This pen is a made-to-order, hand-turned, unique, custom crafted work of art. The woods used in creating this writing instrument have been hand-selected to represent the United States Coast Guard ‘racing stripe’ logo, which is recognized world-wide as a symbol of safety and law enforcement on the seas. Since the USCG introduced it to service in 1967, more than sixty countries have incorporated similar slash-style elements into their vessel’s paint schemes.
This pen’s metal assembly, available in your choice of brass, copper, or pewter, captures the romance and adventure of old sailing ships. It has a captivating scene engraved on the tip of a grand tall ship, while the end is embellished with the captain's wheel and compass. Nautical rope accents can be found throughout and encircling the detailed anchor, considered a symbol of well-grounded hope.
Bordering the racing stripe are two segments of teak, a wood native to southern Asia, and widely grown on plantations throughout tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Teak is particularly valued for its durability and water resistance. It is commonly found in nautical environments and boat construction, and makes up the forecastle and quarterdeck aboard the tall sailing ship USCGC Eagle. The custom segments of the racing stripe are composited from three different types of wood, with slivers of brass between them.
Each pen comes in a protective draw-string pouch, accompanied by a letter detailing the woods used in its construction, and instructions for replacing the ink cartridge with readily-available refills from your local office supply store.