[Sold] Bold & Brave – hand-painted fountain pen


Zelna le Roux painted this pen blank that we had made with three different horses and when she gave it to us, I fell in love. I have seen many, many paintings of horses and this one just blows me away. Breathtaking is the closest description I can think of. There is a white horse, an Arab I think, on the cap and two prancing white horses on the barrel. Using a very limited palette, Zelna has managed to differentiate the personalities of these three horses, unified by their strength and beauty and confidence. I would love to meet all three horses in real life!

If you would like to request a custom fountain pen hand-painted by Zelna, please send us an email at: info@stanfordpenstudio.com.

Having ridden and owned horses for many years, Zelna has a natural affinity for them. She even hand-makes western saddles and is often commissioned to paint her deeply atmospheric portraits of horses and cattle. She has a passion for all things western and her artworks involving working cowboys have gained her recognition as one of the few artists from outside the United States who accurately captures the romance (and dust and hard work) of the cowboy genre.

Some more background on the process: We created the blank which Zelna then painted. Once she had completed her artwork, we coated it in a layer of clear resin so as to allow the ultimate owner to carry and use this art on a daily basis without it getting scratched or damaged. We also added a grip section in a glossy black colour, then did a final shaping, polishing and buffing. Finally we will tune the nib once the new owner has chosen the nib width they would prefer. The end product is a portable, functional, one-of-a kind work of art.

This particular pen also has a bronze cap band and section ring, and a medallion embedded in the cap finial which has our logo in bronze.


Available in Jowo #6 in polished steel. Please select Fine, Medium or Broad at 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. It has our logo on the finial, and the finial is ever-so-slightly rounded, rather than dead flat, which adds to the pen’s elegance.


  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.