African Miyuki Magic


Update: This particular pen has gone to a new home (*wipes away tears*) but fear not, our first African – Miyuki pen has attracted so much interest that since then we have made a range of beaded pens. None will ever be identical and each will have a distinctive personality, so please send us a message if you would like to order one.

Please excuse me while I gush – I am beyond thrilled that this African – Miyuki Magic fountain pen turned out to be everything I hoped it would be. The material is a purple so deep it’s almost midnight. The section, with just a slim band visible when the cap is closed, is a more of a royal purple with a slight shimmer visible in bright light. Removing the cap reveals the section’s coyly hidden curvaceousness. And then the beads: tiny Miyuki beads in shades ranging from Tanzanite to sapphire, cobalt to cerulean to amethyst, interspersed with gold. The final touch: it’s polished to the shine of an out-the-box sports car.

I photographed this pen on Heritage Day in South Africa. Though might seem strange to celebrate this day with a pen adorned with Japanese beads, beads have been part of our culture stretching back at least 50 000 years, as evidenced by the shells with holes bored into them that were discovered in the Blombos cave. From then to the days of the San and the Khoi making beads from bone, clay and ostrich eggshell to the gold beads excavated at Mapungumbwe. The arrival of  traders (including slave traders!) from afar, began the era of African/foreign interaction and one of the results was the introduction of coloured glass beads. Since then many African tribes have developed exquisitely patterned beaded body adornments that have become deeply ingrained in their cultural heritage. Beading has also developed further as an art form that continues to evolve and excite, as well as being one of the iconic mementoes of Africa that tourists often take home with them.

My personal history with beads goes back to before I can remember. When I was a toddler, our housekeeper was also a beader to the Zulu royal household. One day I vanished and could not be found. I was finally tracked down in her room, emptying all her containers of beautiful beads on to the floor. (Sorry, Meetha!)

African Miyuki Magic model


This model is a beaded pen that we make in a number of different variations in terms of the areas that can be beaded: either the cap or the barrel, or both cap and barrel. It is a wide pen with sides that appear parallel, however this is a slight taper between the beaded areas and the finials. The finials are very slightly conical and the cap is a flush fit with the barrel.


mm inches
Total length (closed) 144 5,7
Length (pen only no cap) 133 5,2
Diameter at widest point (excl. cap) 16 0,6
Width of section at narrowest point 10,8 0,42
Section length 25 1
Cap thread 14 0,55

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.