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Gimborn

The Dutch company Gimborn which was founded in 1855 in the German City of Emmerich was known for the quality of their inks. After 1931 Pelikan absorbed the company, but they nevertheless remained largely independent and continued under the name Gimborn.
In 1951 the first fountain pen model at Gimborn was introduced with some resemblance to the Pelikan 140 Series. Parts of this fountain pen were produced at Pelikan, but no evidence revealed this relationship. The individual pens were assembled at the factory in Zevenaar. The nibs of this fountain pen were all imprinted 'Gimborn'.

Around about 1960, Gimborn found a new business partner,  the company Hermann Böhler GmbH in Dossenheim (near Heidelberg), who produced pens for Gimborn under their names. Gimborn only drove this pens.

As from January 1, 1981 the company name Gimborn BV was changed in Pelikan Nederland BV, also the manufacture of writing instruments under the name Gimborn ended. Until the final closure of Pelikan Nederland BV on December 31, 1995, writing instruments were marketed under the name of Pelikan.

The information on Gimborn and his writing instruments was only possible through intensive and friendly support from Otto Lütkemeyer, Frans Maathuis and Jan Bouwman. Thank you very much!

Gimborn 150 Master

The Gimborn 150 fountain pen was almost identical to the model Pelikan 300. The model differed from it by the clip and the missing cap logo. The name Gimborn is found on the nib. A mechanical pencil was offered, too; this was the Gimborn 175 (design of the Pelikan 350). About 5 years later the black model was extended by three additional color varieties and other models.

Model Production Period Nib
150 Master 1951-1957

14 ct gold nib

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.54 oz 5.12 in 4.02 in 2.44 in 0.47 in 2.0 ml
15.4 g 130 mm 102 mm 62 mm 12 mm


Gimborn 150 Black Company Order Color Details
Production: 1951-1957Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog
Logo: Without Logo Company Order
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: gold plated

Gimborn 150 fountain pens were identical to the model Pelikan 300. The model was produced without beak clip, cap logo or Pelikan logo on the nib. On the nib is Gimborn imprinted. The company Gimborn was sold in 1931 to the Pelikan company. Nevertheless, the Gimborn company remained largely independent and produced continue under the name Gimborn. Belonging to the fountain pen was a mechanical pencil offered, the Gimborn 175 (design of the Pelikan 350).

Gimborn 150 Emerald green Company Order Color Details
Production: 1956-1957Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog
Logo: Without Logo Company Order
Barrel Color: dark greenCap Color: dark greenTrim: gold plated

Gimborn 150 fountain pens were identical to the model Pelikan 300. The model was produced without beak clip, cap logo or Pelikan logo on the nib. On the nib is Gimborn imprinted. The company Gimborn was sold in 1931 to the Pelikan company. Nevertheless, the Gimborn company remained largely independent and produced continue under the name Gimborn. Belonging to the fountain pen was a mechanical pencil offered, the Gimborn 175 (design of the Pelikan 350).

Gimborn 150 Peacock blue Company Order Color Details
Production: 1956-1957Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog
Logo: Without Logo Company Order
Barrel Color: dark blueCap Color: dark blueTrim: gold plated

Gimborn 150 fountain pens were identical to the model Pelikan 300. The model was produced without beak clip, cap logo or Pelikan logo on the nib. On the nib is Gimborn imprinted. The company Gimborn was sold in 1931 to the Pelikan company. Nevertheless, the Gimborn company remained largely independent and produced continue under the name Gimborn. Belonging to the fountain pen was a mechanical pencil offered, the Gimborn 175 (design of the Pelikan 350).

Gimborn 150 Venice red Company Order Color Details
Production: 1956-1957Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog
Logo: Without Logo Company Order
Barrel Color: burgundyCap Color: burgundyTrim: gold plated

Gimborn 150 fountain pens were identical to the model Pelikan 300. The model was produced without beak clip, cap logo or Pelikan logo on the nib. On the nib is Gimborn imprinted. The company Gimborn was sold in 1931 to the Pelikan company. Nevertheless, the Gimborn company remained largely independent and produced continue under the name Gimborn. Belonging to the fountain pen was a mechanical pencil offered, the Gimborn 175 (design of the Pelikan 350).

