I’ll vote for the Mercedes!! (Lovely interior!!)I have both the Parker Variant and the Merkur Progress. They perform very, very similar, however, at least to me, the Merkur is a little smoother, not by much, but it is.
I love both, because they have different look and finish. I'm am glad I don't have to, but if I had to choose only one, it would be the Merkur Progress.
Here are my reasons, I am pretty sure some of you won't agree, but this is my personal opinion based on my experience.
1. I like the Merkur Progress vintage design that was introduced since the 40s or 50s last century. Pretty much this Razor has been in production since it first came out. They did a couple of improvements in the construction, but has been the same razor for a very long time.
2. I like the shorter handle, it is easier to maneuver. Although, they have a longer handle version, for people that prefer it like that.
3. It is a tiny bit smoother than the variant. Not by much, don't get me wrong. You really have to compare them side by side to notice the difference. They perform very close as I mentioned before.
4. Finally, believe it or not, I like the plastic tip, functionally and the way it looks.
Functionally, because it is wider that the rest of the handle and it helps with the grip particularly if you are shaving against the grain.
The way it looks, well honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of the plastic tip at the beginning, but once I understood the intention for being the way it is, something happened to my brain and now I appreciate its beauty. Look at these pictures with designs of the same era and you'll see the relationship. I don't think I need to explain.
However, having said all these. If you flip a coin and get either one, you'll be happy for sure. Both are great.
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Same here looking at several adjustables I guess no razor is flawless but I'm leaning towards the progress, the Rockwell model T looks very cool as well but I can't justify the 150$You guys are not making my choice any easier...I am trying to decide between the two. Both have their good features...at this point I am leaning towards the Merkur Progress...but I also like the Parker Variant in chrome. Decisions...decisions. Do we know where these razors are made/manufactured?
Parker made in IndiaYou guys are not making my choice any easier...I am trying to decide between the two. Both have their good features...at this point I am leaning towards the Merkur Progress...but I also like the Parker Variant in chrome. Decisions...decisions. Do we know where these razors are made/manufactured?
Actually, your assessment is very helpful. I do prefer the look of the Parker. Looks like it has more heft and I like heft in a razor. And I prefer an longer handle. Just feels better in my hand. Is there much of a difference in weight between the two? And is there much of a difference in manufacturing e.g rough edges, polish, ease of mechanics, etc.?Parker made in India
Merkur made in Germany
I know we are not helping you to make your choice easy, but this are my 2 cents.
As I mentioned before, I have both and because of this discussion, I decided to shave with both this morning. This is my conclusion.
I know, this will probably make it even harder for you
On my face, they feel the same. I think any difference I noticed is just my brain trying to find those differences, but honestly, the they feel the same.
Even though they are made by different manufacturers, think of them as if they were 2 presentations of the same razor made by the same manufacturer. I hope this makes sense.
The difference is pretty much aesthetics. This is what I think. Take a look at these 2 pictures and ask yourself which one looks better to you. Which one you'll see in your bathroom.
You can't go wrong with either one. Both have great craftsmanship, both shave incredible well and both look gorgeous.
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