Vintage Pens: Parker Challenger

Vintage Pens: 2246 Parker Challenger
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $79.99
To get through the Great Depression, Parker designed a beautiful pen that used its older, cheaper button-filling technology to provide affordable pens to a desperate nation. This pen is known as the Parker Challenger. The version above seems to carry a 1940 date code and is made from an exquisite red-marble celluloid. It shows some moderate wear and brassing, but it is still a very attractive pen. We restored it with a new ink sac and hanging pressure bar system. No cracks. A couple deeper scars on the blind cap, and the see-through section is heavily darkened with age. The original 14k gold nib writes a wet fine line that some Japanese-nib lovers might call medium. It has a little FLEX, and it sings a bit as it writes. Smooth. 12.9cm capped.