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Review: Retro 51 Tornado Spitfire Pen


A stylish new D-Day-themed rollerball pen is being produced by Castle Bromwich-based Mann Inc to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Called the ‘Retro 51 Tornado Spitfire’, it has the ‘JE-J’ markings of a Spitfire IX and features acid-etched printing to recreate aircraft panels, exhaust and rivet markings. This is a unique paint finish – no two pens are identical – and each has a stonewashed pewter trim to give it an aged look. It has been sold as a limited edition of just 1,000, with each pen’s top ring engraved with the serial number. It’s packaged in an attractive commemorative tube, which includes a 6in by 10in (152mm by 254mm) print by Britain at War regular artist, Andrew Hay, from Flying Art UK. The pen takes a Schmidt P8127 rollerball refill or its easyFLOW refill can be fitted if ballpoints are preferred.

Length: Approx. 5in (125mm)

Diameter: Approx. 0.5in (12mm)

Weight: Approx. 10oz (28g)

Cost: £60 plus postage

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