Gimborn 150 Grey Low vol. Production Color Details
Production: 1952Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Without Logo Low vol. Production
Barrel Color: greyCap Color: greyTrim: gold plated

Gimborn 150 fountain pens were identical to the model Pelikan 300. The model was produced without beak clip, cap logo or Pelikan logo on the nib. On the nib is Gimborn imprinted. The company Gimborn was sold in 1931 to the Pelikan company. Nevertheless, the Gimborn company remained largely independent and produced continue under the name Gimborn. Belonging to the fountain pen was a mechanical pencil offered, the Gimborn 175 (design of the Pelikan 350).

Gimborn 150 Demonstrator Prototype Color Details
Production: unknownNib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Without Logo Prototype
Barrel Color: translucentCap Color: blackTrim: gold plated

Gimborn 150 fountain pens were identical to the model Pelikan 300. The model was produced without beak clip, cap logo or Pelikan logo on the nib. On the nib is Gimborn imprinted. The company Gimborn was sold in 1931 to the Pelikan company. Nevertheless, the Gimborn company remained largely independent and produced continue under the name Gimborn. Belonging to the fountain pen was a mechanical pencil offered, the Gimborn 175 (design of the Pelikan 350).

Gimborn 130 Senior

Three years after the first model Master, the model Senior was introduced, whose parts are also come from the production of Pelikan. From 1958, the model is slightly modified. Now the barrel had no more orbiting ink window, but four round tin windows that reminded very much of Pelikan's new P1S and P1RG models from the same period. The black model Gimborn 130 shows this new design.

Model Production Period Nib
130 Senior 1954-1960

14 ct gold nib

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity


Gimborn 130 Black Other Color
Production: 1954-1960Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog
Logo: Without Logo Other
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: gold plated
Gimborn 130 Red Other Color
Production: 1954-1960Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog
Logo: Without Logo Other
Barrel Color: burgundyCap Color: burgundyTrim: gold plated
Gimborn 130 Demonstrator Other Color
Production: unknownNib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Without Logo Other
Barrel Color: translucentCap Color: translucentTrim: gold plated

Gimborn 120 Junior

Just like the model Senior, the Gimborn 120 Junior is reissued from 1954 onwards. It was aimed at students and buyers for writing instruments in the lower price segment. Also here the first parts of this fountain pen come from the production of Pelikan. At the end of the 1950s a modification took place with this model. On the one hand, the peripheral ink window is now interrupted by webs, on the other hand the lengths of the barrel and cap are different. There are many indications that these new parts have already been produced by another manufacturer (possibly by the Böhler GmbH).

Model Production Period Nib
120 Junior 1954-1960

14 ct gold nib

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.49 oz 5.20 in 1) 4.76 in
2) 4.88
1) 2.48 in
2) 2.40 in
0.47 in 1.5 ml
14 g 133 mm 1) 121 mm
2) 124 mm
1) 61 mm
2) 63 mm
12 mm
1) Early variant, 2) later variant


Gimborn 120 Black Other Color
Production: 1954-1960Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog
Logo: Without Logo Other
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: gold plated
Gimborn 120 Red Other Color
Production: 1954-1960Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog
Logo: Without Logo Other
Barrel Color: burgundyCap Color: burgundyTrim: gold plated

Gimborn new piston filler

At the end of the 1950s or early 1960s, these piston fillers will have been produced. The fountain pens clearly show that they come from the company Hermann Böhler GmbH. Following the trend of the times, these pens have a hidden nib with an internal ink feeder. The interrupted ink window looks very much like the last modified version of the Gimborn 120 Junior. The new clip shape with the curved G for Gimborn shows a feature, which is later continued in the series of cartridge pens of the model Major. Also a new trend to more color is clearly visible. Whether these piston filling models ever came onto the market or whether these are only prototypes is beyond our knowledge.

