Retro 51, the beloved pen company known for its twist top pens that introduced everyone to the popular Schmidt P8126/7 refill, sadly announced that they were closing up at the end of 2020. Fortunately, earlier this year, it was announced that the company had been purchased by new owners and they would continue to make their beautiful pens. Along with the rest of the pen community, I pounced on any Retro 51 model last year to avoid missing out on pens I’ve had my eye on for a while. This included the Dog Rescue edition.
Retro 51 launched a series of “rescue” pens and have featured dogs, cats, rhinos and elephants in the past. As you can probably tell by the title of this review, this particular model is the 3rd in the dog rescue line. A portion of the sales from this line will go to Operation Kindness which takes care of Dogs and Cats and works to have them adopted.
I absolutely had to have this one, because it’s a dog pen and one of the dogs on the pen looks like a Westie (West Highland Terrier) – my dog (circled).
The pen is the normal Retro 51 Tornado size, meaning that it takes the Schmidt P8127 refill. I actually think that this particular size is a little back heavy for my hand and prefer the slim tornado size, but the downside to this is that it only takes the Parker G2 sized refill. I really wish Schmidt would produce a G2 sized rollerball – they used to have one but it was discontinued. I purchased it once and it was amazing, like the Schmidt P8127.
The pen has a lacquered pen body – one of the first lacquered Retro 51’s I’ve owned and I find the lacquered surface a little easier to grip for me. The matt black edition I have is much more slippery than this model.
Most of the pens I own are more serious/professional looking, its just the style I typically gravitate toward. I really love owning this pen which is a little more whimsical. Also, it is covered in adorable doggos – what’s not to like? I’ve seen recently that Retro 51 have released a new version of the Dog rescue line – its really nice to see that the new owners of the company have continued the tradition. I’m looking forward to adding more dog pens to my collection.
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