Colour Range - Retro 51 Tornado
There is some levity to these Tornado pens - the colours, the names (Huckleberry being a personal favourite and Submarine a much appreciated homage), the Jetsons-esque tube they come in. But don't be fooled, this is a serious pen and it is seriously good.
The barrel is matte coated metal. It feels nice and is relatively heavy and thick. Overall, it imparts a feeling of substance in your hand. The twist action to retract the tip is equally nice so the impression you get from taking this pen in your hand to write is that it's going to be nice.
Submarine in its cute little pouch
But even that may not prepare you for just how nice it is. The business end of a ballpoint or rollerball is the refill really. There is more to it than that, but if you can alter one variable in a ballpoint or rollerball to improve the writing experience, you should go straight to the refill.
The Retro 51 Tornado uses the amazing Schmidt EasyFlow 9000 refill. This is made in Germany and won all sorts of awards when it was released. It is so super smooth and vivid that it is ridiculous.
But here's the best part - the EasyFlow dries instantly. You can use this pen wherever you could use a ballpoint and there is no chance of any smudging. A nice lively, bold black line which stays just the way you wrote it.
Take our word here - the Retro 51 is seriously underrated and seriously great value. If you like smooth, fast writing, with a little bit of feedback and a nice bold line, then the Retro 51 is for you. It's your Huckleberry!