A Geha school fountain pen. I understand from other FPN threads that this is likely to have been manufactured around 1955 in Hanover Germany. Geha was later bought by Pelikan
I bought this pen on impulse from eBay not really knowing anything about Geha pens.
My first impression was very positive. It seems well made, pleasant to hold, not unlike a small Pelikan.
Appearance and Finish
Black with gold fittings. I assume it is largely made of plastic. The steel nib is stamped Geha. The cap is impressed with “Geha Schulfuller Mit Reservetank” picked out in gold colour. The barrel is stamped X 30627. The cap clip is also stamped Geha.
The pen is generally in very good condition.
It is well proportioned being slightly shorter and very slightly narrower than a Pelikan 400NN. I don’t have an M200 but looking at nibs.com it seems to be very similar in size to the M200. I have mentioned Pelikan a few time so far I think because there is a Pelikan “feel” about the pen. The cap has a screw thread. The barrel a blue ink window.
Capped the pen is 125mm, posted 145mm and about 10mm in diameter. This makes it the same length as a Pelikan 120, 140 and 400 (not M400)
Posted it is very comfortable and well balanced. This is a pen that could be used over an extended period
For size comparison, below are pictures of four black piston filling pens. The Geha, a Pelikan 400NN (next to the Geha), a Raja (hooded nib, made in Pakistan) and a no name German pen (with a Pelican cap and a bison stamped on the nib)
It was advertised as having a medium nib. I think it is closer to a broad. It is very smooth and very wet. The nib glides easily over the page with no skipping. There is quite a lot of flex in the nib; it lays down a solid wet line that is three times as thick under heavy pressure as under light pressure.
Personally, I prefer fine, dryer nibs, so I don’t know how much use I will get out of the pen. That is not a criticism of the nib, which in the right hand would produce excellent script.
Piston. This is why I bought the pen. It works perfectly and seems to draw up a lot of ink. The pen has a reserve tank. There is a green button under the feed. I have read that pushing or sliding the button will give you another two pages of writing. However, I have no idea how to work it. Perhaps it slides perhaps it is pushed? Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
I paid $40 for the pen including delivery. Before it arrived I was worried that I had paid too much. However now I have the pen I think it is good value for money.
A good, well made pen. This will make an excellent workhorse.
Edited by vans4444, 19 December 2009 - 10:02.