There’s something about the Retro 1951 Tornado that, even after you’ve only picked it up it for a few seconds, you know it’s a nice pen. Some combination of the sleek shape, the minimalist design, and a good weight and balance makes it a great pen to hold. But what really seals the deal for the Tornado is that it delivers a good writing experience too.
The Retro 1951 refill that comes with the pen is one of the smoother rollerballs that I’ve used, and the black ink has great vividness to it as well. It can smear a bit, but nothing drastic – probably even a little less than an average rollerball.
One thing to note is that the pen retracts via a twisting mechanism protruding from the top. I have to admit that I’m a bit torn on this aspect of the Tornado. On one hand, it makes the pen a bit different and fun. On the other, it’s a bit gimmicky, and click mechanisms are really the more user-friendly design.
Regardless, I’m quite enjoying the Tornado whether I’m writing with it, holding it, or even just looking at it. Definitely $20 well spent.