I've been using these in my Retro 51 Tornado and they're pretty darn fantastic.
I think this color is a great blue-black. One star off because the refill is
very small and I burn through them very quickly.
So I'm carrying 6 pens/pencils/highlighters and ink refills in the side pocket
and use the interior pockets for carrying knitting tins and extra needles, the
other side is personal items and this little pouch just handles it all very
well. I needed more organization for my 'stuff' without losing the open capacity
(some cases are too organized) and didn't want something gargantuan. This fits
the bill and doesn't look conspicuous when I leave it out on my desk. Someone at
work joked that I have everything in this little bag and they weren't far from
So I've always loved the look of the Retro 51 and have a green one but its a bit
heavy for my hand and the refills are too wide for my handwriting.
The Tornado Touch fixes both those problems. It is light and nice to use as a
quick note jotter. The mustache is quirky and gets a smile every time someone
notices it. I immediately swapped out for a gel refill and the screw mechanism
came out quickly and was easy to manipulate. No issues with the stylus, played
(and won!) the level of Plague I was stuck on. So definite win for the pen.
My only heartburn is with the twist mechanism. It is not particularly smooth and
frequently I untwist the cap instead of retracting the pen nib. My guess is that
the stylus makes a traditional knock impractical but I wish the unscrew
mechanism was located in another place to avoid the crossover.
Its a close tie but I think this paper edges out my Kokuyo Campus and MIO
notebooks. I use all three interchangeably but Maruman keeps getting grabbed
when I need a new one.
It handles my fountain pens as easily as the fine line gels I use to write.
Smooth paper, ink doesn't take forever to dry (like Rhodia and Clarefontaine),
and I can use both sides. Only caveat is that my FPs are XF, but I think the
quality would hold for a broader nib as well.
So, this is cute and holds 3 of my Frixion slims with room to spare, but the
belt lays on the inside of my planner which doesn't allow the planner to close
and makes that side lumpy.
I just happen to have some extra stretchy webbing to hack it with so I can move
the clip to a better location, but it should have the clip on the same side as
the pocket. Maybe it would with a smaller notebook but I can't stand the pocket