The first design in the Smithsonian collection by Retro 51 is the Corona twist-top rollerball pen. Its deeply etched barrel is reminiscent of the ornamental bronze-colored metal lattice that covers the outside of the National Museum of African American History and Culture building in Washington D.C.. Lead designer David Adjaye pays homage to the intricate ironwork crafted by enslaved African Americans in Louisiana, South Carolina, and elsewhere through the use of this design. Each rollerball pen is numbered on the top ring and complete with matte black nickel accents and loaded in a commemorative Smithsonian NMAAHC tube. Each pen comes loaded with a black rollerball refill that flows with a medium stroke.
Uses the Retro 1951 Tornado rollerball refill.
These pens are individually numbered but not limited in quantity.
Note: The darkness of finish may vary.
- Retro 51
- Rollerball Pens
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Body Material
- Cap Type
How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).
- Compatible inks & refills
Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.
- Rollerball Refills
- Grip Material
Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.
Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).
- Black Nickel
- Diameter - Body
- 11.9mm (0.47in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 11.9mm (0.47in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 15.2mm (0.60in)
- Diameter - Grip (mm)
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 129.8mm (5.11in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 126.1mm (4.96in)
- Weight - Body
If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.
- 29g (1.02oz)
- Weight - Overall (g)