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1937 Series Bolt | Limited Edition Bolt-action Ballpoint Pen

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Bolt-action click pen made with wood from WWII history.

The 1937 Series of limited edition pens is crafted using the original teak decking from the USS North Carolina, one of the most decorated ships in the WWII Pacific Fleet. 

  • Made with the original teak decking of the USS North Carolina.
  • Slim to medium barrel with excellent balance.
  • Features our customer-favorite, bolt-action mechanism.
  • Compatible with all Parker style refills for many options.
  • Collection also includes a fountain pen, rollerball, and pen set.

  • Handmade in Chicago and guaranteed for life.

The Story

1937 was a year when no one knew what to expect. The world was faced with growing tension and war looming on the horizon. The conflict between Imperial Japan and China was in full swing, with atrocities becoming commonplace as Hirohito's troops took cities on China's mainland. Hitler's fascist grip on Germany was fully realized, with anyone who stood in his way being arrested by the SS and held in camps like Dachau.

No one could have known that in the following years the world would be pulled into a fight for humanity itself. Yet, in New York, shipyard workers from around the city grabbed their tools and began building. The keel was laid for the USS North Carolina on the 27th of October, 1937.

Just a few months before the attack on Pearl Harbor pulled the United States into direct participation in World War II, BB-55 (the official designation of the USS North Carolina) launched. They called her "The Showboat," and she arrived just in time.


When the war started, she was still in the Atlantic, but soon made her way to join the Pacific Fleet for the Guadalcanal Campaign. She deployed a wide range of anti-aircraft weapons to protect vital aircraft carriers, bombarded enemy positions with her deck guns, and hosted kingfisher sea planes that conducted reconnaissance and rescue flights of downed pilots. She became one of the most decorated ships in the Pacific Fleet, participating in all major engagements, and surviving many attempts at destruction. Japanese radio claimed the USS North Carolina had been sunk six times. Rumors of her death were greatly exaggerated.

A New Mission

After the war, she was decommissioned in 1947. She remained in the Navy's inventory and was considered for a refit many times. Ultimately, she remained a time capsule from her time in the Pacific until 1960, when she was slated to be scrapped. A fundraising campaign was able to rescue her from the scrapyard, giving her a new mission as a museum ship in Wilmington, North Carolina.

In 1998, Operation Ship Shape, a major restoration effort, restored much of the ship including her original teak deck. Those boards were stored on-site and some of the most damaged ones became available to the public. Proceeds from the sale of these deck boards support the museum.

We're passionate about making objects that are part of our daily lives using materials with a story, and this is surely an incredible story! The 1937 Series honors the work that was done to build the USS North Carolina, and the work she and her crew did during their service. Stepping into uncertainty to build a better future is how all great things are accomplished; we hope these writing instruments will accompany you on great adventures.

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The simplest and most powerful guarantee we could create.

  • If we made it, it is guaranteed for life. We will repair or replace anything.
  • If you buy it, you'll love it. If you don't, we'll work with you until you do, or you can return it for a full refund. 
  • No questions asked, no paperwork needed.
  • If you lose it, or it gets destroyed outside of reasonable use, we'll sell you a replacement at half price.
  • Lots of companies use words like "reasonable use" as a loophole. We don't. Wear and tear is part of reasonable use, and it is covered.

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Shipping Information

How long will my order take to arrive?

Our products are handcrafted, mostly to order. We make our smaller pieces in small batches of 10-20 items at a time. Because of the custom, handcrafted nature of our products, it usually takes us 2-3 business days to prepare your order for shipment.

Estimated shipping times begin when your order is shipped and vary by the carrier and service you choose. First-class and ground services usually take up a to a week to deliver to the United States and international first-class services usually take upwards of 3-4 weeks to deliver once we ship your package.

Please note that all carriers are experiencing delivery delays right now. It's important to us that you get your order as quickly as possible, but unfortunately after we drop off your package for shipping the delivery timeline is out of our hands. USPS and FedEx will be your best bet for tracking down information about your package. If you are having trouble getting answers, or if you just want some peace of mind, feel free to shoot us a message with questions or concerns at


How much does shipping cost?
We have negotiated rates with USPS and FedEx. The shipping price you'll see reflected at check-out is the actual price we pay to ship to you, no additional mark-up, and we've chosen not just hide the shipping cost in the price of our products. Choose whichever options works best for your budget and delivery timeline. Your shipping fees will be based on the weight of your order. We offer first-class, ground, and expedited shipping options through both USPS and FedEx. Please note, you should still allow time for us to craft your products even with the expedited shipping options (see above).
Which carriers do you use?
We ship with USPS and FedEx.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! We ship internationally with both USPS and FedEx. If you choose USPS international shipping, your package will be handed off to your local postal system when it enters your country. International customers will be required to pay the applicable import VAT and duties in their home country prior to delivery of their package. 
What if I have special circumstances?
We love that our customers often order from us for special, sometimes last minute gifts! We do our very best to get those packages shipped as quickly as possible so they can arrive in time. If you have a special circumstance please email us at We haven't missed a deadline yet!

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Adrian Massaro

So amazing to have such a piece of history. I couldn't be happier. It is so beautiful.

Mary F.
Beautiful Gift!

I ordered this as a gift for my son-in-law for his graduation. He is a history buff and I knew he would appreciate the historic significance of the wood in this pen. He loved it!
The workmanship is top notch. I also had his initials engraved. I would definitely order again. I think it would be nice to include a page or two with some of the story that is on the website. Just in case the recipient is unaware of the significance and does not go there to read it. I found the story very interesting.

Markus Frevert

Wonderful, great memory of battleship and our time here in NC!
Perfect quality and service.
We are from Germany and take this great ballpoint pen with great memories with us!

Andy Donaldson

Quite heavy, but a beautiful pen - just like where it came from.

Excellent sellers. Great service and communication.

William Martin
Excellent craftsmanship

Experience, time, and high quality materials went into this pen. I'm very satisfied with the results, as well as it's connection to history. It is going to be a good heirloom.

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