Parker Challenger

1940
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

A grey marbled Royal Challenger, identified by its single broad cap band and tapered clip. It is 13cm long capped, “Standard” size, 1940 per date code. The Challenger imprint is very clear, as is the tiny “0” date code. The pen is in great condition, with minimal scratches and signs of wear. The button works firmly and thoroughly. The silver trim shows very little tarnish. What makes this particular pen unusual is its double-broad stubbed gold nib. At the tip, the nib is approximately 1.35mm wide, and it writes a wet line that is just wider than 1mm. Although unusual, there is no reason to doubt that the stubbed nib came from the factory this way; the nib itself is correct, most likely original.

This pen is not for sale.