Model Production Period Nib
New piston filler appr. 1960

14 ct gold nib

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity


Blue unknown Color
Production: appr. 1960Nib: 14 ct Gold
Logo: Without Logo unknown
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blueTrim: gold plated
Black unknown Color
Production: appr. 1960Nib: 14 ct Gold
Logo: Without Logo unknown
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: gold plated
Green unknown Color
Production: appr. 1960Nib: 14 ct Gold
Logo: Without Logo unknown
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: greenTrim: gold plated

Gimborn Major (Series I.)

At the beginning of the 1960s, the Gimborn company introduced a Gimborn cartridge fountain pen for the first time, the model Major. The characteristic feature is the barrel and grip section of colored plastic and a metal cap. The matte chrome cap transitions into a wide polished chrome ring to the opening on which the engraving Gimborn can be read. Starting from 1973, this polished chrome ring is replaced by a continuous frosted chrome surface with the engraving. Until 1972 the narrow-running bar clip carries the curved G as a logo of Gimborn. The end of the cap is closed until 1972 by a plastic plate in the color of the barrel, replaced from 1973 by a metal plate, which later also carries the new G as a logo of Gimborn. Numerous design changes have been made over the years and the dimensions of the pens have also changed. Some known variants can be described as follows:

  1. Highly hidden gold-plated stainless steel nib, without ink window
  2. More visible gold-plated stainless steel nib, encircling ink window
  3. New nib form (gold plated stainless steel), encircling ink window as b), at the end is a chromed metal plate.
  4. Starting from 1973 as c), but the end of the cap carries a metal plate, which later also shows the new G logo of Gimborn

With the change of the variants partly change also the offered colors of the writing instruments. Fitting to the fountain pen is also a ball pen with the name Majorette offered. All these models were manufactured by Hermann Böhler GmbH on behalf of Gimborn. Since Böhler fountain pens are usually equipped with a nib from Degussa, the logo of Degussa (rhombus with half sun) is often found on the nibs of these pens.

Model Production Period Nib
Major (Series I.) appr. 1960 until after 1972

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
a) 0.46 oz
b) 0.46 oz
c/d)0.56 oz
a) 5.12 in
b) 5.31 in
c/d) 5.16 in
a) 4.72 in
b) 4.84 in
c/d) 4.80 in
a) 2.24 in
b) 2.48 in
c/d) 2.44 in
a) 0.40 in
b) 0.47 in
c/d) 0.41 in
2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
a) 13 g
b) 13 g
c/d)16 g
a) 130 mm
b) 135 mm
c/d) 131 mm
a) 120 mm
b) 123 mm
c/d) 122 mm
a) 57 mm
b) 63 mm
c/d) 62 mm
a) 10.1 mm
b) 12 mm
c/d) 10.2 mm
Variant a) appr. 1960, b) appr. 1965, c) before 1972, d) after 1972


Major (a) Green-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1965Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (a) Black-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1965Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (a) Brown-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1965Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: brownCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (a) Red-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1965Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (b) Black-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1965Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (b) Anthracite-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1965Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: anthraciteCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (b) Red-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1965Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (c) Red-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: before 1972Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (d) Blue-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: after 1972Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (d) Purple-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: after 1972Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: purpleCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (d) Pink-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: after 1972Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: pinkCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (d) Yellow-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: after 1972Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: yellowCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (d) Black-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: after 1972Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (d) Anthracite-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: after 1972Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: anthraciteCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (d) Red-Silver Exportmodel Color
Production: after 1972Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Gimborn Major (Series II.)

Many of these late Gimborn fountain pens produced before 1981 were manufactured by Hermann Böhler GmbH in Dossenheim (near Heidelberg). Böhler fountain pens were equipped with a nib  from Degussa. The logo of Degussa (rhombus with half sun) is also found in some of these Gimborn pens.

