|Item Weight||2.39 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.92 x 0.47 x 4.92 inches|
|Item model number||VRR-1701|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||VRR-1701|
Rollerball Pen - Deluxe Stealth Tornado
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||4.92 x 0.47 x 4.92 inches|
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- Solid Black Stealth Ink
- Black rollerball refill
- Can be converted to a ballpoint with Easy Flow refills
- Writes like a dream
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For those looking for the latest design styles, the solid black Stealth Tornado Deluxe pen features a smooth flowing rollerball ink. Can also be converted to a ballpoint with the Easy Flow 9000 refill.
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|Item Dimensions||4.92 x 0.47 x 4.92 inches||5.12 x 0.43 x 0.43 inches||4.92 x 0.47 x 4.92 inches||5.00 x 1.00 x 1.00 inches||6.50 x 1.50 x 1.50 inches||1.00 x 1.00 x 1.00 inches|
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EDIT: I reached out to Retro51 and they sent out a replacement knob/cap.
Original review: Decided to go for the Stealth Tornado after reading many pen blogs online and the general praise the Tornado line receives is well placed. The pen arrived securely wrapped in Retro's trademark tube with foam lining. Upon taking it out of the tube, the weight distribution is pretty much spot-on, pretty much in line with the tip of the pocket clip. I'm a sports journalist, so I'm basically writing or taking notes eight hours a day.
Upon barrel disassembly, its construction appears to be brass with a nice black lacquer finish on the barrel's surface (almost feels like anodized aluminum to the touch); the tip cone has a nice, high-gloss finish, same as the pocket clip and Retro's knurled twist mechanism. Not a heavy pen, but it does have a nice heft to it.
Twist mechanism offers the right amount of resistance, but can still be operated with one hand. Pen tip deployment is smooth and consistent and, more importantly, there is zero wiggle when writting. Upon inspecting the pen tip deployment, there's basically no dead space between the pen tip and the cone tip hole, which means you won't hear any rattling or knocking when writing.
The pen came with a Retro 1951-branded Schmidt P8126 capless black rollerball refill. It's my first experience with a Schmidt refill (I've always been fond of the Pilot G-2 rollerballs), but I have to admit it offers a great writing experience. People always say the G-2 refills feel "scratchy" when writing, and after using the Schmidt refill, now I understand whey they say that. There's very little friction, ink transfers to paper flawlessly and it throws down a pretty thick line (even though it has the same tip size, 0.7, as the G-2 refill - at least according to the specs available on Schmidt's website) that I'm still getting used to (G-2 writes thinner). This also means that, at least in my case, I'll need to change my notepads to compensate for the amount of ink it releases (it shows through a regular OfficeMax steno notebook).
As stated earlier, pen has good balance and excellent weight distribution, so I feel no hand fatigue during extended writing sessions. A notebook change will be required to keep the ink from (almost) bleeding to the side of the paper that's already been written to.
The cost for the pen and the nice refill it comes with is more than reasonable. Time will tell if the pen's construction holds up, but based on my time with it, with proper care, it should last many years. If you prefer ballpoints, the Tornado will also take Schmidt's EasyFlow 9000 refill. The Stealth is not pretentious (they offer many other models if that's what you are looking for) and has classic looks, but it is a very nice pen for the money.
This is the most frustrating ink cartridge. It skips big time. Gets scratchy. It is a Retro 51 cartridge. I really like the design of this pen, so I tried another Retro 51, an emerald green. Beautiful pen. Same garbage ink cartridge. What is going on??? Are there better refills available from other brands that will fit this pen? Please let me know so I can enjoy these $20 pens and I might be more of these.
-Feels great in the hand, though I can't comment about how well it will hold up over time as of right now
-The ink is AMAZING. I came from using a G2 though, so that might not be saying much
-The compared to my friend's Tornado, I can definitely say that the extra $ for the Stealth edition is worth it
-Mechanism for twist deployment seems to require quite a bit of effort to twist, or at least more than I believe it should require
Top reviews from other countries
I write a lot at work and wanted something better than a simple pen for daily use
After a quick search found this pen
Very happy with the choice, in fact I lost my first one and bought a second one right away
Not that pricy
Hier ist die dickere P8127 mit Retro 51-Branding verbaut. Die Mine hält, was mir versprochen wurde. Seidenweicher Fluss, Tinte trocknet schnell, ich schreibe mit keinem Stift lieber. 90 g/m² sollte das Papier schon haben, sonst läufts auf die Rückseite durch.
Der Stift ist präzise verarbeitet und liegt angenehm schwer in der Hand. Mir gefällt nicht, dass er eine Drehmechanik hat. Ist aber Geschmackssache. Auch dass er konisch ist, stört mich. Dadurch konzentriert sich das Gewicht auf den hinteren Teil und der Griff ist für meine großen Hände zu dünn.
Wer damit leben kann, sollte zugreifen.