Unique fountain pen: African – Miyuki Magic [Sold, but fear not …]

Update: This particular pen is going to a new home (*wipes away tears*) but fear not, our first African – Miyuki pen has attracted so much interest that we are planning a range of beaded pens. None will ever be identical and each will have a distinctive personality, so please send us a message if you would like to be first in line when our new pens are ready to go.

Please excuse me while I gush – I am beyond thrilled that this African – Miyuki Magic fountain pen turned out to be everything I hoped it would be. The material is a purple so deep it’s almost midnight. The section, with just a slim band visible when the cap is closed, is a more of a royal purple with a slight shimmer visible in bright light. Removing the cap reveals the section’s coyly hidden curvaceousness. And then the beads: tiny Miyuki beads in shades ranging from Tanzanite to sapphire, cobalt to cerulean to amethyst, interspersed with gold. The final touch: it’s polished to the shine of an out-the-box sports car.

I photographed this pen on Heritage Day in South Africa. Though might seem strange to celebrate this day with a pen adorned with Japanese beads, beads have been part of our 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.

My personal history with beads goes back to before I can remember. When I was a toddler, our housekeeper was also a beader to the Zulu royal household. One day I vanished and could not be found. I was finally tracked down in her room, emptying all her containers of beautiful beads on to the floor. (Sorry, Meetha!)

Back to this pen:

Nib: Bock #6. Please select Fine, Medium or Broad in the check-out. Polished steel is standard; bi-color (i.e. steel & gold) is also available.

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

Dimensions: Total length (closed): 143 mm. Length (pen only, no cap): 135 mm. Diameter at widest point (excl. cap): 15 mm. Cap thread: 14mm.


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.