One of my all-time favorite and top five favorite pens is the Retro 51 Tornado. It's inexpensive at $25, and it's extremely comfortable to write with for hours. The Tornado comes in an array of color options from classic lacquers to unique designs reflecting the latest trends(Poppers). There are literally hundreds of options to choose from.
The build quality of the Tornado is superb, and gives the impression that this pen should cost twice as much. Friends, family, and co-workers will definitely comment on the quality and style of this writing instrument. The barrel is made of stainless steel and the clip is very sturdy. The weight of the Tornado is just right for my average sized hands and the high gloss lacquered finish actually prevents slippage when writing. My favorite feature of the Tornado is the knurled deployment mechanism at the end of the pen. Deploying a refill is extremely smooth with no scratching or hiccups.
The Tornado comes loaded with a Schmidt P8127 rollerball refill, which in my experience glides across the paper with minimal effort producing bold and rich color with almost zero bleed issues. Due to the inks rich color, I use the blue refill at work to sign documents. The Schmidt refills usually run between $10 and $12 for a package of three, so these can be costly for those on a budget. The Tornado also accepts Parker style refills and if you hack it, Uniball Signo, Energel and Pilot G2 refills. If a roller ball is not your thing, I'd suggest replacing the Schmidt P8127 refill with a Schmidt Easy Flow 9000 ballpoint, which is the best ballpoint refill I have used to date.
This is an amazing rollerball and was actually my second "nice" purchase when I first started collecting. I enjoy writing with this pen so much, that I have purchased one for all of my family members. The Tornado is a great everyday pen, which is very smooth on a variety of papers. For it's styling, smooth writing, and low cost, I would recommend this pen to anyone who believes life really is too short to carry an ugly pen.