- TTO safety razor
- Good Price Point
- Poor Grip
- Not the best balance
- I am not a big fan of the overall look
Hey guys and welcome to PrimandPrep.com! Today I will be doing another Parker safety razor review for you guys. The victim of today’s review is the Parker 22R. Overall, Parker safety razors tend to be a little bit more on the aggressive side. Parker also has a good amount of butterfly open style safety razors in their lineup. The 22R is a butterfly open, brass frame and dark chrome coated safety razor that is all metal. Parker one of the great shaving companies. Two of their razors made our exclusive list of the best safety razors and they even made our list for the best shaving brushes and best shaving bowls. Let’s jump right into the Parker 22R review so you can find out if it is the right safety razor for you.
Weight and Balance
The Parker 22R weighs in at exactly 3.0 ounces. This is a decent weight for the safety razor, but in all honesty it does not feel that heavy or sturdy in my hands. The biggest flaw about the safety razor is probably the balance. In my experience is very handle heavy which requires me to use additional pressure while shaving in order to get a baby but smooth shave. The weight of the razor should do all the work for you in an ideal situation, but with the safety razor I felt like I needed to add a little muscle which is something that you don’t want.
The grip is also something that is lacking on the safety razor. The only grip on the handle are these thick grooves that spiral down the handle from the top to the bottom. Although I have never had this safety razor slip out on me, I could see how easily could. You need to be careful while using the safety razor especially if your hands are wet.
The Parker 22R comes in at 4.25 inches from head to toe. This is a good length for safety razor for me because my hands are larger than most. If you have extremely small hands you might have some problems maneuvering it from one hand position to the next especially with its lackluster grip. If you have average size hints you should not have a problem with using a safety razor unless it is longer than 4.5 inches long.
Overall the Parker 22R is a fairly aggressive safety razor. In my experience the majority of Parker safety razors, as well as butterfly open safety razors tend the a little bit more aggressive than two or three-piece safety razors. I would rate this safety razor a 7/10 on my aggressiveness scale. It is not recommended for beginner and you need to be very careful while shaving. You can get a close shave if you have good technique, a good amount of lather and the proper blade.
Like all other twist to open or butterfly open safety razors, it is extremely easy to replace old blades with new ones. The opening and closing mechanism seems to work just fine. The biggest problem is that when it is fully tightened my blade does not seem fully secure and tends to get out of alignment while I am shaving which is a hassle for me. Be sure to check out our article on the best safety razor blades on the market today!
Parker 22R Review Conclusion
Overall this is a very budget safety razor. It will run you approximately $28 on Amazon.com which is similar to all the other Parker safety razors. But in my opinion there are better Parker’s out there if you wish to purchase one. This Parker is definitely on the aggressive side and I cannot recommend it for beginner. You can get a very close shave if you have good wet shaving experience and have decent technique. The biggest problem is that you need to have a little bit of muscle into your shave because it does not seem to have the best balance. I hope you guys liked my Parker 22R review! Leave a comment down below if this was helpful for you and please share it on social media if you want to tell your friends about it. Also, don’t forget the importance of having a quality shaving soap or shaving cream to achieve that desired lather and quality baby butt smooth shave. Happy shaving!
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