NEW!! Parker 78r safety razor
NEW!! Parker 78r Safety Razor. This brand new design delivers an incredibly close and comfortable shave.
For nearly half a century, Parker Safety Razors have been some of the highest quality grooming supplies on the market. Their products are handcrafted and go through great engineering and quality tests. Parker Safety Razor is a family-owned business committed to provide the best quality possible.
The new 78r Safety Razor has a 3 piece razor head which is designed to reduce risk of cuts due to the precision of the blade angle. The three pieces of this razor disassemble into separate pieces for blade alignment. All pieces of the 78r are designed to last years. To ensure this, read our blog about how to take care of your razor. The 78r features a textured handle which provides a good grip for wet soapy handles.
For a beginner safety razor user, this is a great choice. It will get you used to being able to use a safety razor well until you are comfortable using a more difficult razor. As well as being a great choice for beginners, this razor is great for someone who is a safety razor pro. Due to its reduction of cutting, you can feel a little more comfortable shaving and not be as worried about cutting your face. Especially on an important day, you don't want cuts all over your face!
"Talk about smooth shaving, i'm loving the new parker 78r. It gives you a smooth clean shave and it is better for your skin, with less irritation than you may get with cartridge razors. This new razor had a superior textured handle for extra grip with wet hands and head design that gives you the ultimate protection for your fingers touching the short edge of the blade and a really great shave”
“I've shaved my legs a bunch of times with this new razor and I've been extremely pleased. I was able to shave effortlessly without getting any nicks… I almost didn't feel like I was shaving with a safety razor, it was that easy. My skin was completely smooth with no irritation.”
My Experience With The Parker 78R
Out of the box the 78R looks a little slim, but nice. There are three plating options–Chrome, Satin Chrome, and Graphite (I got the Graphite version). It is definitely not one of Parker’s “heavy duty” razors, coming in at a svelte 2.9 ounces. Some of the other Parker three piece razors weigh about the same, though their “heavyweight” twist-to-open razors hit 4+ ounces.
The “fit and finish” of my razor is quite good–better than I expected in fact, given the “value” pricing of the razor.
Many will notice that the 78R’s handle is fairly “skinny” with a diameter smaller than many other safety razors. However in practice I did not experience any problems with the smaller diameter: the handle’s deep texturing more than makes up for any shortfall. Personally I prefer a handle with a larger diameter but I found the grip and handling characteristics of the razor quite secure.
The head of the 78R razor is a new design for Parker–it is not the same as Parker’s other three piece heads. The scalloping of the head’s skin guard bar is also slightly different. This head fully covers the tabs of the typical double edge blade.
Parker tells me that the engineering/design of the head is slightly less aggressive than their other three piece heads (more on that in a moment).
Let’s talk more about the Parker 78R’s “aggressiveness.” Geofatboy’s video above gives it a “6 out of 10” for aggressiveness, or a little more than baseline.
I do not agree with that. I prefer “mild” razors and I think the 78R feels noticeably milder than Parker’s other three piece razors. However, I wonder if that is partly because there is a little less “blade feel” than the other Parker three pieces (it’s still there, but less). On the other hand I get a pretty easy three-pass “BBS” shave out of it!
The Parker 78R three piece safety razor is another fine example of Parker’s “value” philosophy.
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