The Retro 51 Tornado is an impressive line of pens that also has great twist action mechanical pencils. I really wish they came in a wider variety of styles that matched every pen. Still, this is a real style statement that can’t be ignored.
Writing Experience: Good+
Price: Expensive (30 to 70 USD for limited editions, featured pencil 32)
Pros: solidly constructed, great accoutrement with purchase (extra lead and erasers will last a long time), classy look, variety of styles that are always renewed each year (more in Tornado Pens), strong pocket clip, large eraser, pocket safe, reliable screw mechanism
Cons: 1.15 mm likely a turnoff for many, eraser compound not the most resilient, lead loading less convenient than gravity feed/clutch chambers
Verdict? Replaces Lamy Safari on Top Ten List. Lamy Safari replaces the Pilot RexGrip on the Honorable Mentions List.