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Pen Porn: Stanford Wood Studio African Miyuki Magic

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If you missed my review of Stanford Wood Studios (SWS) and their commission process, I suggest you go read it, as it provides the backstory to the African Miyuki Magic. But if you’re only here for the pen porn, then I hope this satisfies your voyeuristic desires. Click on an image to view it larger. Enjoy!

African Miyuki Magic


Let’s start with an homage to the material. The colors are all opaque, so it doesn’t have the depth you see in, say, a Brooks material. However, it allows each color to really shine. You don’t lose one or more to “color mixing” resulting from transparencies.

The section also deserves some notice. It’s the same color as the fuschia in the cap/barrel material. I think it was an excellent choice, as it “goes” nicely with the pen, and doesn’t compete with the glory of the body.

showing how the section matches the barrel


I think Di did an excellent job with the beads. I’m most impressed with how perfectly clear the bead “windows” are. But my favorite part is how the occasional gold bead serves as a lovely accent to the pinks, reds, and purples.

Barrel #2

I’ll have fun switching between the two barrels, although I suppose I should call this one barrel #1, as it was the original. This one has a more separated beading style which is also very nice. I’ll enjoy having two such different — well, relatively, anyway — barrels for this pen.


To be honest, I was worried that giving this pen its own pen porn post would be doing it a disservice, especially by making it follow the pen and the African Miyuki Magic. So instead, you get a bonus in this post.

africa moon pen


The main material is a deep navy, almost black, until viewed in bright light. Then you can see the royal blue… I’m not sure undertones is the right word here, but we’ll go with it.

Showing the blue material

The moon phases and section are the same shimmery white material, rather apropos for the moon. The phases, surrounded as they are with blue look darker, but I’m certain their they same material as the section.


The Africa Moon pen comes with a mini Africa moon phases calendar which is a nice addition. But, to be honest, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it.

Africa Moon Calendar

Thank you for reading until the end. What do you think of these two pens? Would you like one? Do you like my pen porn posts? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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