Pearl Pen : the Susan model


A very good friend (Susan) asked for a slimmer version of the original Pearl Pen as she has tiny hands, so here is the Susan model of the Pearl Pen. The cap is slightly wider than the barrel, and although the total length is the same as the original, everything else has been scaled down, giving it a thin, light look and feel.

This is the kind of pen one could imagine Coco Chanel having used. It 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.

It is the same length as the standard Whitney model (145mm / 5,7″) but instead of a maximum diameter of 15,5mm (0,6″), the widest point on the body (excluding the cap) is now 14,mm (0,55″). The grip section can be brought down to a mere 10mm (0,4″).

  • Nerdy factoid: phosphor bronze is resistant to tarnishing. And looks gold-ish.
  • The Susan model is named in honour of an angel-on-earth who has been the most amazing friend to our chronically ill son. They have never met, yet ever since she found out that he is housebound and has hardly any contact with people outside of our family, she has sent him an LoD (Laugh of the Day) every single day for nearly a year now. The LoD might be a card she has painted for him, or a funny meme, a joke, a photo, or short message.

The Susan model


The Susan model is a full length pen, with a cap that is slightly wider than the barrel. Both the cap and barrel have a gentle taper.


mm inches
Total length (closed) 145 5,7
Length (pen only no cap) 136 5,4
Diameter at widest point (excl. cap) 14 0,55
Width of section at narrowest point 10,8 0,425
Section length 25 1
Cap thread 13 0,51

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.