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American Made Pens, LLC., the makers of fine writing instruments and accessories including the famous Battlefield Pens, was founded by Bob and Marion Woofter of Cortland, Ohio. Since its founding, American Made Pen, or AMP for short, has surged from a small garage operation producing just one pen per day to one which turns out hundreds per week through the combined efforts of a diverse team of skilled craftsmen, artists and staff. Its customer base has grown too, now encompassing tens of thousands of regular folks but also including US Senators, Congressmen, Governors, NATO officials, US military personnel (from freshly enlisted men and women to the very top echelons of all branches) to even popular Hollywood stars (think “Gunny”, for one).

And to think it almost never happened.

As Bob recalls, it all started when he went into the local café one morning for coffee. In his shirt pocket was an ink pen which he had made in his workshop the night before, the first Patriot Pen. By the time he left he had orders for two more and by the end of the week was garnering orders for dozens more. “Everyone remarked how they had never seen anything my pens before. I couldn’t make them quick enough.”

An important key to the pen’s popularity is linked to the company philosophy: AMP pens will always be US made, never foreign made, and each and every cartridge used in every pen will have been fired by our own US soldiers.

“Our company will never join the ranks of those who have shipped jobs overseas to China. We have had offers but we will never do it. Outsourcing jobs to increase profits undermines our nation and jeopardizes our childrens’ future. Our pens are made in America by Americans and that’s the way it will always be.”

What has made our pens a hit in the USA and now known around the world is our one-of-a-kind design that utilizes two rifle cartridges as the basic structure. But these just aren’t any two cartridges, no sir. The rifle cartridges we use in each and every pen have actually been fired by our own US soldiers. Dating back to almost the beginning of the 20th century, the longer of the two cartridges, officially designated the .30/06 (pronounced “thirty aught six”) was the mainstay of the US military for more than half century. The shorter cartridge used in every pen is a .308 caliber (pronounced “three “O” eight”) and was introduced during the early years of the Viet Nam conflict and is still in use on our front lines today. Your examination of the ends of every pen cartridge will reveal what is known as a “head stamp”, nomenclature which indicates the particular US government armory where the cartridge was manufactured. Also present is a numeral or two indicating the last number of the year it was made, for example “44” or “4” represents 1944. The most common armory head stamp is that from the Lake City Armory, LC. The Lake City armory is the largest small arms ammunition armory in the US and in the world. Comprised of some 458 buildings, this facility, located at Independence, MO., has long been responsible for the manufacturing of all the small arms ammo for the US military.

Visit Robert in booth 54.

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