- Cool Black Theme
- Great Grip
- TTO mechanism is smooth and easy
- I wish there was a knob at the end of the handle
- A little to aggressive for a beginner
- The black handle is harder to clean than most
Hey readers of PrimandPrep.com! Welcome to my Parker 96R review. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of Parker safety razor reviews because I have been shaving with them a lot. 10 years ago or so I was not incredibly impressed with their safety razors but a lot has changed since then. I feel like the quality of craftsmanship has definitely increased, while there price point has remained one of the lowest. This has encouraged me to rethink my point of view so I have been going shaving crazy with Parker razors! Today I will be talking about the 96R which is a twist to open safety razor that has a nice black handle. Let’s jump right into my Parker 96R review so you could see what this thing is capable of. Also be sure to check out how this Parker stacks up against the rest in our best safety razor article.
Weight and Balance
The Parker 96R weighs in at exactly 2.3 ounces. This is on the lighter side compared to the majority of their safety razors. It is also a little bit lighter than I personally like in a safety razor. It has a decent balance point but it is not as good as some of their other safety razors. I feel this way particularly about their three-piece safety razors. I feel like it is easier to get the balance point perfect on it three-piece because you can distribute the weight a lot easier compared to a twist to open razor due to all of the moving parts within the handle and headpiece. I felt like the weight was a little bit off while transitioning from one shaving hand position to another.
The grip is one of the stronger points on the Parker 96R safety razor. It has a black textured handle that is similar to their 26C model except for the fact that it has a horizontal metal strip halfway down the handle that separates two different sections of the black handle. Overall, I think that the grip is fantastic. The only thing that I wish it had was a knob at the end like the majority of other safety razors. I like something that protrudes at the end of the handle to not only let you know where the end of the handle is, but it also adds additional grip as well as something to catch onto if the safety razor slips.
The Parker 96R comes in at exactly 4.0 inches. If you have read some of my other Parker safety razor reviews you will learn that they really like to make their safety razors approximately 4 inches long. I think this is a great length for most people in most instances as well. It is a great middle ground.
Typically, twist to open safety razors seem more aggressive to me. This is particularly true with Parker butterfly open safety razors that I own. While this is not the most aggressive twist to open from Parker, it is still fairly aggressive. I rate it a 7/10 on my aggressiveness scale. This is fairly aggressive and I do not recommend anyone that is just starting out with wet shaving, start on a safety razor this aggressive. It is great for individuals with full facial hair that need something more aggressive to cut through it. I also would not recommend using the sharpest blades(such as feather) with this safety razor.
This safety razor is a butterfly open so it does not get any easier than this. Still, make sure that you hold the sides of the blade as you are taking out old blades and putting new ones back in. The opening mechanism was very smooth while both opening and closing. The blade also sits nicely in the headpiece and does not move around unlike some other twist to open Parker’s that I own. Be sure to check out our article on the best safety razor blades on the market today!
Parker 96R Review Conclusion
This is a nice-looking safety razor that has good construction for a twist to open. It has a nice black handle with fantastic grip. It is a little bit harder to clean than chrome safety razors, but if you like the black theme is well worth it. It is more aggressive than I typically recommend for shavers that are new to the art of classic shaving. If you have a thick or stubble it might be a great safety razor for you because it will cut through your hairs with ease. Let me know what you guys thought of my Parker 96R review! Please share this using one of the social media buttons on the side or leave me a comment down below to let me know what you think. Also be sure to check out our definitive lists of the best shaving soaps, shaving creams for men, shaving brushes, and even shaving bowls so you can have the ultimate kit. Keep up with the killer shaves!
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Ben Rose is the founder and senior editor at Prim&Prep, the definitive guide to male grooming. He is a wet shaving expert, body grooming aficionado, and skincare guru. His work has been featured on many other prominent men’s publications including AskMen, Men’s Health, and GQ.