About This Model
The Challenger was Parker’s budget line during the Vacumatic era, using some of the design elements in a more traditional, lower cost, and generally simpler pen. Challengers had several models in two generations: the first Challengers and Deluxe Challengers had nice trim and a very attractive feel. The second model, from 1937 until Challengers were discontinued in 1940, were less ornate and looked more like Vacumatics, with a tapered “Parker” imprinted clip and generally a single cap ring. They also sported an ink-view window.
About This Pen
This Challenger is from 1939, so is the final series, with the unadorned tapered clip. It is standard size, in Marine Green. It is quite clean, a nice user pen, with some minor wear marks and some plating missing from the cap ring. Its gold proper nib writes a typical firm fine line.