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Rockwell 6S, the best razor for me.

Have to agree the 6S and 6C are such well balanced razors personally I only us plate 5 & 6 probably because I shave every 2 days or so design wise the head could be a tad slimmer but other than that nothing but praise
 
The 6S was my first razor and I feel fortunate to have had such an excellent razor to begin my shaving journey with. The R4 plate has been my sweet spot. If you shave daily then I don’t think that the higher number plates offer much benefit. The problem with reviews on shaving gear is that the shaving experience varies quite a bit depending on if you are a daily shaver (like me) or if you shave one, two, or three times a week. For instance, I never experienced tugging until I went a couple of days between shaves.
 
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It finally arrived this afternoon and I can't wait to use it. I agree with @Lee93, @saj1985 and many others that it looks great, has decent heft, and seems terribly well-balanced. Actual use will determine its true value but so far I'm beyond stoked.
 
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It finally arrived this afternoon and I can't wait to use it. I agree with @Lee93, @saj1985 and many others that it looks great, has decent heft, and seems terribly well-balanced. Actual use will determine its true value but so far I'm beyond stoked.

I hope you like it! I returned mine because it was faulty, and now it's out of stock everywhere in Italy (and I paid 60 euros for it on Black Friday). I'll wait for the online store to restock them.
 
Wow looks amazing in that blue colour 🤩

you got around to using it yet?
Not yet, tomorrow is the test drive :001_smile. I'll report back on how it goes.

I hope you like it! I returned mine because it was faulty, and now it's out of stock everywhere in Italy (and I paid 60 euros for it on Black Friday). I'll wait for the online store to restock them.
Yeah I saw your post about the problems you had with yours, hopefully the next one you receive will not have those QC issues. I'm hopeful that I won't have similar issues.
 
Not yet, tomorrow is the test drive :001_smile. I'll report back on how it goes.


Yeah I saw your post about the problems you had with yours, hopefully the next one you receive will not have those QC issues. I'm hopeful that I won't have similar issues.

Could someone please point me to the post that describes the QC issues with the 6S? I have a new one and would like to know what to look for. Up until this point, I've only ever used cheapo DE razors, so my standards are low and I'm not sure what to look for, LOL.
 
Could someone please point me to the post that describes the QC issues with the 6S? I have a new one and would like to know what to look for. Up until this point, I've only ever used cheapo DE razors, so my standards are low and I'm not sure what to look for, LOL.

Here's the quote from earlier in this thread

Sorry for the delay, I didn't see the notification. The difference is minimal in my opinion but the weight allows the razor to slide on the stubble like a knife on butter. Personally I never felt friction on the skin due to the finish. I prefer the stainless steel version for the weight and for the looks.
If you like the 6C the 6S is the natural upgrade.

Unfortunately it was defective and I had to return it (the tolerances were not accurate and the blade was misaligned using the other plates).
I am quite disappointed, I thought the quality control issues were resolved.
 
Thanks. I can't tell a difference between how the blade sits in any of my 6S' heads, but I see a very small variance in how the blade aligns, by virtue of the amount of play it has in the top cap. I'm going to assume that this is normal.

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Yes, that's me touching a razor blade with my bare fingers. :biggrin1:
 
Thanks. I can't tell a difference between how the blade sits in any of my 6S' heads, but I see a very small variance in how the blade aligns, by virtue of the amount of play it has in the top cap. I'm going to assume that this is normal.

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Yes, that's me touching a razor blade with my bare fingers. :biggrin1:
That seems sloppy. I have five razors and none of them allow that, though there is some play in two of them. Once the handle is locked down tight there is zero movement in all of them. So, does the blade move when you tighten the handle down? If not, then it may not be a problem as long as the blade is properly aligned.
 
That seems sloppy. I have five razors and none of them allow that, though there is some play in two of them. Once the handle is locked down tight there is zero movement in all of them. So, does the blade move when you tighten the handle down? If not, then it may not be a problem as long as the blade is properly aligned.

