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Geha School Pen
Posted 05 February 2008 - 08:24
These pens were widely available in Germany during the mid 1970's, where I bought my first one. I lost that pen, and eventually found this pen in WH Smiths in the UK in the 1980's. These pens have a unique selling feature, an orange 'reserve' lever on the underside of the feed. This is pushed up into the pen to get a little more writing from the cartridge. Quite how it works, I really don't know.The nib is a stainless steel nib with (I think) an Iridium tip.
The pen size is:-
135mm (5.31") capped.
125mm (4.92") uncapped.
146mm (5.75") posted.
11mm (0.43") barrel diameter.
Mostly injection moulded abs (from the feel) with a brushed stainless steel cap/ sheet metal clip. It's got a quality feel that exceeds that of the Parker Vector and a superb accuracy of fit. The mouldings have a good even colour and there are no flow lines visible - indicating that the mould parameters were correct at the time of injection.
No longer available, and cannot find any on E-bay.
The pen's 20 years old, and showing virtually no signs of wear. Admittedly I don't use it a great deal, but I've always had it in my desk ready for when another pen breaks. The barrel surface is dull, but there are no signs of cracks, UV degradation or oxidation.
The pen is fairly comfortable. It is a light pen, but I prefer to use it without posting the cap, as it balances better that way. The nib is a fine nib - the main reason I don't use it much, I much prefer medium nibs. The nib shape is a graceful shape, almost identical to the Pelikano. It is possible to flex the nib with normal writing pressure, leading to some dryness in the writing as the feed fails to cope or the tines spread too wide.
Value for money 5/5
It's reliable. Nothing has gone wrong with it in 20 years of sporadic use. Well done Geha in producing such a fine pen.
It's a good pen, durable, useful and reliable. However, there is no spark that makes it special, and it doesn't slowly grow on you either. So, a good pen, not a great pen. Competent without being flashy. A fine school pen where you're not too bothered if it gets lost or broken. It's a pity that they are not still available.
Posted 07 February 2008 - 10:00
So many times I come to the forum and read -everyday- excellent reviews on luxurious FP we all lust for but that most of us will never be able to afford, that is refreshing to read a review on an common, student piece of good writting quality. That was what made me love FP in first place. It brings the nicest memories. Those humble instruments were performers, we carried them for years in backpacks, jean's pockets, rolled over tables, pointed at the chalk boards, made it throught final exams and were respected and cared after much more, probably, that our present and much more expensive models today.
I never had this particular model, but many of my then friends did. It brought memories of my study table, books under a blue light, cold mornings at the Faculty, the old Book Shop, inky fingers and a lot of emotions. Thank you again.
Posted 07 February 2008 - 12:50
In our school-class there was only one kid who used it. This was not exactly representing their actual market share, but Pelikano sold much better, anyway. There was like 80 percent Pelikanos in my class, a few MB Carreras and even less Parkers. Later in the mid 80s the advent of the Lamy Safari came, immediately changing market shares. Geha fell into oblivion after that.
Good to hear that this "writing-machine" stands the test of time. Hope it will serve you for many more years to come.
Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:57
I bought a lot of GEHA cartridges (blue) last year. If you want some, please PM.
"...I still believe that people are really good at heart."
Anne Frank, "Diary" (14 years old)
Posted 30 January 2009 - 12:57
It was a very good pen in the hands of a school kid.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 20:06
My friend at that time was left handed and had this one (I guess it really was available in this special green only). So I didn't stop begging 'til my parents bought one for me, too (even with my name engraved but unfortunately I can't find it anymore, what a pity...).
The nib was longer and more flexible than the Pelikano's which for us made the difference.
Seems to be it made a nicer handwriting, too.
I will turn all cupboards upside down hoping I may find it the next days. Occasionally you may see one sold at eBay's so did I.
Recently they sell combined cartridges that should also fit the Geha, I will take a closer look at them next time.
Thanks for this review and for bringing some memories back!