Pen Review: Retro 1951 Tornado Lincoln EXT

Pen Review: Retro 1951 Tornado Lincoln EXT

Retro 1951 is a pen company not well-known for their fountain pens.  In fact, according to their website, they only have three fountain pens available in their current catalog.  A black acrylic/resin, a white nickel pen, and the Lincoln Ext, a copper colored pen.

The Lincoln is a rather affordable pen (I paid around $60 for it) with a warm, brushed copper finish.  It utilizes a Schmidt steel nib, and standard international cartridges and converters.  The pen has a warm, inviting look to it, along with a couple of unique finishing touches like the knurled band around the top of the cap and the flat top “Duracell Battery” finish on the top.  (That’s my term, not theirs. It really does look like the negative end of a Duracell AA.)  The pen is extremely well balanced when posted, and ends up being one of the few pens that I would actually feel comfortable using posted.

What surprised me most about this pen, though, is the way it writes.  The Schmidt nib is smooth, while still giving a little bit of feedback.  The ink flow is moderate but extremely consistent.  It’s a pen that would work well on cheaper paper, as it provides enough ink to write properly, but not so much that it would overwhelm inexpensive copier paper.  It’s comfortable in the hand, and just the perfect combination of feeling substantial without being overly heavy and causing fatigue.

The only minor complaints are around the clip, which feels pretty flimsy, and could be bent out of place without a whole lot of effort, and the machining of the threads between the section and the barrel.  The threads do not mesh well, and my pen has a powdery residue in the threads which further gunks up the works.  It’s not a deal-breaker at all, but for those who are particular, it may be a minor nuisance.

Overall, though, this is a pretty darn good pen and a surprisingly good price.  And to the best of my knowledge, it’s the only pen out there in this warm, copper finish. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more fountain pens from Retro 1951 in the future.  They could be an exciting new entry into the fountain pen market.

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