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 a later example, from 1940, in demi-size. It is in Parker’s Marine Green celluloid, and is in very nice, very clean condition, with no noticeable scratches, marks, or nicks. The gold plating on the clip and cap ring is thin but complete. Imprint is complete and easily read, as is the “40” date code. The button-filler is efficient and fills well. The pleasant surprise is the nib, which writes a soft, wet medium with some flex! This is a pen that can be an everyday writer.