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Gimborn, A Dutch Division Of The Pelikan Company


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Last winter I wrote an article about the Gimborn firm. It was published in the journal of the Writers Equipment Society this spring.

You can find the article here.

 

I hope you'll appreciate it.

 

Allard Borst.

Have a look at my pens for sale here or follow me @penatelier.
And if you have any information on OWA pens, made by Peter Jungmann somewhere near Heidelberg, Germany, please let me know.

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Very interesting read and research, thanks for sharing! I do have a old bottle of Gimborn-Ink, used of course, but did not know anything about the Gimborn firm. Until today...

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Hi Allard.

 

Thanks, there have been some questions lately about a Gimborn pen (a Gimborn 300 if I recall...)

 

 

This is nice knowledge for that person.

 

 

D.ick

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Very interesting article. Thanks for taking the time to do the research and for being gracious enough to share the information.

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Wow! Awesome article. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Allard,

 

Thank you very much for generously sharing your passion and research. This article is not only informative but quite interesting. Thank you!

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Great article and many answers for me... Look at my topic Gimborn 300. They are 150's, not 300's, says the article.

 

Regards,

daffie

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As a token of thanks to Allard, here's a vintage Gimborn ad from the Dutch Indies (Indonesia)

 

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Xjj7dXNSkq0/TZgML7Nx0GI/AAAAAAAAADA/gMlJBvpISh0/s400/tinta-40an.JPG

 

Translation: Gimborn ink for fountain pen. The famous long necked practical bottle. Ink for every kind of pen. Can be bought on every bookshop. Distributed by G. Kolff & Co. Afd Import, Batavia / Jakarta

 

I found it amusing that people now are also into Akkerman ink for the 'famous' practical long necked bottle.

 

Tony

Pie pellicane Iesu Domine, me immundum munda tuo Sanguine – St Thomas Aquinas

"ON THE PLEASURE OF TAKING UP ONE'S PEN", Hilaire Belloc

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Actually, Ruettinger mentions the 140 with a length of 133mm, as Exportmodel/Gimborn.

 

So is there yet another model? Or is Ruettinger mistaken?

 

D.ick

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Hello Dick,

 

Werner Rüttinger (who helped me when I was writing the article) is never wrong. But in this case just slightly misinformed. :D

The pen he refers to is a Gimborn 130. In fact Werner kindly sent me a picture of his pen and this is on page 5 of the article.

 

Best wishes,

 

Allard

Have a look at my pens for sale here or follow me @penatelier.
And if you have any information on OWA pens, made by Peter Jungmann somewhere near Heidelberg, Germany, please let me know.

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As a token of thanks to Allard, here's a vintage Gimborn ad from the Dutch Indies (Indonesia)

 

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Xjj7dXNSkq0/TZgML7Nx0GI/AAAAAAAAADA/gMlJBvpISh0/s400/tinta-40an.JPG

 

Translation: Gimborn ink for fountain pen. The famous long necked practical bottle. Ink for every kind of pen. Can be bought on every bookshop. Distributed by G. Kolff & Co. Afd Import, Batavia / Jakarta

 

I found it amusing that people now are also into Akkerman ink for the 'famous' practical long necked bottle.

 

Tony

Actually, this is the round version of the longneck, which I also have seen (on pictures) with Waterman ink in the period 1936.

 

Is this also a Copier design???

 

D.ick

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KEEP SAFE, WEAR A MASK, KEEP A DISTANCE.

Freedom exists by virtue of self limitation.

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Many many thanks for your article! It's always interesting to hear from european companies, too much has been lost here because of the war making research difficult.

 

Klaus

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Very well-written and researched! And far from dry. A company history with human questions ... what happened between the brothers, how Dutch is Dutch, why conifers. I wonder what this Nederlandish company did during the two world wars?

 

The other Gimborn operation seems to have survived very well in Europe as producers and marketers of pet supplies still HQed in Emmerich. A company incorporated as Gimborn US is located in Atlanta, GA. It is listed as 'privately owned' and in the pet supply business with a great number of products that, if your pet is ailing, you can order from Amazon. I wonder what the connection is to the original company? I suppose I could write them a letter. To add a level of verisimilitude, I could write it with a Pelikan while drinking a Heinekens.

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