The blade does not move when the handle is tightened. I think the movement of the cap itself in my animated GIF may be exaggerating the perceived blade movement.

I'll check with Rockwell. Thanks.
 
Two threads about Rockwell razors lately with concise and detailed assessments of the qualities of the razor ("the best razor for me", "pure magic") resulting in a returned razor and reports about Rockwell support not being responsive all the time.

I had one "defective" razor in decades, and that was a butterfly TTO razor with not nicely and evenly closing doors. I found that razor in a box under the roof, age probably 20+ years, user unknown.

I also have a Q-Shave Futur clone that requires some manual alignment of the blade when it isn't centered perfectly.

Long short story: The Rockwell 6S is a mild to medium razor with R1 and R2 only being used by extremely few people, for most these plates are unusable. 3, 4 and 6 seem most commonly used, with 4 giving me surprisingly a better shave than 6, something I wondered about. I think 4 guides to a better cutting angle, despite the lower gap resulting in a better result.

I will never deny that the Rockwell 6S gives a very good result. As usual preferences are YMMV, but among dozens of razors I have it isn't among my favorites, but rather sitting at the bottom. It's too mild for me and its finish is less shiny than that of and other razor. It's MIM cast with minimal brushwork to remove machining marks, so the plates inside are often shown with crude casting marks.

I offered some excess razors of the good kind to a friend and neighbor less than a month ago. He had the pick of a RazoRock BBS AS, Rockwell 6S, DSCosmetic X1, and beat me, another DSCosmetic or Yintal.

This was a gift of the kind try them all, keep one kind. Seems he only tried the Rockwell, which gives a great shave, and it has three plates. This must always give it an air of being exceptional. Maybe even the less polished finish sets it apart in a perversively positive way, kinda.

I am fairly sure he only tried the Rockwell or picked it just because it had the most parts, but well, his choice.

The Rockwell is much more readily available and not too expensive. Maybe this is why it gets talked about so way mich more than any other SS razor. It usually also is the first stainless steel razor for many people.

The combination of these factors seems to create such a positive buzz that even the most seasoned and acclaimed marketing experts can only smile and bow in awe! 😀

Maybe the defects get so much more reported because so many units are sold. I don't know.

Outside the USA the Rockwell is a razor that often is available locally, without having to import it from overseas. This also contributes to popularity.

It takes a while to find your favorite razor. In most cases it is also not cheap. Für instance, my first choice was the Timeless .95 gap head. Turns out it is very good and smooth, but boy, do I love the 0.5 Slim head so much more. I also for some reason don't like the BBS AS, the BBS A on the other hand is fine for me. While I in general rather prefer more aggressive razors.

Where to start when getting more serious about DE razors?

The Rockwell is often seen as a good start. Merkur 34c and Edwin Jagger DE89 are often recommend as well, and many people stick with these razors forever, and there is nothing wrong about it.

It just terribly rubs me the wrong way when a razor with regular quality issues and the most basic finish gets recommended and praised so much.

There are so many razors out there that potentially are an even better fit, shave better, with a better finish and no recurring quality issues.

For some reason the Rockwell is supposed to be the end all razor upgrade. The one time perfect investment.

I think Rockwell pushes the right buttons. A mix of Lego and adjustable, a flood of positive reviews drowning the also significant number of complaints.

I feel myself nearly again for the razor. The electric blue version is a looker. A few days later the OP reported paint flaking. Bets are on if the replacement will do any better, and when it will be shipped and received.

I would like to be the marketing guy at Rockwell. I would do nothing regarding the 6S and focus on trying to recreate the magic for their latest models. It has become a self runner.

And as some might have stopped reading halfway, TLDR: other razor manufacturers have even prettier daughters/razors that also might shave even better. 😉
 
@Iridian

I totally agree. I returned mine and decided not to buy it again because I didn't like the way customer service handled the problem. I decided to stick with my old favorites, Homelike Start and Gillette Tech.
 
It just terribly rubs me the wrong way when a razor with regular quality issues and the most basic finish gets recommended and praised so much.