Model Production Period Nib
Major (Series II.) after 1972

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
1) 0.56 oz
2) 0.39 oz
1) 132 mm
2) 135 mm
123 mm 1) 62 mm
2) 64 mm
12 mm 2 x 0,8 ml (Patrone)
1) 16 g
2) 11 g
1) 132 mm
2) 135 mm
123 mm 1) 62 mm
2) 64 mm
12 mm
1) Füller mit Metallkappe, 2) Füller mit Plastikkappe


Major Red-Black Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
Major Blue-Black Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
Major Yellow-Black Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: yellowCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
Major Dark green-Silver Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: dark greenCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major (?) Blue-Black Exportmodel Color Details
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored

This fountain pen has a clip, which can also be found in the Major Grip. However, this fountain pen does not have a profile at the grip secrtion. It is also noticeable that this fountain pen has a screw cap and not, as usual a plug cap. The cap, the handle and the lid at the end of the barrel are black, the barrel itself and the cap end are made of blue plastic. The stainless steel nib  carries the logo of Degussa.

Total Length: 134 mm
Barrel Length: 111 mm
Cap Length: 62 mm
Diameter: 12 mm
Weight: 10,3 g

Gimborn Major GLS

The Major GLS is comparable to the Pelikan SilverStar, but the details differ between the two fountain pens.

Model Production Period Nib
Major GLS appr. 1973

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0,81 oz 5,20 in 4,88 in 2,40 in 0,47 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
23 g 132 mm 124 mm 61 mm 12 mm


Major GLS  Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1973Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Gimborn Major GL

The Major GL has a brushed stainless steel cap.

Model Production Period Nib
Major GL appr. 1973

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0,37 oz 5,19 in 4,45 in 2,38 in 0,45 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
10.4 g 131.7 mm 113 mm 60.5 mm 11.5 mm


Major GL Black Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1973Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major GL Red Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1973Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major GL Green Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1973Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Major GL Blue Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1973Nib: Steel Leaflet: Französisch,SonstigeLink opens PDF documentGimborn Katalog 1973/74
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Gimborn Major Gold

Another variant of the Major was the model Major Gold. This fountain pen with a gold-plated cap in striped guilloche, gold-plated trim and a 14 ct gold nib should appeal to the adults in the higher price segment.

Model Production Period Nib
Major Gold 1960s

14 ct gold nib

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0,47 oz 5,12 in 4,41 in 2,25 in 0,43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
13.2 g 130 mm 112 mm 57.25 mm 11 mm


Major Gold Black Exportmodel Color
Production: 1960sNib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated
Major Gold Demonstrator unknown Color
Production: 1960sNib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Without Logo unknown
Barrel Color: translucentCap Color: translucentTrim: gold plated

Gimborn Major de luxe

Model Production Period Nib
Major de luxe

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.67 oz 5.20 in 4.88 in 2.40 in 0.47 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
19 g 132 mm 124 mm 61 mm 12 mm


Major Primo Red Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1980Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored

Gimborn Major Grip

There were changes at the nib and the clip at the Gimborn Major Grip. Nibs with and without air holes are known, also clips with the inscription MAJOR and MAJOR GRIP.

The Major Grip must have been one of the last series of Gimborn pens, as it was mentioned in the brochure of 1982/83 whereas the name of Gimborn was replaced by Pelikan from 01.01.1981 on. So was it advertised to clear the final stock?

Model Production Period Nib
Major Grip appr. 1980

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.47 oz 5.32 in 4.84 in 2.56 in 0.47 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
12 g 135 mm 123 mm 65 mm 12 mm


Major Grip Red Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1980Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: silver-colored
Major Grip Red Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1980Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: silver-colored
Major Grip Green Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1980Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: greenTrim: silver-colored
Major Grip Blue Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1980Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blueTrim: silver-colored

Gimborn Major Junior

Model Production Period Nib
Major Junior appr. 1980

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)


Major Junior Black Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1980Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
Major Junior Yellow Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1980Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: yellowCap Color: yellowTrim: silver-colored
Major Junior Blue Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1980Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blueTrim: silver-colored

Gimborn Major Primo

Model Production Period Nib
Major Primo appr. 1980

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)


Major Primo Red Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1980Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
Major Primo Yellow Exportmodel Color
Production: appr. 1980Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: yellowCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored