[SPOKEN FOR] Peacock’s Tail : African Miyuki Magic fountain pen

This handmade fountain pen is the most complex beaded pen we have made to date. It is an in-house blank and the tiny Miyuki Delicas have depths and colours and sparkles that rival the showiest of peacocks and would have the peahens swooning. Delicas are among the most sought after seed beads in the world thanks to their consistent size and the brilliance of their colours.

In case you are wondering what Japanese beads have to do with Africa, it may be worth repeating what I said when we made our first African Miyuki Magic fountain pen a few months ago:

Beads have been part of southern African culture stretching back at least 50 000 years, as evidenced by the shells with holes bored into them that were discovered in the Blombos cave. From then to the days of the San and the Khoi making beads from bone, clay and ostrich eggshell to the gold beads excavated at Mapungumbwe. The arrival of traders (including slave traders!) from afar, began the era of African/foreign interaction and one of the results was the introduction of coloured glass beads. Since then many African tribes have developed exquisitely patterned beaded body adornments that have become deeply ingrained in their cultural heritage. Beading has also developed further as an art form that continues to evolve and excite, as well as being one of the iconic mementoes of Africa that tourists often take home with them.

One last reason for us developing an African Miyuki Magic range of pens is that I (Di) have a confession: I have a bead problem, so this allows me to feel virtuous when I splurge on beads … it’s for work, you know …🍡


Nib: Bock #6. Please select Fine, Medium or Broad in the check-out. Polished steel and bi-color (i.e. steel & gold) are both available. (Please DM me if you need an Extra Fine.)

Refill type: Standard international fountain pen converter (supplied) or ink cartridge.

Dimensions: Total length (closed): 147 mm (5,8″). Length (pen only, no cap): 142 mm (5.6″). Diameter at widest point (excl. cap): 15.4 mm (0.6″). Cap thread: 14 mm (0.55″).




Within South Africa, we offer a flat rate of R125 for couriering smaller items.

International shipping is via a courier or express postage with a tracking number and should take around 10 – 20 working days. Pens are securely packed and insured.

Please use the checkout to see the shipping cost for your location.