You are most certainly entitled to your opinion, and I respect that. But I have a completely different experience,
as the 6C is a wonderful razor for me. Anyway, it's too bad that "you are terribly rubbed the wrong way" by the
many high praises and recommendations received regularly by Rockwell razors. I hope you find many things in
your life to "rub you the right way" as we head into 2022. :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
Iridian .....Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy healthy New Year !
 
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Two threads about Rockwell razors lately with concise and detailed assessments of the qualities of the razor ("the best razor for me", "pure magic") resulting in a returned razor and reports about Rockwell support not being responsive all the time.

I had one "defective" razor in decades, and that was a butterfly TTO razor with not nicely and evenly closing doors. I found that razor in a box under the roof, age probably 20+ years, user unknown.

I also have a Q-Shave Futur clone that requires some manual alignment of the blade when it isn't centered perfectly.

Long short story: The Rockwell 6S is a mild to medium razor with R1 and R2 only being used by extremely few people, for most these plates are unusable. 3, 4 and 6 seem most commonly used, with 4 giving me surprisingly a better shave than 6, something I wondered about. I think 4 guides to a better cutting angle, despite the lower gap resulting in a better result.

I will never deny that the Rockwell 6S gives a very good result. As usual preferences are YMMV, but among dozens of razors I have it isn't among my favorites, but rather sitting at the bottom. It's too mild for me and its finish is less shiny than that of and other razor. It's MIM cast with minimal brushwork to remove machining marks, so the plates inside are often shown with crude casting marks.

I offered some excess razors of the good kind to a friend and neighbor less than a month ago. He had the pick of a RazoRock BBS AS, Rockwell 6S, DSCosmetic X1, and beat me, another DSCosmetic or Yintal.

This was a gift of the kind try them all, keep one kind. Seems he only tried the Rockwell, which gives a great shave, and it has three plates. This must always give it an air of being exceptional. Maybe even the less polished finish sets it apart in a perversively positive way, kinda.

I am fairly sure he only tried the Rockwell or picked it just because it had the most parts, but well, his choice.

The Rockwell is much more readily available and not too expensive. Maybe this is why it gets talked about so way mich more than any other SS razor. It usually also is the first stainless steel razor for many people.

The combination of these factors seems to create such a positive buzz that even the most seasoned and acclaimed marketing experts can only smile and bow in awe! 😀

Maybe the defects get so much more reported because so many units are sold. I don't know.

Outside the USA the Rockwell is a razor that often is available locally, without having to import it from overseas. This also contributes to popularity.

It takes a while to find your favorite razor. In most cases it is also not cheap. Für instance, my first choice was the Timeless .95 gap head. Turns out it is very good and smooth, but boy, do I love the 0.5 Slim head so much more. I also for some reason don't like the BBS AS, the BBS A on the other hand is fine for me. While I in general rather prefer more aggressive razors.

Where to start when getting more serious about DE razors?

The Rockwell is often seen as a good start. Merkur 34c and Edwin Jagger DE89 are often recommend as well, and many people stick with these razors forever, and there is nothing wrong about it.

It just terribly rubs me the wrong way when a razor with regular quality issues and the most basic finish gets recommended and praised so much.

There are so many razors out there that potentially are an even better fit, shave better, with a better finish and no recurring quality issues.

For some reason the Rockwell is supposed to be the end all razor upgrade. The one time perfect investment.

I think Rockwell pushes the right buttons. A mix of Lego and adjustable, a flood of positive reviews drowning the also significant number of complaints.

I feel myself nearly again for the razor. The electric blue version is a looker. A few days later the OP reported paint flaking. Bets are on if the replacement will do any better, and when it will be shipped and received.

I would like to be the marketing guy at Rockwell. I would do nothing regarding the 6S and focus on trying to recreate the magic for their latest models. It has become a self runner.

And as some might have stopped reading halfway, TLDR: other razor manufacturers have even prettier daughters/razors that also might shave even better. 😉

That's a ton of good razor feedback here for anyone who will read patiently !
 
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