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About this project

 


As a full time pen maker I'm always wondering what unique materials I can use for my pens. After making a pen from solid Lapis Lazuli I started trying to figure out a way to make pens that incorporate gemstones without such a hefty processing time. But at the same time, I didn't want the gem to seem like an after thought, as though the pen could exist in almost the same state with or without the gem.

It needed to be prominent, but not gaudy.
It needed to be eye catching, but compliment the pen.

And so the GW GemPen gemstone rollstop fountain pen was born! 

Smoky Quartz with polished steel 1.5 nib.
Smoky Quartz with polished steel 1.5 nib.

 

Black Onyx with black oxide nib.
Black Onyx with black oxide nib.

 

Blue Chalcedony with polished steel nib.
Blue Chalcedony with polished steel nib.

 

 

There are seven different pens to choose from (you won't have to pick which one you want until the campaign has ended). Shown above the gems used from Left to Right are:

Smoky Quartz
Rose Quartz
Garnet
Blue Chalcedony
Black Onyx
Amethyst
Amazonite

In addition to offering individual pens, each price tier includes the option to back the campaign with rewards of 2, 3, or even all 7 pens. The multi-pen rewards are limited in each price tier, and even the individual pen rewards are limited. 

This was intentionally done to mitigate risks of running late with the delivery time. By limiting the total number of pens offered, I can be more sure of the final delivery dates.

 

I reached out to local Pitman, NJ jeweler .aym. for gemstone rollstop samples where each of the prototype stones were meticulously set in .999 fine silver to my specified dimensions (8mm x 10mm). The gems for the campaign rewards may take as long as 6 weeks to arrive to her studio (a timeframe that is built into the final delivery dates), but the clarity and saturation of these gems makes it worth the wait! 

Each of the 7 gems have been carefully paired with a resin that perfectly matches/compliments the attached gemstone rollstop. Polished to a mirror finish, the resin will shine as beautiful and bright as the silver and gemstones adorning it!

Each centerband is crafted from .925 sterling silver. In anticipating the centerband of the pen may take a little more wear and tear, I opted for the sterling silver over fine silver. The centerband has a rounded bottom edge where it transitions to the pen body. The body is slightly smaller than the cap diameter and tapers near the end, allowing the cap to be posted.

The filling system incorporated with each pen is a Schmidt converter, but it can also accept standard international cartridges or be filled as an eye dropper (with a little bit of silicone grease on the section threads).

Each pen comes with a JoWo #6 nib (your choice of polished steel or black oxide). Once the campaign has ended, if funded, you will be asked which pen you want as well as what tip size for your nib. 

Available sizes are:

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

Time for some technical specs! 

Total Weight: 21 grams
Total Length: 148 mm
Cap Length: 63 mm
Body Length: 89.5 mm
Length w/Cap Posted: 187 mm
Grip Section Thickness: 10mm

Depending on the material, the pens begin as either a square or round length of material. I use my metal lathe to machine, drill, and thread the components. This is not a CNC machine; each pen is turned one at a time by me personally. The digital readout allows for a more precise way to repeat cuts.

While I'm crafting the pens, the local jeweler .aym. is preparing the gemstones. Once I'm finished with the pens themselves, the gemstones will be ready to be attached.

Do you live local to Pitman, NJ and want to stop by to see how things are progressing or to pick up your pen? Not a problem! Just reach out to me to arrange a time :)

The intended goal of this KickStarter is twofold: First and foremost, it is to bring an entire pen collection from concept to completed product. Second, it is to assist in purchasing additional equipment for more advanced penmaking. I plan on doing everything possible to adhere to this projected timeline (or even ship ahead of schedule!):

 

 

Each GW GemPen will ship in a pen box with cushioned white satin interior and a handwritten Thank You letter. For backers who pledge through the Full Set reward, an acrylic display stand will also be included to have all 7 of your GW GemPens on display together.

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Risks and challenges

As a full time pen maker I'm confident in being able to deliver on all campaign pledges. The biggest risk I foresee is if all of the offered pieces sell, it may push the final delivery date back a little bit. But I have also tried to minimize that potential impact by limiting the total number of pieces being offered.

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