covered with love birds, butterflies, bees, plenty of flowers and even a stork delivering a bundle of joy. The barrel has been printed with a literal interpretation of the song complete with chrome trim, serial number engraved on the top ring and a bee printed on the finial. Each rollerball is loaded in a matching graphic tube and loaded with a special prize inside (sticker). Pick up one of these limited edition pens and you’ll be singing… Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees…  

Now available at Retro51 Dealers. Contact us if you need help finding a dealer.


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Three New Designs for September

The kids are back in school, the weather is starting to cool down and Retro51 has three new designs to kick off September!

(These are new editions to the Retro51 and Smithsonian collections i.e. they are not limited editions). 

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Fifteen years ago, the Retro 51 team took a trip to an old Italian fishing village where they learned of a wonderful dish called Cioppino which inspired a new collection that quickly became a fan favorite.  Fortunately for all of us, we managed to unearth the original seashell barrels and have cooked up a fresh new batch!  The Cioppino Rose Gold Edition features heavily plated rose gold accents that bring a new level of sophistication to the Tornado collection.  The genuine seashell barrels are painstakingly crafted to transform the rough shell into a perfectly fitted piece that radiates color and iridescence. This timeless capless rollerball features Retro 51’s signature knurled twist top and can easily convert to a ball pen with a refill change.

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Think about someone you know that loves dinosaurs and will open this officially licensed Smithsonian rollerball pen. Inside the commemorative tube they will discover a metal pen where you can actually feel the bones. It’s been plated in stonewashed copper to give it an unearthed look and finally top printed in ivory to highlight the several dinosaurs that wrap around the barrel.The top ring has been engraved with the Smithsonian name, plus it’s numbered and then imprinted with the Smithsonian logo on the top disc. This pen is sure to make you roar!

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Amelia Earhart set two of her many aviation records in a bright red Lockheed 5B Vega. In 1932 she flew it alone across the Atlantic Ocean, then flew it nonstop across the United States – both firsts for a woman. These feats made Earhart an instant worldwide sensation and proved she was a courageous and able pilot. The Smithsonian acquired the Vega in 1966 and is on display at the National Air and Space Museum to this day.

The Vega by Retro 51 has “rivets” acid-etched into the metal barrel with bright red lacquer finish and then top printed with the Vega’s original golden pin stripes. It is complete with antiqued brass accents and the Smithsonian logo on the top disc. It is packaged in a commemorative tube that doubles as a pen stand. Pick up this rollerball pen for a flight enthusiast in your life.


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Officially Licensed Smithsonian Collection by Retro51 (from left to right): National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Corona Pen, National Air and Space’s Vega Pen and National Museum of Natural History’s Dino Fossil. Each Tornado rollerball pen has been numbered on the top ring and then packaged in a commemorative tube complete with foil stamped logo. What other Smithsonian theme should we explore for a future design?

If you need help finding a retailer with these new designs, please contact our customer service by calling or email. Contact info can be found here:


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Creative Writing with Rob W.

RETRO 51 BULLETIN by Rob Woodruff


At the annual Ya-Ling festival in Manhattan, two burly knurly-knobbed Tornado rollerballs wearing bandanas got into a Cursive dispute with two elderly Acrylics: an Umbra and a Cotton Candy who were on their way to Lincoln Plaza to view a documentary about Eisenhower. The heated exchange, no doubt fueled by Absinthe or Vino on the part of the masked Tornadoes, escalated into a physical assault in Shark Alley.  


Luckily, two nearby Rescue Retros armed with Easy-Flow 9000 ballpoints quickly intervened to lend a Hand. A Dog, floating like a Butterfly, dispensed a flurry of mixed-martial metaphors and a Buzz delivered several perfectly timed, stinging rebukes that subdued the ruffians until a squad of Desk Sets arrived.


The heavily inked rollerballs were apprehended at the scene and later identified as Bandits Jesse and Billy. Both were described as well-known, brightly colored Poppers always looking to spill some ink. Fortunately, the thin blue line has their Numbers and knows their Agenda but acknowledged they are nothing like the Radicals the Desk Sets occasionally encounter.


Two Japanese tourists, smartly dressed in Blue & Gray Stripes, said they were just photographing the NYC Skyline when the brouhaha erupted like a Lava Flow. The self-described 3rd-degree black belts in Sudoku said they were preparing to intercede when the Rescues appeared like bolts of Lightning out of the clear True Blue sky.


Another witness, Juliet (last name withheld), was overheard saying, “anyone that gets into a scribbling match with those Rescue Retros will be easily out-doodled. If I hadn’t been sitting here waiting for my friends Betsy and Jackie to go get some Hot Coffee I would have missed the whole thing.”


Later, the Buzz, with a Twinkle in her eye, told our reporter, “we Rescues might start out as ballpoints but we’re Tornadoes, afterall, and can easily handle any rollerballs, and we definitely know when and where to draw the line. I would happily Zap those Jokers again, she added.” She and the Dog then departed to a Medley of Cheers from a small group of nearby Elite festival attendees.


The ailing Acrylics, bruised and with minor scratches (but fortunately no chips), were escorted to Dr. Gray’s office for new refills, a brief Infusion of Red Wine, and to have their clips adjusted. Then it was just a quick Zip over to see their Legal pencil to see if charges should be filed. Declining to Bill the distraught victims for their services, the providers said their work for elderly Retros is covered by RetroCare with just a $7.50 deductible. Both victims asked to meet their rescuers to extend their “Thanks” and hope to send them each a Daisy Bouquet.


