Pens and inks are my passion, but I am totally of the opinion that gems are also a girl’s best friend ^_^.  So when John Greco of GW Pens asked me to testdrive his new Gem Pen, available now on Kickstarter, I jumped at the chance!

There are seven color choices available when pledging:


It goes without saying that all of the pens are set with a corresponding genuine gem.

Being a lover of pink, the one that intrigued me the most was the Rose Quartz version.  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use it as an eyedropper.  For the purposes of this review I have tried it with the provided converter and as an ED.

If you are familiar with custom pens, you’ll feel right at home with the Gem Pen.



What struck me the most about this pen is the ethereal feel of it.  At first glance it is a soft pink with light pink/whiteish swirls, however as I took a closer look I saw that the ghostly clouds were actually a light shimmer throughout the body!


This is hard to capture in photos, but the effect is quite dazzling on a mostly sheer pen.

But how does it write?


The pens will be available with JoWo #6 Polished Steel or Black Oxide nibs in the following sizes:

  • Extra Fine
  • Fine
  • Medium
  • Bold
  • 1.1 Italic
  • 1.5 Italic

I opted for a 1.5 Italic for this review.  John tunes the nibs, and I requested a smooth, juicy line which is exactly what I got.  It is worth noting that I have two other pens from him, both from his Alpha Collection, and both are excellent writers.

Here is the pen setup as an ED.  I like the look a lot more this way ^_^.


Size wise this pen is very similar to a few familiar faces.  Here is a photo of it against a Lamy Al-Star and TWSBI 580, unposted.


I wasn’t much of a fan of the pen posted, but I’m usually not so that did not take much away for me.

A few notes about the prototype:

  • The gem will align perfectly with the nib for the production, on the prototype it is slightly off.
  • The cap-to-body threading of the pen will be more polished, although I can’t imagine them being more perfect!  The ED fill is holding like a charm with a dab of silicone.

One of the most valuable things about this Kickstarter is the wonderful service that GW Pens provides.  I can be a bit of a stickler for details, and John has always put my mind at ease and tried to accomodate all of my endless requests.  If you haven’t tried a GW Pen, now is a great time.  The “Rock Bottom” pledge price is $175.00 which is less than what his pens go for without the gem.

At the time of this posting the project is more than halfway funded at $3,226/$5000 pledged with 20 days to go!

It warms my heart to see more pen related Kickstarters.  Hippo Noto was such a great campaign, and I hope this one is successful as well ^_^.