PA2573 Parker Challenger. (Soft Fine)

PA2573 Parker Challenger.  (Soft Fine)
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Product Code: VINT_PA2573
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PA2573 Parker Challenger. (Soft Fine)

Date: c1941

Size: Capped - 4 11/16 inches; posted - 5 9/16 inches.

A rather unusual and very late model Parker Challenger pen from, I would think, 1940 or 1941 at the very latest.  The Challengers were a "thrift" pen - one of the lower PArker models, and as such, were usually used to death, so it is difficult to find a decent one, especially outside of the U. S.  This one was made in Canada, no doubt for the English market, and is fitted with an English Parker Newhaven nib.  It was not unusual for the Canadian pens to be fitted with nibs once they reached the UK.  I am guessing they would probably have used whatever they could at this time during a war.  The pen is in generally very nice shape, though the pocket clip has some brassing and the nib is a little "wavy", though that doesn't seem to have affected its writing performance at all as it is a very nice writer indeed.  The cap has a brass conical end "jewel" with a washer style tapered "Parker" pocket clip below.  This is the same style clip that was used in the contemporary Parker Vacumatic Duofolds.  Around the cap lip is a gold plated band.  The barrel imprint is rather faint, but just about complete.  The blind cap unscrews to reveal the original filling button.  The nib has a fine point.  

I have fully serviced this pen.  It fills and writes very nicely.  The nib lays down a very smooth, fine width line and has a pleasantly soft and springy action. 

A rather unusual Canadian Parker Challenger, made during the darkest days of the war. 

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