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FrontRunners: Hometown Heroes

Photo by Jim Trotter

The David Oscarson Lewis and Clark pens (www.davidoscarson.com) commemorate the duo’s expedition to the Louisiana Territory, which began in 1804 from St. Louis, the home of the pen-making company. The instruments’ designs incorporate an enamel-on-etched-metal guilloche that the company employs on all its pens. The Meriwether Lewis pen is red and gold with engravings of a compass rose on the barrel and Lewis’ signature on the cap. The Wil­liam Clark pen is blue and silver, has a feather-shaped clip, and bears Clark’s signature on the cap. Each is made of sterling silver and limited to 100 examples. The fountain-pen versions are $4,900 apiece, and the roller-ball pens are $4,700.