- Easy TTO DE razor
- Very mild for a butterfly open Parker
- Not the best grip
- The headpiece opens during shave due to the TTO knob placement
Hello shavers, welcome to another PrimandPrep safety razor review article. This particular article will be a Parker 90R review. Lately I have really been enjoying shaving with my wide variety of Parker safety razors. For some reason approximately 10 years ago, this manufacturer was getting a bad rap for their safety razors, but in all honesty I think they make a top-quality product that is worthy of competing with any of the top name brands out there. They also have a variety of other great products as well. They have made our list for best safety razor, best shaving brushes, and best shaving bowl. This particular safety razor is a twist to open (otherwise known as butterfly open) safety razor that is chrome plated. Let’s jump right into my Parker 90R safety razor review so that you could see what I have discovered about it.
Weight and Balance
The Parker 90R weighs in at 2.5 ounces. This is slightly lighter than the majority of my other Parker safety razors. I noticed that the safety razor is slightly top-heavy which is not really a problem for me because I can still find a good place to balance the razor due to my particular hand size. I could see people having slight problems because the grip for the safety razor kind of dictates where you should hold the razor.
This is probably one of the biggest things that the safety razor is lacking. The handle can be broken down into two separate parts. The bottom two thirds of the handle is used as the knob to unscrew the butterfly hinge in the headpiece. The upper one third of the handle is solid and does not move. On both the top part of the handle as well as the bottom there are several horizontal grooves. While these grooves do provide some grip, I feel that they should have made little bit deeper or made more grooves in order to improve the grip overall. You should not have too much trouble as long as you’re careful, but if you have very wet and soapy hands keep an eye out.
The Parker 90R measures in at 4.25 inches long. This is a pretty standard length put out by this Indian manufacturer. I very rarely see Parker safety razors over 4.25 inches or under 3.75 inches. Any larger and people with small hands would have a difficult time. And any smaller some people with large hands might find it uncomfortable. I think they did a great job because this length range is perfect for the majority of individuals.
In my opinion this is one of the least aggressive butterfly open safety razors that is put out by Parker. I would give it a 5/10 on my aggressiveness scale. Most twist to open Parker’s are above a six on my rating scale.
Just like any other twist to open or butterfly open safety razor, removing old blades and putting new ones in is a breeze. The opening mechanism is very smooth while closing as well as opening the headpiece. The only problem I have is that while you are shaving, its easy to accidentally loosen the headpiece. This is because two thirds of the handle act as the knob. Half of your hand is resting on the immovable upper part of the handle, while the other is on the knob. This creates unwanted loosening which you need to correct mid-shave before the blade gets to loose. This can be a hassle especially if your hands are wet on this slippery grip. Be sure to check out our article on the best safety razor blades on the market today!
Parker 90R Review Conclusion
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The Parker 90R is a very well constructed butterfly open safety razor like the majority of the Parker products. It is a little bit lighter than I like for a safety razor but it has a good length and will provide a close shave. The downfalls are that the grip is not the best and the headpiece can get loose and as you are shaving if you are not careful. It is a mildly aggressive safety razor that could be used by a beginner with very little practice. Let me know what you guys thought of my Parker 90R review! If it was helpful to you please share it with your friends on social media using one of the buttons on the side. 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. Otherwise have a great day and keep on shaving!
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