If you’re looking for a reliable everyday pen that can take a lot of abuse, the Retro 51 Hex-O-Matic is the pen for you. I picked this up while on a visit to my local pen shop, Atlas Stationers for $27.99. Not a bad price for this gem! At first glance, the Hex-O-Matic could be mistaken for the discontinued Rotring 600 due to its similar design elements. Retro 51 has done a great job mimicking and improving this classic design.
Retro 51 did a wonderful job with the packaging. The Hex-O-Matic comes in a sturdy cardboard box that is shaped like a hexagon and black in color. On the box are the Hex-O-Matic logo and a blue schematic diagram giving the packaging an innovative presentation.
Retro 51 did an excellent job designing this pen! The Hex-O-Matic is offered in two colors: silver or black. I opted to purchase the black version because it was on sale; however, the silver version is great looking as well. Its barrel is slim, made of metal for durability, and hexagonal shaped. The grip section on the Hex-O-Matic is knurled which provides superior grip and comfort when writing for long periods. It's knock feels secure and has a nice “51” logo printed on the top. Directly below the knock is a knurled top section similar to the section on the Tornado and Big Shot. The clip has some spring and its band has the Retro 51 Hex-O-Matic logo on it. The Hex-O-Matic is branded extremely well. Great job Retro!
The Retro 51 Hex-O-Matic comes with a Schmidt Easy Flow 9000 Parker style refill. I’ve recommended this refill in the past for the smooth writing experience it offers. It’s a hybrid ink, so it performs somewhere between a traditional ballpoint and rollerball. Check out Mike Dudek’s review of the Easy Flow 9000. Combined, the Hex-O-Matic and Easy Flow 9000 create an exceptionally smooth and comfortable writing experience laying down a rich dark line. The pen is well balanced and fits comfortably in the hand without slippage for lengthy writing sessions.