Parker Safety Razor

The Parker safety razors, made in India, are considerably less expensive than the Merkur razors and come in a variety of styles.

Most of the reviews of the Parker razors are positive. One user said after using the Parker double edge safety razor he'd thrown his Mach 3 razor and all of the cartridges with it straight into the trash. The fit and finish of the Parker is not up to Merkur quality, but is a worthy razor nonetheless, especially for those testing the waters of wet shaving.

There are quite a few options when considering a Parker safety razor. Here I've listed some of the more popular Parkers with average price and a few comments about each. Please note that prices are constantly changing and models come and go so please feel free to email if you see a price or model out of date. So without further ado, here's the Parker safety razor roundup.

Note that these are not adjustable safety razor models. Included here as they offer a nice alternative and are getting generally good reviews.

The Parker 91R Super Heavyweight Double Edge Razor
  • Price: ~$27
  • Length: 4 inches
  • Weight: 5 ounces
  • Bottom line: A newer model from Parker, this razor has a traditional three-piece design. Non-slip handle and heavy feel for a close shave. Some models include extra blades. Reviews here were generally good. Most were pleasantly surprised at the closeness of the shave. Angle of approach is important with the non-adjustable safety razor because the angle of the blade can't be changed with a twist knob like the Merkur and Gillette adjustables.
The Parker 60R Double Edge Safety Razor
  • Price: ~$25 (out of stock at some retailers)
  • Length: 4 inches
  • Weight: 3 ounces
  • Bottom line: The 60R has a TTO (twist to open) butterfly design like the 22R but with redesigned head and heavy duty doors. Nickel plated with a brass frame. This model is a little lighter than the 91R and 22R. This is a newer model so reviews are few. One complained about the TTO mechanism didn't work perfectly. But most of the reviews for this model were quite positive.
The Parker 22R Double Edge Butterfly Safety Razor
  • Price: ~$25 (out of stock at some retailers)
  • Length: 4 inches
  • Weight: 5 ounces
  • Bottom line: A great little razor that will do the job. Reviews on this item are generally positive. The 22R has a classic TTO (twist to open) design. When you twist the handle, the top opens up like a butterfly so you can easily clean, remove and replace blades. The handle is 4 inches long, a full inch longer than the old-style 3 inch handle DE razors of old. This razor is solid and has a good weight and feel.