Parker Deluxe Challenger XF Semi-Flex

(SOLD) This is a mid-1930s Parker Deluxe Challenger fountain pen in Green and Black celluloid, with a 14k gold Extra-Fine semi-flex nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish by hand. This is a larger pen, measuring 5" capped, with a barrel diameter of 0.48".

My customers often write to request a pen of certain features, including (1) beautiful celluloid, (2) silver-color trim, and (3) an XF flex nib, (4) great condition and a low price. Needless to say, vintage pens that meet one of these criteria are rare, but pens that meet all four are downright scarce. However, todayI have a pen that meets the four criteria, and should, therefore, prove popular.

Parker Deluxe Challenger XF Semi-Flex, with the cap off

Parker, being such a huge and dominant pen company, had a diverse catalog, spanning the entire range of sophistication and affordability. North of the mid-point of that range, sat the Deluxe Challenger, a beautiful, chunky pen, equipped with a button filling mechanism, and a very pleasant semi-flexible gold nib. The pen posts very nicely, so it truly is a full-size pen, and it should be comfortable even for people with larger hands.

Parker Deluxe Challenger XF Semi-Flex, nib profile showing perfect tine geometry and alignment

The first thing you notice is the gorgeous Green and Black celluloid. It is deep, rich, the green accents having a lot of chatoyancy. The nickel-plated trim (similar to that found on Vacumatics) is in very good shape, too. The pen has the characteristic ball clip, and not the later trademarked arrow clip that Parker pens are known for. A very interesting, if somewhat lesser known, pen!

The nib is really special. It lays down an extra-fine line (0.3 mm, depending on your ink, paper, and writing pressure) and has a nice amount of spring to it. In fact, I would call this nib a semi-flex, as it does open to at least B, maybe even BB. In a skilled hand, this will be an excellent pen for business cursive, Spencerian handwriting (including some swells), and even D'Nealian. It will also make a great pen with which to learn the Palmer Method or Spencerian penmanship, and for those of you simply who wish to improve your handwriting.

Parker Deluxe Challenger XF Semi-Flex capped