The Dafoe Model in Silk : Yesteryear

Fountain pens remind us of the values of yesteryear: to slow our pace; to write birthday cards by hand; not just to stop and smell the roses but to pick some and arrange them in a posy. To take out jewellery we haven’t worn in a while. To select some special paper and choose a matching ink. To tell our friends we care about them.

This particular pen is made from hand-painted silk set in resin, with the resin specifically mixed to match the silk’s colours. The Dafoe Model is exceptionally comfortable to write with and fits in Di’s hand as if they were made for one another. Uncapped, the shape of the pen is curvaceous, feminine. Capped, the pen tapers in both directions, with flat ends and a gently nipped waist where the cap meets the barrel.

As to why we have called this The Dafoe Model, it is named after one of the bravest and strongest heroines in the world today, Janet Dafoe. She is the mother of Whitney Dafoe, (we named our first model The Whitney), and is often out of the limelight, yet a devoted mom who, together with her husband Ron keeps their son alive; a respected psychologist with a PhD; and an activist raising awareness about ME/CFS. She is also seen as the mother of the ME/CFS community and is always offering support and encouragement to people with this disease. Here is a link to a well-written article about the family’s journey.


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): 152 mm (6″). Length (pen only, no cap): 140 mm (5.5″). Diameter at widest point (excl. cap): 15.4 mm (0.6″). Length of section: 26 mm (1 “). Diameter of section at narrowest point: 10,2 mm (0,4 “).  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.