12-03-2012, 10:49 AM
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does anyone else think the Parker razor is one of the most under rated? has anyone else seen their new horn handle razor? and who here would love to see an open comb from them?

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 12-03-2012, 10:54 AM
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  • Dave
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I think they're junk honestly. I haven't had one yet that was good and I've given up on them.

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 12-03-2012, 10:58 AM
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Wow...Im not speaking of the TTO but the 3 piece? have you only tried the tto?

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 12-03-2012, 11:00 AM
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  • Dave
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Yup the three pieces are all I've tried. I've had two of em and neither of em shaved good.

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 12-03-2012, 11:00 AM
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Haven't tried them myself, but this thread might get better feedback in the DE razor forum instead of the straight razor forum.

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 12-03-2012, 11:02 AM
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  • beartrap
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I have only tried one and it was POS, as usual YMMV Biggrin

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 12-03-2012, 11:03 AM
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  • Dave
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(12-03-2012, 11:02 AM)beartrap Wrote: I have only tried one and it was POS, as usual YMMV Biggrin

You said it just right. I put Parkers in the same category as Muhle. DNBA (Do not buy again)

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 12-03-2012, 11:06 AM
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Why is this in straight razors?

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 12-03-2012, 11:07 AM
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  • Dave
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It's not in straight razors any more. I moved it.

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 12-03-2012, 11:12 AM
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WOW, I tried the 71R and 99R Barberpole...and both were decent...on the agressive side , good for me but YMMV

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 12-03-2012, 12:12 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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My 1st DE was/is a Parker 96R. It is a TTO. (As of yet I haven't tried a 3 piece razor. I've been hinting for a Tech for Christmas...lol) I shaved with it once then acquired a Fatboy from a friend the next day. I now have 5 DE's.(Received a red tip today, but have not tried it yet). I guess my new guy status will be speaking here but I get nice smooth shaves with it. It is touchy with different blades but I am trying to figure it all out. For a new guy who isn't into vintage hardware a would think a Parker is a good entry razor. YMMV of course.

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 12-03-2012, 12:16 PM
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  • P Funk
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I have 15 or so DEs (vintage and contemporary) and tried many others. Being that I never tried a Parker, I picked up a 92R Heavy TTO on a whim a few months back.
Surprisingly well put together and more on the aggressive side (not really that aggressive but not mild).
I think they had some major QC issues a few years back but may have cleared those up (from posts that I've read). For the $, the 92R is a good deal. I haven't tried any other Parker razors...

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 12-03-2012, 12:30 PM
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Parker products, especially their razors, have had issues with quality control in terms of mechanical tolerances.

I have been "burned" by Parker products early on as well.

Tom (Samjax) went to a store that handled Parker razors. He and the owner went through I think 12 Parker 98R three piece razors to find one or two that the cap and baseplate would align correctly by gap measurement. I have found over time that this success to failure rate is consistent with comments across many forum postings.

Now I have a Parker 98R handle in which I promptly eliminated the head and replaced it with a Cadet OC head which makes a very beautiful and formidable combination.

The complaints are not to create angst. If you are the fortunate few to receive good performance from an unmodified Parker product then be glad and enjoy in good health.

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 12-03-2012, 12:50 PM
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I was just curious to if any experienced wet shavers had the QC issues, as it sounds like some have and maybe I jumped into the wet shave game just after Parker made some attempts to rectify those issues (like 3 years ago)...I do have a 22R (I think the gun metal one that looks like a drill bit) and the silo doors seem alittle weak where there could be potential for alignment issues....this thread was prompted by a thread i read somewhere where there were going to make their heads more mild...thanks for listening

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 12-04-2012, 06:45 AM
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I have 2 Parkers which look fantastic but their quality is shocking. One does not line up the blade and the other is so aggressive it should come with a muzzle. I then picked up a Merkur and it was a different world. Well done if you can get a working Parker.

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 12-04-2012, 06:47 AM
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That seems to be the hard part. Getting a working Parker

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 12-04-2012, 08:01 AM
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  • ben74
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I recall Hans (WegianWarrior) being fond of the 22R:

http://shavenook.com/thread-review-of-th...4#pid26554

I had a TTO, but didn't keep it...

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 12-04-2012, 08:26 AM
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I've had 3 different Parkers and all have been excellent quality and good shavers even if a bit aggressive for me.

An 89r, 91r and 99r all worked well, looked good and gave a really close shave. And all I can say is that from my experience, these are decent razors.

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 12-04-2012, 08:43 AM
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  • Samjax
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The Parker 98R will have a shave very similar to a Trader SB or Slant. Unfortunately, getting a good one, as has been mentioned, is not particularly easy.

It took me 12 different Parker 98s to be able to assemble one that was top quality. Not everyone has that opportunity to personally sort through a batch of them - so I would take a pass and just buy the Slant and be done with it.

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 12-04-2012, 09:08 AM
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(12-04-2012, 08:01 AM)ben74 Wrote: I recall Hans (WegianWarrior) being fond of the 22R:

http://shavenook.com/thread-review-of-th...4#pid26554

I had a TTO, but didn't keep it...

Like it very much - work wonders and takes a beating without noticing. The term 'cold, dead hands' comes to mind as far as giving it up...

Could it be that Parkers TTOs have a higher quality control than their three pieces?

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