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Parker Variant

Great, affordable, and easy to use adjustable razor capable of doing just about all of it.

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For a while I had been using a Viking Chieftain, and I was struggling to get a comfortable shave out of it. I had been eyeballing an adjustable razor for quite sometime, and I particularly liked the ones that can be adjusted on the fly without changing heads. That left me with not a lot of options, but I was looking primarily at the Mekur Futur and the Parker Variant. I had heard great things about both, but ultimately went with the Parker Variant mostly due to the lower price tag and the great reviews it had gotten. I have been using it for close to a month now and it has yet to fail me. I'm using Feather blades and there was a bit of a learning curve with it as it seemed a bit more aggressive even set at "1" than what I was used to, but once I got a handle on it I was more than impressed.

This thing has quickly become my favorite. The weight put me off a bit as I had never used such a heavy razor, but the initial impression wasn't bad it was just different. I did find that for some reason the heft made it feel a bit more premium to me for some reason. I also found that the weight made it easier to allow the razor to glide. I have found my favorite setting to be somewhere between 2 and 3. That is probably a bit aggressive, but I enjoy it. All in all it's hands down the best shaving experience I have had. My only concern is how to keep it clean, but that's nothing a little bit of care and elbow grease can't handle.
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One of my favorite adjustables
Pros: Great weight and grip
Cons: None anymore
I purchased the initial release of the black handled razor and the finish began flaking. Super Safety Razors backed up their sale with great service and we swapped my flaky razor for a newer finish, a lighter gray this time. I enjoyed the Merkur Progress, but this corrects what Merkur got wrong. The adjustment knob does not loosen, the overall weight is nice and the handle is very grippy
Grip
5.00 star(s)
Price
5.00 star(s)
Balance
4.00 star(s)
Quality
5.00 star(s)
Adjustability
5.00 star(s)
User Friendly
5.00 star(s)
Aggressiveness
5.00 star(s)
Ease of Blade Replacement
5.00 star(s)
Pros: 🪒
• Solid feel / Good heft
• Good Blade Feel
• Adjustable
• 3 Color Options
Cons: 🪒
◦ Inconsistent start point
◦ Head cap tolerance can be improved
◦ Cleaning
My very first safety razor that converted me from cartridges; and what I consciously and unconsciously compare all my other razors with. I enjoy the blade feel, enabling me to navigate by touch. This allows me to get to tight spots like under my nose despite not having the lowest profile. I'll normally just hover on the lower numbers (1-4). Despite the aggressive feel, it shaves very smoothly.

On the other hand, the start point can vary. Without the blade, it should start at '+'. However, I have instances it starts behind or beyond that point. Yes, I do make sure that the cap marking is aligned with the baseplate marking. When adjusting the knob, I do have instances when the cap very slightly rotates to the direction of the knob. Thankfully, the blade reveal is still pretty equal on both sides and the cap is still relatively straight. Not sure if this is due to the post holes wearing or needs tighter tolerances. Finally, like most adjustables, it is harder to thoroughly clean compared to regular 2-piece open-bottom and 3-piece razors. I usually just pour some rubbing alcohol down the handle, shake and release.
Grip
3.00 star(s)
Price
4.00 star(s)
Balance
4.00 star(s)
Quality
4.00 star(s)
Adjustability
5.00 star(s)
User Friendly
4.00 star(s)
Aggressiveness
4.00 star(s)
Ease of Blade Replacement
5.00 star(s)

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Pros: Solid heavy feel. Very efficient shaver. As good a razor and a shaver as the Gillette Fat Boy, Slim, and Super Adjustable. Numbers on the dial are large.
Cons: I wish the numbers would be colored. They then would be more easily seen without my reading glasses.
This razor is made in India, was introduced in 2016, and I've used it for several months. It is a pleasant surprise. It is very efficient and it handles my tough beard well at a setting of 3.5 on the dial, which has a range from a setting of 1 to 5. The dial is at the bottom of the handle, similar to a Merkur Progress or an Apollo Mikron adjustable razor. I prefer the dial at the end of the handle, as there is less possibility of coming into contact with soapy water or hard water. It is well engineered and has a high quality and solid construction. The cost is low, as I paid only $57 dollars for it new. As a quality and effective shaving instrument the Parker Variant is in the same club as is the renowned Merkur Futur, the Merkur Progress, and the Merkur Vision 2000, but at a small fraction of the cost. It offers an outstanding grip and balance in the hand. It has no hole at the end of the long handle, and that reduces the possibility of the interior and moving parts getting "gunked up" with soap residue or mineral deposits from hard water. It has a utilitarian appearance, yes, but paradoxically the shave is refined and sophisticated. I own 8 adjustable double edged safety razors. I've never had an adjustable razor that I didn't love, and I've never loved an adjustable razor more than the Parker Variant. I recommend the Parker Variant to all without reservation. It gives a shaving experience that is low cost, solid, and very smooth!
Grip
5.00 star(s)
Price
5.00 star(s)
Balance
5.00 star(s)
Quality
5.00 star(s)
Adjustability
5.00 star(s)
User Friendly
5.00 star(s)
Aggressiveness
4.00 star(s)
Ease of Blade Replacement
4.00 star(s)

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