The Guineafowl by Marian Binder


This is one of Marian Binder’s hand-painted fountain pens featuring African wildlife where she has created a realistic portrait but transposed the colours to dramatic effect. Her glamorous guineafowl has a mellow-yellow face and neon-purple wattle. The feather’s original monochrome colour scheme of black and grey with white spots has been replaced with blue and lilac spangled with dots of daffodil. The overall effect is outrageously gorgeous.

The story behind The Guineafowl is just as interesting as her colours. Firstly Kgaka, her name in Northern Sotho, is onomatopoeic with the raucous call for which she is infamous (just try saying Kg-ah-kah out loud and you will know what I mean.) For such a glamorous lady she certainly sounds coarse! Also known as the Fat Fowl, legend has it that Guineafowl earned her spots by using her loud voice to warn Cow that she was being stalked by Lion. (Of course Kgaka would argue that she is not fat but voluptuous.)

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, 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. It has our logo on the finial, and the finial is ever-so-slightly rounded, rather than dead flat, which adds to the pen’s elegance.


  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.