African Legends hand-painted fountain pens


[Update: one pen, Twiga, has been sold. The other two can be bought individually.]

Here is the full set of three African Legends fountain pens painted by Marion Binder. Each one is an original, one of a kind work of art, with a sterling silver cap band and section ring, and the Stanford Pen Studio crown-of-nibs logo on the cap finial.

The first in the series is Twiga the Giraffe. According to mythology, when god created the animals he spoke with each one and Twiga (the Shona name for giraffe) stretched her neck as far as she could heavenward to hear him more clearly. As a gift, god gave her a long slender neck that enabled her to reach the highest branches.

The second is Kgaka the Guineafowl. The story behind Kgaka is just as interesting as her colours. Firstly Kgaka, her name in Northern Sotho, is onomatopoeic with the raucous call for which she is infamous (just try saying Kg-ah-kah out loud and you will know what I mean.) For such a glamorous lady she certainly sounds coarse! Also known as the Fat Fowl, legend has it that Guineafowl earned her spots by using her loud voice to warn Cow that she was being stalked by Lion. (Of course Kgaka would argue that she is not fat but voluptuous.)

And this third pen features Kotoko, the Tswana name for Meerkat, or Sun Angels as they were also called, who were thought to protect the village from evil and to provide comfort.

Marian, whose work can be seen on her website is a phenomenal wildlife, people, and botanical artist. Her art is world-class, as evidenced for example by her recent invitation to be one of 44 acclaimed local and international botanical artists to create the Grootbos Floregium, Africa’s first floregium of botanical art, hosted by Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. When not painting flowers, Marian paints portraits that range in subject matter from wild dogs to warthogs to humans, and in every case she captures the essence of her subjects.


Available in Jowo #6 in polished steel. Please select Fine, Medium or Broad in the check-out.

The Jabulani model


This is a gently curvaceous model, with a relatively wide girth of 16 mm (0,6″) narrowing to a 10,5 mm (0,4″)  grip section and tapering to rounded ends. It has a triple start thread. It has our logo on the finial, and the finial is beautifully rounded, rather than dead flat, which adds to the pen’s voluptuousness.


  mm inches
Total length (closed)  148 5,8 
Length (pen only no cap) 136  5,3 
Diameter at widest point (excl. cap) 16  0,6 
Width of section at narrowest point 10,5  0,4 
Section length 25  10 
Cap thread 14  0,5 

The section can be made to fit either a Bock #6 or a Jowo #6 nib.

Refill type:

Standard international fountain pen converter (supplied) or ink cartridge.


International shipping to your door via DHL Express is R350 and should take less than 10 days once despatched. Pens are securely packed.

Shipping within South Africa to your door is R60.

More information on this model is available here.