I have been hearing about Retro 51 pens now for over a year on the Pen Addict podcast. Myke, one of the host, is always raving about his love for Retro 51 Tornado pens. About a week ago I finally decided to order one – Tornado Slim Electron.
It uses the Schmidt Easy Flow 9000 black ink which is kind of a mix of rollerball and ballpoint pen ink (you can learn more about it here – a great blog post about the ink). And I will say that it is a wonderful pen. The turning mechanism to get the pen ready to write is tactilely fantastic. The ink is smooth and dark, but dries quickly and writes on just about any surface.
My only issue with the pen is, do I really need a $25 rollerball pen? At the end of the day, that is what this decision comes down to. I really love this pen. It is an A+ pen. It isn’t a question of IF it is a better writing experience than the pens anyone will pick up at Office Depot. And yes that even includes my beloved Energel! It is a question of, “Am I someone who needs a $25 rollerball pen?” If you can afford one, by all means, get one. It is really a dream to write with. But if you can’t, don’t feel like you are cheating yourself. It is more an issue of do I need and will use this pen enough to purchase a $25 rollerball pen.