Pangolin Pen by Val Myburgh


[Update: sold] Val’s painting of a pangolin is exquisite, and apart from being an accurate portrayal, it’s also … cute! … And sad. Pangolin’s are one of the most trafficked animals in the world, with their scales prized for traditional medicines and their meat considered a delicacy. (Remember that at one stage the pangolin was suspected to have been a vector for transmitting the Covid-19 virus from bats to humans at the Wuhan wet market? Though that turned out to be unlikely, it had an upside in that it prompted special protection measures to halt trade in pangolins.)

Pangolins have a long furry nose and a body clad in razor-sharp scales. When attacked it curls up into a tight armour-plated ball. The barrel of this fountain pen shows a details of these scales, some of which are chipped and have an almost shell-like pattern. Although they look as if they are the wrong way round, the edges are laid out like the leaves on an artichocke and provide the elusive animal with an armour-plating that is pretty much impenetrable to predators. It is the only mammal with scales and these are made of keratin, the same protein that makes up human hair and nails, a rhino’s horn and a baleen whale’s “teeth”. African pangolins eat mainly ants and termites and have long sticky tongues that can stretch out about half their body length to gather up between 1 000 and 60 000 insects a night.

The pen body is made from an in-house pour of resin which Val has painted and we have set in a clear outer layer of resin to protect her artwork. This provides the owner with a beautiful writing instrument as well as a portable work of art.



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


A specially modified Painted Jabulani model which has a rounded end on the barrel, a slightly tapered waist with abronze band at the base of the cap, a bronze ring, and a flat finial on the cap into which is set a medallion with our ‘crown of nibs’ logo.


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 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.