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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 https://atodallas.org


·         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 Retro51.com

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Caption Contest

It’s been awhile since we have had a contest to give you, our fans, a chance to win a Retro 51 fine writing instrument. We are thankful for the many fans and friends we have made over the years, so this is our way of giving back to you. To win all you have to do is follow these rules:

  1. Enter a caption (comment below) for the cartoon below.
  2. An email must be linked to the entry so we can contact you if you win.
  3. One entry per person (all other entries will be discarded)
  4. Contest ends at 8:00 AM Monday, August 24th, 2015

That’s it, just give us your best caption for the cartoon drawn by our summer intern Luke. The winner will have a chance to win one of the new Tornado designs below. The Retro 51 team will choose our three favorite captions and notified by email.

Good luck and thanks again!


The Prize:

You get to choose from one of these new Tornado designs:



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The Snapper Tornado


The NEW click-action Snappers are the latest Tornado designs to hit the shelves and notebooks. The traditional twist-top Tornado will continue to be a large part of the Tornado line, but we wanted to develop a click-top for our customers that love the Tornado plus love the convenience of the click-top, in fact there are several here in the office.

The Snappers come loaded with an Easy-Flow ballpoint that is smooth like a rollerball but with the long life of a ballpoint. The Tornado’s traditional rollerball refill (REF5P) cannot be used in the Snapper models.


Here is a comparison of the line weight and consistency between the standard Tornado rollerball refill and the Easy Flow ballpoint.



The Safety Yellow and Banker Blue have a high gloss, opaque lacquer on the barrel. These colors and names you might recall from a past Retro 51 series, the Classic 200.


The Confetti and Chrome have a highly polished chrome plating over its metal barrel. The Confetti is then finished with a colorful triangular pattern print for the writers looking for that extra whimsy!


All of the Snappers come with shiny chrome accents and the Retro 51 bullet logo on top.

The Snapper and standard twist-top Tornado both use the same barrel, nose cone and clip, but the Snapper does have a unique top that makes it 1/8 inch taller then the standard Tornado. It is also 1 ounce in weight as compared to 1.1 ounce of the Tornado rollerball.

What are your thoughts about the Snapper? Let us know your thoughts!


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