Mostly they look and often feel nicer. They might give very slightly better shaves, due to having tighter tolerances and possibly more thought put into design, but I'm not completely convinced about this. Certainly technique and good prep are much more important, in my experience. If your existing razor is giving good results, there's no need to change, although you might get the beginnings of RAD and believe you should.So I've been using a $16 Baili that had good reviews on Amazon. Obviously there are some out there that cost a lot more but how would people say they compare?
It's funny, I read the "cheap" and "Parker Variant" together and laughed out loud. I don't mean to pick on THall but the quote demonstrates best that everyone here has their own standard for cheap and expensive. Compared to a lot of other modern razors yes the Variant is cheaper but it ain't a cheap razor. It's my usual daily driver and rarely gets swapped out, for at times a pre-war tech that I got dirt cheap way back when.I have both vintage and modern razors, some ranging on the cheap end to some of the most expensive you will see. I can tell you for a fact that some of the cheapest I have will give you a much better shave than the most expensive ones I own.
On the cheap end, you can’t go wrong with modern razors like the Parker Variant, Razorock Game Changer, Fendrihan Mark II series and the Standard Razors Aluminum.
As far as vintage goes, the best shave in my collection comes from a Gillette Pre-War Tech, they are not dated, just look for those triangular slots. The Slims, Super Adjustables and Fatboys are great if you can get a good deal on them.
I need to at some point buy a Fatboy and Slim, my SA109 isn't great even after being refurbished. But I like to keep it for the bright shinny effect.I understand what you mean, I agree that $57 isn’t cheap so to speak but it is the lowest price modern adjustable you will find and it is a better shaver than most other high priced ones from $80 to $300. I was trying to group it with the other moderns.
I love my Fatboy, Slim and Super Adjustable along with their superior build, looks and history but my Variant gives me a better shave.
My Slim is a little better shaver than my Fatboy. My SA is slightly more aggressive than my Slim even though the heads look just about identical. There were baseplate changes on both the Slim and SA, depending on the year. I never tried the black nylon baseplate of the post 1976 SAsI need to at some point buy a Fatboy and Slim, my SA109 isn't great even after being refurbished. But I like to keep it for the bright shinny effect.
Variant is definitely great, needs to be cleaned more often than my 3-piece pre-war tech but boy it's a great razor. I need to buy another and put it in storage.
Its not the cheapest modern adjustable. The Qshave Parthenon is $49.I understand what you mean, I agree that $57 isn’t cheap so to speak but it is the lowest price modern adjustable you will find and it is a better shaver than most other high priced ones from $80 to $300.