Kotoko the Meerkat by Marian Binder


Kotoko, the Tswana word for Meerkat, is the third in Marian Binder’s African Legends series of hand-painted fountain pens featuring African wildlife where she has created a realistic portrait but transposed the colours to dramatic effect. Kotoko, the matriarch of her meerkat clan, has the softest eyes imaginable, and the cutest nose. Other family members are featured on the barrel in their classic pose of standing upright on an anthill, on the lookout for any danger … or any excuse for some rough and tumble.

The bright, playful colours in this pen are a perfect complement to Marian’s Twiga the Giraffe and her Kgaka the Guineafowl.

Another name for Meerkats, by the way, is Sun Angels as they were thought to protect the village from evil & to provide comfort. Marian’s portrait of Kotoko surely reveals her as a Sun Angel.

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.


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.