06-04-2012, 07:19 AM
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Anyone ever hear of parker safety razorsHuh

With so many brands out now I wonder what will happen to Parker as I do not hear much about them anymore on the boards.

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 06-04-2012, 07:56 AM
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My brother uses a Parker TTO. He had no quibbles about it.

The quality isn't 100% from when I had a look at it but for how much it cost him it wasn't too bad.

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 06-04-2012, 08:03 AM
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I have the Parker 89r razor with a Nickle finish. It has been a great razor for me since I first purchased it in 2008. Some people have complained about quality control issues, but I have never had any issue with mine. I still use it as part of my rotation and it provides a great shave.

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 06-04-2012, 08:13 AM
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Have had them in the past. I feel they are abit aggressive but had no problem with the quality. Mine worked well, just more razor than I care to use these days

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 06-04-2012, 08:20 AM
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  • slantman
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  • Central Florida
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A lot of Parkers are sold on eBay and in particular the US distributor Howie has his own store and only sells Parkers. The quality over the last couple of years has improved greatly and more models have been added on a regular basis. My only problem is the head which is the same no matter which razor you buy and I am referring to the three piece models. But they are good razors for the money.

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 06-04-2012, 09:09 AM
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Yes, Parkers are widely available, and although not mentioned much on some of the forums, they are a fairly well-known DE razor company, out of India. The quality of their razors have increased over the last few years, and gaining in popularity of many DE users. The TTO's are pretty nice shavers, and their 3-piece razors do shave a bit on the agressive side. For the 3-piece ones, you'll need to adjust your shaving angle a bit to compensate for its agressiveness. But, once you have their angle worked out, it should give a wonderfully close and smooth shave.

Parker's brushes are also a fairly good value.

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 06-04-2012, 11:07 AM
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I just love my Parker 22R TTO - the phrase "cold, dead hands" come to mind Biggrin

Parker seems to have some trouble with lingering rumours of lacking QC - however I have no trouble recommending their TTOs to new and experienced shavers alike.

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 06-04-2012, 11:13 AM
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  • slantman
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(06-04-2012, 11:07 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:  I just love my Parker 22R TTO - the phrase "cold, dead hands" come to mind Biggrin

Parker seems to have some trouble with lingering rumours of lacking QC - however I have no trouble recommending their TTOs to new and experienced shavers alike.

The Parker R22 has always been considered their best. They improved this razor several years ago by adding weight to it. A very nice razor.

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 06-04-2012, 12:37 PM
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I've bought a couple of Parkers because of the unique handles - 45R and 14R. Both handles have minor imperfections. I trashed one of the heads because the blade gap was very uneven. The other head is good and slightly more aggressive than the Merkur heads.

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 06-04-2012, 05:02 PM
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I Just find some models to be cheese graters. Otherwise I agree with you guys they are not bad for the money.

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 06-04-2012, 05:05 PM
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  • uncledave
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  • Kentucky, USA
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(06-04-2012, 07:19 AM)Shave a Buck Wrote:  Anyone ever hear of parker safety razorsHuh

With so many brands out now I wonder what will happen to Parker as I do not hear much about them anymore on the boards.

I can only speak from my experience with a Parker 40+ years ago. I didn't like it at all. They may be a lot better now. I hope so anyway. I'd do a lot of research before I spent money for one. Hope this helps.

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 06-04-2012, 05:30 PM
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I started out with a 22R...haven't used it for almost a year...just kind of sits in my holder taking up space...currently thinking about moving it to storage and replacing it with my new krona.

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 06-05-2012, 03:13 AM
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  • R0B
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Parker isn't well known in The Netherlands. It hasn't got a good name by those who know the Parker brand. Perhaps unfairly, I don't know. Have no experience with Parker razors myself.

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 06-05-2012, 07:38 PM
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(06-04-2012, 05:08 PM)Dave Wrote:  The 99R was a cheese grater to me. That was one that I had one shave with and sold it immediately.

Dave;
I found this to be true when I first shaved with the 99R. When I finally figured out its blade angle nuances, it shaves wonderfully. Each razor has its own 'sweet spot', as I'm sure you already know. Had I had not taken the effort to learn to find the 99R's sweet spot, I too would have passed it away.

My Parker rep has informed me that Parker is currently re-designing the head on all their 3-piece razor heads, to make it slightly more mild of a shaver, and one that a newbie would be able to use right out of the box. I don't know for certain when the design aspects will be done, but am certainly looking forward to their new head design.

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 06-06-2012, 04:43 AM
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  • TexBilly
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I had two Parkers a few years back and sold them not for their shave but for their build quality. Wonder if that's improved enough to give them another try...

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 06-06-2012, 02:09 PM
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My Parker 89r was the my first DE razor when I bought it back in 2008. I was not sure if DE shaving would be for me so I did not want to spend to much money. The first shave was great and I never looked back. Many have said it is an aggressive razor, but being my first razor I just thought they all shaved this way. Now I am glade I started with a razor that was considered to be aggressive by many. I was quick to learn proper technique with this razor. Since then I have added a 1938 Gillette Fat Handle Tech which was very mild compared to the Parker, but I love it and most recently I have added a Muhle 102 Razor that has the same head as the New R41 razor so it is very aggressive. After spending a month shaving with it, the Parker does not seem to be aggressive at all. When I use the Parker now I just speed through without a care. It feels like a very mild razor to me now as compared to the 102.

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 06-06-2012, 03:26 PM
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  • Harvey
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I have 5 TTO,s and 3x 3piece and they are good razors..no issues. The 2 most recent are the 22R and the 92R which are the newest and honestly as fussy as I am I have no issues..they shave good and look terrific and considering the cost factor $25 to $35 what is not to like ..but each to their own I guess..if it turns out you don,t like the shave just use the handles on the 3 piece..very well made and nice designs...big variety to choose from.

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 06-06-2012, 04:34 PM
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They don't get talked about much... for me, in the past, the quality wasn't the greatest... lately I hear it's improved, but Howie sells lots of the them, especially on amazon... trust me, he's doing ok!

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 06-06-2012, 04:50 PM
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Here's some great, new information about Parker razors, just sent to me from Mark over at Sharpologist:

Evolution of Parker Razors

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 06-07-2012, 08:11 PM
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  • celestino
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  • Vancouver, BC
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Heard of them, but never tried them.

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