English Country Garden hand-painted fountain pen


Marian Binder was enchanted by the abundance of beautiful flowers she experienced on her recent stay in England, and this particular rosebud and lavender plant, growing in pots in a typical English garden, inspired her to paint this pen. She spent hours painting the flowers, adding in loose petals here, tiny wildflowers there, leaf veins and pistils. The result was gorgeous.

The story does not end there, however. When setting the pen in clear resin, Di made an error and used in a resin that requires a high temperature to cure. When the pen came out the curing oven, Di’s heart dropped as it looked as if she had destroyed the artwork. Barely daring to breathe while Dave turned away the excess resin, she was upset to see that the heat had crackled the underlying paint. However, closer inspection showed the most remarkable result – Marian’s beautiful painting had taken on an olde worlde, romantic crackled glaze (without affecting the feel of the pen’s surface which is completely smooth). The crazing and crackling is reminiscent of works by the old masters, and here it seems adds a gentle blush to the painting. The crazing has even developed streaks of gold, despite Marian not having use any gold paint! She is as bemused as we are by the result … and equally delighted. Though the clear outer resin layer is not flawless, it gives this pen a unique, charming allure.

Marian, whose work can be seen on her website made.marian.co.za 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.

We look forward to featuring more of Marian’s beautiful artwork for sale on our fountain pens.


For this particular pen we have a Bock #6 nib available in rose gold in either fine or broad (please send us a message if you would like this option.) Also available in Bock #6 in bicolour (polished steel & gold-plated), or in polished steel. Alternatively 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.