Parker Variant Adjustable Safety Razor -Satin Chrome
The long awaited Parker adjustable razor is finally here. Now you can dial in your shave to be as aggressive or as mild as you like.
I just love this razor because it performs flawlessly. Form and function at a very reasonable price.
Ordered this razor along with a Vie-Long brush on Saturday and was received in Maine on Tuesday, now that's fast service. I have many razors, mostly vintage including my Fatboys, Slims and Super Adjustable's, the Fatboy my go to razor along with my Weber PH Classic Handle. Except for ease of loading the Variant has my Gillette Adjustable'sand Progress beat. I love the Grip, Weight, length and balance. I think Parker has out done itself, the price is far less than I could expect. As far a QC it has put bad quality behind.I think a 91R will be my next purchase.
There is a lot to like about this razor. The price point for an adjustable of this quality is very good. And I like it that I can go from very mild to wild with the adjustability. That said, in these early days with this razor, I am finding that the blade is not setting up the same on both sides. One side is more aggressive than the other. I can see it when I look at it carefully. I really like this razor, almost as much as my Mergress, but it is a little off, just a bit. That said, the service here at Bullfoose is fantastic! Thank for the opportunity to review a very nice product.
This is the first adjustable I've owned. I remember my father had an adjustable (probably the Gillette). A little on the weighty side, but not uncomfortably so. I like the fact that one can adjust according to the aggressiveness needed, particularly when skipping a few days of shaving (I've used 3-4) or less aggressive for normal shaving (2-3.5). I find it easier and safer to rinse both razor and blade after shaving than fixed razors. At $57, you can't go wrong with this razor.
I received this razor a few days ago and already it is on track to be my go to razor. This razor is much like a Merkur Progress, but it addresses the complaints I had with the progress. Namely, I like the fit and finish of this razor much better. The satin chrome finish is really nice on this razor and the weight of the razor is just about perfect. In addition to this, the knurled handle makes it difficult for this razor to slip if your hand is wet during shaving. That in and of itself is the number one upgrade versus the Progress. The gap and aggression can go from very mild (perhaps as mild or more so than the Feather AS-D2) to very aggressive when turned up. It also seems that the aggression can actually go past the 1-5 on the dial to perhaps 6-10 since you can effectively turn the knob twice around before you start to unscrew it. All in all, this razor has been great so far and more than worth the $57.00 price.
Comparing it the Merkur Progress, It has a longer handle by .5”, its knurled sot it may be held more securely, and gone is the retro plastic knob. By all accounts, the improved design has yielded a much better designed tool. If you are in the market for a current, production and easy to mid-shave-adjust razor, this is it. A three pass shave provided on of the smoothest shave I have experienced to date.
I received the Parker Variant today, and kris one fine razor. The first shave with a Pol-Silver was as smooth as silk. The razor is a little heavy, but it's very well balanced and comfortable in hand. Fit and finish were well executed. I'd consider the Parker a great deal, and I'd recommend to everyone.