The Honeybee hand-painted fountain pen [Sold]


(Update: Sold.) We are privileged to present Apis mellifera, better known as The Honeybee, our first fountain pen painted by Marian Binder that is available for sale. This is a one-of-a-kind pen and a portable artwork. This miniature portrait of a hardworking Western honeybee pays homage to the vital role these tiny creatures play to the benefit of people and the planet.

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, to … in this case, the humble honeybee. The barrel of this pen is garlanded in flowers and looks like it is dripping golden honey.

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



Resin base painted with a variety of media. The artwork is encased an outer layer of resin which will prevent the artwork from getting scuffed or scratched.


A specially designed Painted Pen model which is cylindrical, with straight sides and a rounded end.


Available in Jowo #6 in polished steel (with the new ink feed supplied by Jowo to replace cracked feeds). Alternatively in Bock # 6 in bicolour (polished steel & gold-plated), or in polished steel. Please select Fine, Medium or Broad in the check-out.

Refill type:

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


Total length (closed): 153 mm (6″). Length (pen only, no cap): 137 mm (4.4″). Diameter at widest point (excl. cap): 15 mm (0.6″). Width of section at narrowest point: 10.7 mm (0,4″). Section length: 25 mm (1″). Cap thread: 13 mm (0.52″).

This is a model that was made specifically for this pen and not one we normally make. If you would like to enquire about a custom-made pen in this model, please contact us so that we can discuss possible options.


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.