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Posted 19 May 2008 - 19:30
This Challenger is the big size,its slightly over 5" and after I got the sacreplaced,the nib tweaked and the body polished I saw how good this pen is.
I got this pen as an only bidder from eBay and the whole deal after shipping and getting it fixed was around 50$.
The first thing that struck me was that this pen is very comfortable in the hand,its wider then I expected it to be and very light.
The green body/cap looks as if it just came out of the factory,its shiny and looks like you can look deep into the barrel.
The filling mechanism is Parker simple but yet very reliable button filler.
this filling system is one of my favorite (more then a lever filler).The button is sitting under the blind cap and so the whole pen looks smooth and homogenic.
The gold fine nib is very simple and you are not sure what to expect until it touches the paper.
I was very happy to see how good this nib is,first it is wet and smooth but more then that there is a ton of feedback coming from the paper but again not at the expense of smoothness,it is surprisingly flexy and with a bit of pressure you can get some line variation even though this nib is not a real Flexible nib,I would say its a semi flex nib.No doubt this is one of my best nibs.
The balance of this pen is like all light weight pen perfect and due to the nice size and wideness of the body this pen makes a wonderful everyday user.
Its not a rare pen but for its price you just cant beat this pen.
Posted 20 May 2008 - 04:04
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Posted 20 May 2008 - 04:22
A nice review of a pretty pen. As I've had chance to own and handle more than a few of these and have a rather long chapter/section in process about the Challenger Family, I thought i'd add a bit of background here
Parker's Challenger Family appeared in 1934 and ran through 1940.
Three core series within the family include :
Deluxe Challenger 1934-1940
Royal Challenger 1937-1940
Each of these series featured two models:
Slender (about 4 5/8")
The Challenger appeared in five "mottled" colors:
and- for just one year- Blue
Deluxe Challenger had four "plaque" colors
Royal Challenger had three Chevron colors
Regular Challenger (your pen) saw two core types/generations, marked mainly by the switch from Ball Clip to Blade Clip. Deluxe Challenger saw similar evolution.
First Generation Deluxe pen with ball-clip. Note the plaque-on-black color
Second Gen regular Challenger with blade clip in fairly uncommon Blue. Note the mottled pattern
Royal Challenger had three types squeezed into a three-four year period.
Condition is important for value, as is preservation of color.
Often these make nice quite writers.
Posted 20 May 2008 - 04:38
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Posted 20 May 2008 - 10:54
I have leanred yet another piece of Parker History.
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 19:43
I do have one question: what is up with breather tube on the later Challengers with the ink view window ("Visiometer")? Does it serve any purpose? Is this just a "fake" breather tube? Because, when I've resacced my Challengers, so far as I can tell, no air could pass through that breather hole in the feed. Anyhow, I'd really appreciate someone who knows Challengers to address the breather tube issue.
Posted 20 December 2010 - 17:30
Then you definitely wouldn't like mine. Mine is even shorter, I'm guessing it's the Ladies' version of the Challenger. Mine has an interesting blind cap though. It almost looks like a black plastic/rubber sheath rather than a cap that screws off.
quite nice pen but a litte bit short for my tastes
Edited by ThirdeYe, 20 December 2010 - 17:31.
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