Clearing Out Some Retro 51 Rollerballs

I’m getting near the end of the line in the process of focusing my accumulation. It’s time to switch to my non-fountain pens. So this post is for my Retro 51 rollerballs. Give me a firm I want it and I’ll reserve the pen for you and send a PayPal invoice. E-Mail me at ray [at] fpquest[dot]com or use the form here.

All pens include the refill listed although the amount of ink left is unknown, they could have pages worth of ink or go dry when writing the first sentence. No packaging or paperwork is included, just the pens. Prices are firm, although I’ll take off 10% if you buy two or more Retro 51’s AND the total is over $35 before shipping. Shipping is a flat $7.90 no matter how many pens are included. Shipping is only within the United States. No trades since that defeats the purpose of slimming my accumulation.

The pens are listed in the same order as the photos (L -> R). Click the photo for a full-size photo.

Retro 51 Rollerballs for Sale #1

Green lacquer withdrawn

Retro 51 Rollerballs for Sale #2Retro 51 Rollerballs for Sale #3Retro 51 Rollerballs for Sale #4

Retro 51 Hot Coffee (Goldspot Pens exclusive): Excellent Condition Schmidt P8126 Red
Refill – $25

Retro 51 Monroe (Vintage Metalsmith): Excellent condition. Schmidt P8126 Red Refill – $35 (On Hold)

Retro 51 Black Stealth: Excellent condition. Retro 51 REF5P Refill – $15

Retro 51 Green Lacquer: Small chip in the lacquer (see third photo above or the close-up below). I noticed several other small chips after taking the photos. Retro 51 REF5P Refill – Withdrawn

Retro 51 Vintage Surf Limited Edition (#069 of 500) – Wooden barrel that’s slightly thicker than the metal Retros. Excellent condition. Schmidt P8126 Black Refill – $35 (n Hold)

Roosevelt (Vintage Metalsmith): Excellent condition. Schmidt P8128 Black Refill – $16 (On Hold))

Retro 51 Tiki Kona: As I previously mentioned, the clip is slightly off-center with the nose on the head. It’s subtle and hard to see in the photo, but once you see it live you will never not see it. At least that was my experience. It was that way when new, so the clip is secure. Bamboo barrel that is slightly thicker than the metal barrel Retro 51 rollerballs. Otherwise excellent condition. Retro 51 REF5P Refill – $35

Retro 51 Bamboo: Bamboo barrel that’s slightly thicker than the metal Retro 51 Tornado. Excellent condition. Schmidt P8126 Blue Refill – $25

As previously mentioned, the refills are used with an unknown amount of ink left. No original packaging or paperwork on any pen.


For Sale: A Mix of Past Favorites

Five Pens for SaleI’ve decided to focus my accumulation around Sheaffers and a few other pens I use a lot. This means some past favorites have to go.

I purchased all the pens new and list the month I bought the pen just in case there were any changes during production that I’m unaware of. Boxes and paperwork are not included unless mentioned in the listing.

I’ve discounted the pens about $25-$50 initially in this post. I’ll be offering them elsewhere in a few days and will raise the prices at that time.

Give me a firm I want it and I’ll reserve the pen for you and send a PayPal invoice.

U.S shipping is $7.90 for USPS priority mail which includes insurance and signature confirmation.

International shipping has been a nightmare for me (and the recipient) thanks to the USPS east coast international mail terminal. I’ve had numerous issues with them and require you either take full responsibility for the shipment (no refund if lost) or pay for priority mail with insurance, both of which require a more detailed discussion.

And Now The Pens


Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age, extra-fine 23kt Palladium “Dreamtouch” Nib. The nib was never a bad writer, but I did have it tuned at the 2016 DC Pen Show. I swapped the original cap jewel for the “Visconti My Pen System Stone: 5- Cornelian cap jewel”. The bronze has a bit of a patina and has never been polished. Other than that, the pen is in excellent shape. I purchased this pen in December 2015. At the time, there was only one size, so no size was specified but this is the larger of the various Homo Sapien sizes that have been around. I wrote about the pen here. I wrote numerous times about this pen, which can be found at this search results link. The pen is a vacuum filler. $325 + shipping. (SOLD)

Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand Fountain Pen, oblique-medium (OM) nib. This is a Montblanc factory nib, installed by Montblanc through their nib-swap program prior to shipping the pen to me in November 2016. A Piston filler with a 14K gold (ruthenium-coated) nib. The trim is also ruthenium-coated. Includes the box and “Service Guide” booklet. I wrote about the pen here. $425 + shipping. (SOLD)

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite, extra-fine 18K gold nib. This nib was sold by Pelikan as a factory extra-fine nib, but as sometimes happens with them, it was closer to a western medium. The nib was ground by Dan Smith to be a more traditional extra-fine nib at the 2016 DC Pen Show. The nib is rhodium-plated. I purchased the pen in March 2015. The pen is a piston filler and is in excellent condition. I reviewed the pen here $225 + shipping. (SOLD)

Pelikan M101N Special Edition (Lizard), extra-fine 14K rhodium-plated gold nib. This is the version released in 2012, not the original vintage version. I bought the pen in December 2013. The trim is palladium-plated. I reviewed the pen here $200 + shipping.

