Retro 51 Tornado LAVA FLOW fountain pen
First thing I thought when I saw
this pen: whoa. That looks really cool! Upon opening the elaborate packaging,
the luster of the yellow, orange, and red-on-grey body reflects the light
emphasizing the three-dimensional appearance of the material.
the writing and nib quality—it’s pretty smooth and by far the biggest nib I
The pen takes short
international cartridges, but as I own almost exclusively Lamy pens, which use
their own proprietary long cartridges, I was kind of out of luck. But I did manage to procure a syringe to fill up the original cart it came with, so all
was well. Crisis averted.
is, however, a pretty short pen—it feels kind of unbalanced with the cap
posted, but too short even for my average-sized hands with the pen unposted.
course, that doesn’t change the fact that this pen looks absolutely amazing in
person—the pics definitely don’t do it justice.
looking for a bold pen to make a short note, or a relatively comfortable pen to
write medium-length pieces with, I turn to the Tornado.
rating: 4.5/5. Though it suffers from very slight balance issues, it looks cool
and writes very well, with little-to-no scratchiness and even ink flow.