After hosing the Blue Streak and Bubblegum off the sidewalk, Engine 37 departed with sirens quiet but lights flashing.


As of 10:00 p.m. the assailants’ brother, Sundance, had yet to post bail.


Can you count how many Retro51 product/pen names were used?



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NEW Tornado Popper – Dynasty


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 and continues to be popular to this day. The latest Tornado Popper ‘Dynasty’ is printed with a dragon, phoenix and floral motif inspired by these historical artifacts. They are finished with stonewashed pewter accents and complete with the Chinese symbol representing “fortune” imprinted on the top disc. Each rollerball pen has been numbered on the top ring and packaged in a commemorative tube with only 888 pieces produced. Make sure to get one for your collection before they become history themselves.


Please contact our customer service to find a dealer. Email: sales[at] or call 972-479-1405. Some dealers will post links within the comment section as well.



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Arbor Day 2018

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Friday April 27th is National Arbor Day so get out your Retro51’s and share the message! With every purchase of a bamboo Retro design, a donation was (or will be) made to the Arbor Day Foundation to save 250 square feet of rainforest. Since this program was launched in 2010, Retro has made donations that has saved over 6.6 million square feet of rainforest. That is 116 football fields worth of land! 

Arbor Day’s goal is to plant an additional 50,000 trees this month. Whenever you use #arborday in your Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posts during the month of April #arborday plants a tree.

We will randomly choose five winners and you may enter once per day (up to five times). Enter the contest by doing the following:

  1. Take a photo of your Retro51 pen with handwritten message “Arbor Day 2018.”
  2. Type #arborday when you post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 

Bonus Entry!

  1. Sign the pledge to plant a tree during the month of April for an additional entry into the drawing (just note in the handwritten message #Pledge)
  2. Buy something or Donate to the Arbor Day for another entry (note on the handwritten message #donation)

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Five winners will get to choose from the Bamboo Tray, Bamboo Tornado or Hamsa Tornado. You can only win once.

Contest entry ends Monday April 30th at 8 am CDT. We will compile all the entries and randomly  choose 5 winners that will be announced via social media Monday 4/30 in theafternoon. Winners will be contacted via the site they entered through (FB, IG, or TW).


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Retro 51 Bracket Challenge

Now that March Madness is in full swing, it’s time to fill out a bracket with your predictions of who you think will go all the way.  Basketball you say?  No!  We’re talking fan favorite Retro pens here.  To find out which Retro pen of is really #1, we bring you the Retro 51 Bracket Challenge! 

Simply follow these rules and enjoy watching the pens face off in a daily vote. Can you predict which designs will be the favorites? Will your favorite design be voted the #1 Retro? Sign up according to the rules below and see how to win these coveted prizes.


  1. Print out the bracket and fill in which designs you think will win each round. (OR fill out the Retro51_Bracket Challenge Excel File).
  2. Email your bracket (photo of handwritten version OR Excel file) to before the Wednesday 3/20 at 8 am CDT DEADLINE.
  3. Come back daily and vote (via social media sites) for each pen’s face offs. The design(s) with the most votes after 24 hours will be the winner and advance to the next round.
  4. Keep track of your score to see how well you are doing.
  5. One entry per person


Photo references (download here):




Each round will receive points for the number of correct predicted winners.

Round 1 –  2 points per correct predicted winner

Round 2 –  4 points

Round 3 – 8 points

Round 4 – 16 points

Round 5 (Final) – 32 points


The winners with the most points will win the following:

Grand Prize: Abbondanza 10th Anniversary Ebonite Rollerball/Fountain Pen with Titanium Nib. This was a limited edition of 351 pieces from 1990 produced in Italy.


Second Place: 10th Anniversary Titanium Tornado Rollerball – Limited Edition of 1951 pieces from 1990 in the original packaging.

Third Place – Fifth Place: Choice of 15th Anniversary Deco Gift Set, 15th Anniversary Etched Tornado or 20th Anniversary Copper Tornado with keyring token.

Sixth & Seventh Place – If you took part in the contest, we’ll randomly choose two winners to get any left over anniversary Tornado prizes from the 3rd and fifth place prize level.

Good Luck!


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NEW Tornado Popper – Swish All-Star

Step up your writing game with the SWISH All-Star from Retro 51!
With the basketball season intensifying in college and NBA, who will be the all-star to take their team to the championship? This Big Shot rollerball has an acid-etched texture with hand applied red, white and blue lacquer complete with black gloss trim. Each pen has been numbered on the top ring and comes in a matching tube with only 951 pieces produced. Make a fast break to your Retro dealer because the timer is already ticking down. BOOMSHAKALAKA!
Please email for help finding a dealer. These will be in stores this week to early next week based on location.


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Launch the New Year with this new Tornado Popper…

Mission_Mars_SS_animFor decades NASA has sent orbiters and rovers to gather intelligence that will help us learn about Mars and the ability to land a manned mission. The latest Tornado Popper, Mission to Mars recognizes the imagination that first started in the pulp comics of the 30s – 40s to the reality it has become less than a century later. This Tornado barrel is printed with graphics reflective of the future rocket that will launch this mission complete with logo top disc and numbered top ring. Pick up one of these collectible rollerballs (numbered edition of 730) because they’re going to blast off in 10…9…8…

They are shipping to retailers today (1-8-18) and will be in stores later this week to early next week (Jan 10th-15th). Email for help finding a dealer.

Why 730 pieces? This is significant for the number of days it would take to make a round trip from Earth to Mars and back.


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