Pearl : handcrafted fountain pen


When a pen turns out even better than one had hoped … this beauty has a pearlescent main body in a colour somewhere between the most delicate of pink lilies and the inside of an oyster shell. The crushed opal look of the body, offset by phosphor bronze* rings and shiny black finials, is strongly reminiscent of the Art Deco style of the 1920s. Deciding on the material for the grip section was a tussle between black and some of the pale pearlescent material, so we compromised and are including one of each, as our gift to you. We can also make this pen with a slightly wider black ring in the middle, with one bronze ring alongside, or alternatively a thinner black ring with two metal rings on either side. Please let us know if you have a preference for one style or the other.

The way this pen got its name has rather special significance for us: We launched it on Valentine’s Day, which is also our wedding anniversary, and this year is our 30th anniversary. So while we had been playing with possible names, including Pearl or Pearlescent or Perl√©, I happened to photograph it against some beautiful pearls Dave gave me many, many moons ago. And when I looked up what the traditional gift is for a 30th wedding anniversary, lo and behold the answer is: Pearl.

  • Nerdy factoid: phosphor bronze is resistant to tarnishing. And looks gold-ish.

The Whitney model


The Whitney Model is a large pen which is gently tapered at both cap and barrel ends. It has slightly conical finials. The cap is a flush fit with the barrel.


mm inches
Total length (closed) 146 5,7
Length (pen only no cap) 136 5,4
Diameter at widest point (excl. cap) 15,6 0,61
Width of section at narrowest point 10,7 0,42
Section length 25 0,98
Cap thread 14 0,55

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.