Aurora Optima Nero Perla, medium 14K gold nib. A translucent grey & silver flake pattern. A piston filler that features a “hidden reserve” of ink. The pen material is Cellulose Acetate which the company calls “Auroloide” and resembles vintage celluloid in look and feel. I purchased this pen in November 2016. It’s a piston filler and is in excellent condition. I wrote about the pen here $200 + shipping. (SOLD)

Also, see my previously offered fountain pens that are still available on the For Sale page. I recently reduced some of their prices.


Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 29, 2019

Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo on my Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter

My workhorse pen

Another very slow week as far as fountain pen usage goes. Maybe that last link down below will inspire me to start my mornings with pen and paper.


Pelikan Hubs 2019 – Philadelphia: A Recap « The Pelikan’s Perch

A Pelikan Hub round-up, London 2019 | Fountain pen blog

Ink Log 2019 // – Weirdoforest Pens

Mid-Week Mini: Stockholm Travel Kit. — The Finer Point

REVIEW: MONTBLANC WRITERS EDITION RUDYARD KIPLING FOUNTAIN PEN | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews // I don’t read pen reviews very often these days. This one caught my eye because of the distinctive pen. I don’t know if I love or hate the looks. As mentioned it’s a “…oddball pen, and it’s certainly quite ‘out there’…”

Picking a “Workhorse”: How To Choose A Fountain Pen for an Everyday Writer — The Gentleman Stationer // Some things to think about when choosing a “workhorse” fountain pen. My own choice is the Pilot Vanishing Point with an extra-fine or thinner nib (usually an XXXF nib ground by Richard Binder long ago). It’s a click away from using (or putting away). It fails miserably in his ink capacity requirement, although I stick with cartridges to maximize (for this particular pen) the ink load. Converter capacity is terrible and cartridges are at lease easier to change since I always use black ink.

Stickin’ With It* | From the Pen Cup // That’s a lot of paper, ink, words, and mornings.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 22, 2019

A slow couple of weeks as far as fountain pen usage goes, My vintage Sheaffers didn’t get much use this past week. The Pilot Vanishing Point got just enough use to be written dry this past week. I popped in a new black cartridge and kept it in the rotation.


Should I have stopped buying pens in November 2016? Thoughts on the Lamy Bauhaus | UK fountain pens // This reminded me that my Lamy 2000 has gone unused for too long.

“Oh, they don’t count” | UK fountain pens // I can relate, I have a group of pens that I’ve mentally thrown out of my accumulation but still have them around.

Crónicas Estilográficas: Japanese Eyedropper Today (I) // I had forgotten about the Japanese eyedropper system and learned something new from this post. (An unexpected inventor.)

Silvered Souveräns: A Look At The M420, M425, And M430 « The Pelikan’s Perch // Some interesting M400 variations.

And there was a pen show on the other coast. Unfortunately I also missed the Commonwealth (Boston) Pen Show since it’s tough for me to travel on Sundays.

SF Pen Show 2019 Recap – The Well-Appointed Desk

2019 San Francisco Pen Show — Mountain of Ink

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 8, 2019

Not much fountain pen usage this past week. But an interesting thing happened on the way to seeing if I can use a few vintage pens as daily writers. I found that I love using them. So much so that my three Sheaffers (only two are actually vintage) were moved into my primary pen case so that they are always with me. The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe and King of Pen were put in the secondary pen case and were ignored all week. The stub nib on the Legacy isn’t a daily writer for me, but it’s a nice change of pace.

Could I cross the Rubicon by selling off those to Sailors to focus on Sheaffers? Probably not. But if the Sheaffers keep my interest, I could see not using several of my modern pens and having current favorites fall out of favor with less use. Or, I could get tired of the Sheaffers.

The two Sheaffer Triumphs are solidly built, I have no concerns about them traveling in my briefcase/computer bag. They travel in the Nock Co Burton (from the Pen Addict 2019 Kickstarter) which is usually in the Nock Co Lanier, but will sometimes be moved to another bag or used on its own. I like the design slightly better than the A5 case that came with the Lanier. For one thing, it has slots for pens. For another, it has a bit more padding.


REVISITING THE WANCHER DREAM PEN URUSHI FOUNTAIN PEN | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews // I have little interest in adding new pens these days so typically skip reviews. But, long-term experiences still get my attention.

Quest for Perfection: My Search for the Best Burgundy Ink — The Gentleman Stationer // Montblanc Bordeaux is my favorite, by far, and I still have 4 1/2 bottles left. That’ll carry me for a while. I’m committed to always have at least one pen loaded with that ink. I also agree with his top three choices, although maybe swap #2 and #3, depending on my mood.

Ink – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // The only old ink bottles I have are a few bottles of Sheaffer ink. I do share the affinity for green ink. My second favorite color family, behind burgundy.

The Gimborn 150 Master: A Pelikan By Another Name « The Pelikan’s Perch // Another obscure (at least to me) bit of history from The Perch.

Stationery In Real Life: Making Do | From the Pen Cup // More real-life stationery stories.

UKFP Uncapped: 7th September 2019 | UK fountain pens // I enjoy reading posts about what people are interested in. This is the third “Uncapped” post and I’ve enjoyed all three.

Off-topic – The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White – The Atlantic // I recognize many of these iconic photos, never realized they all came from the same photographer.