Monday, April 3, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 475

Just a few photos of one of my favourite "non-fountain" pens -- a Retro 51 'Tread Tornado' rollerball in the "Spark" colour that I acquired a while back...

(photos by Maja ~ please click on images to enlarge)

The 'Tread Tornado' models first appeared in the 2019 Retro 51 catalog, where they were described as "(a) new series (that) uses a chain-like pattern acid-etched on the barrel for a tactile feel that is finished in two vibrant classic lacquer colors (Spark and Flare), plus the all matte black nickel, Flint."

The 'Tread Tornado' is a standard-sized 'Tornado' rollerball (not one of the the wider 'Tornado Big Shot" rollerballs, like the one I reviewed in January) :

LENGTH: 5 inches / 125 mm
DIAMETER: 0.43 inch / 11 mm
WEIGHT: 1 oz / 28 grams
(specs for 'Tread Tornado', taken from Retro 51's 2019 catalog)

The pen came with a Retro 51 capless rollerball refill in black ink (which has a "1 year cap off time"), but it can also accept Parker-style rollerball *or* ballpoint refills; I tried them both in my Tornado rollerball and they fit perfectly.

The metal clip and trim are gunmetal in colour and go beautifully with the dazzling yellow of the pen's body (the 'Spark' model has a simple yellow disc on its cap top --not shown in photo). I love both the appearance of the finish, and the way it feels to the touch.

I'm a huge fan of Retro 51 writing instruments and I was so happy to add this one to my collection :)

I'll be posting a couple more of my fountain pen reviews later this week, and then we'll be featuring some of Christopher's vintage fountain pen finds after the Easter long weekend. In the meantime, have a great week, everyone!

(Blog post by Maja)

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