The Evolution Of Parker Razors

Parker Evolves

Parker Safety Razor has evolved significantly over the past few years, having “hit its stride” as a double edge (DE) razor manufacturer and becoming a more important player in the traditional shaving community. I quite like my Parker model 92R–in fact it’s in the top 3 of my razor collection (and I have a lot of DE razors).

90R

My first exposure to Parker razors came soon after starting to make my shaving videos. I wanted to have a long-handled razor to help demonstrate DE razor angle and technique, and the look of the Parker 90R seemed to fit the bill. At the time they were mainly available off eBay from the user “Howard1616.” This turned out to be “Howie Woda,” who now runs a more formal business, “Super Safety Razors” and whose company is the distributer for the Parker Safety Razor products in the Americas and Canada. I asked Howie to give me a run-down on Parker and how his business came about.

Parker Safety Razor was formed in 1973. The company is family owned business, owned by the Grover family in India. I work closely with Mr. Deepak Grover who is one of the company’s principals. Deepak and I formed a partnership when we launched Parker Safety Razors in the U.S. by selling the 90R, 60R and 22R models in 2005. Early in 2006 several of the “early wet shaving” web retailers started carrying our Parker 90R model. The number of retailers that carry our offerings has increased steadily and we view them as our partners, not just customers. Many of the best ideas for product improvements, new products, and service come from our retail partners.

In addition to being close friends, Deepak and I work together on company direction, product design and new products. Hardly a day goes by where we do not correspond on our direction and “what next”. We strive to constantly improve our products, reputation and user experience. We will not bring a product to market that we would not use ourselves (and we personally test every product). We both are very proud of our products, our retailers and the service and products we provide. Over the past few years vast improvements and additions have been made to the Parker Safety Razor product line. Here are some of the highlights:

In 2006 we launched our 3 piece model razors. Our 71R, 89R and 91R are the traditional razors that were launched in 2006 and are still popular today. These razors have undergone continuous improvement with new dyes cast and additional weight added over the past years. Some of the razors are actually 30-40% heavier than they were several years back.

In 2009 we launched our Horn Handle Razors. We have horn razors with genuine horn (not faux horn). The first horn handle razors introduced were our 11R and 12R safety razors. Subsequently we have introduced horn razors that are Mach 3 and Fusion Compatible.

Our Butterfly Razor Head (TTO head) was re-engineered in 2010. The butterfly doors were increased almost 2.5 fold in thickness for additional weight in the front of the razor. The additional thickness also makes for a more durable head. The shaving angle was also changed to deliver a less aggressive and smoother shave. The head took almost one year to design and perfect before it was introduced. Additionally some models were bolstered with thicker brass frames. This increased the weight of the razors and improved the balance. Examples include the Parker 22R, 60R and 90R.

In 2009 we introduced Shaving Brushes to the Parker Safety Razor product line. We launched several brushes with various brush knots and handles. We have added several new models over the past year as well.

In 2009, Shavette/Barber Razors were added to the line. The Parker SR1, SRB, and SRW are used now not only by wet shavers who like a straight edge razor with a replaceable blade, but by many barbers as well. The clip style fastener on these razors has been very well accepted. A “push type” razor insert to hold the blade is something we are currently investigating.

In 2010 Shave Soaps were added to the Parker Line.

In 2011 we introduced the Parker 92R which is a heavyweight TTO razor and the Parker 29L “Unisex Razor”. The 29L was geared for women with its’ long handle, but we’ve found many men have purchased it for their own use too. The TTO head on these razors is the Parker “2010” TTO head.

Over the past couple of years, various travel accessories have been introduced in addition to new razor styles. We now offer a full range of leather cases and travel bags that will protect your razors, brushes (and fingers).

The Parker 3 piece head is currently being re-engineered with a launch expected in 2012. The prototype head is less aggressive than our current 3 piece head. Our initial feedback is that the resulting shave is very smooth and comfortable.

92R

It’s clear that Parker has made some significant investments in the wet shaving arena. Within the past few years I think they have made large strides in not only improving the quality control of their existing razors but also their newer designs and engineering as well.

Have you purchased a Parker product recently? What do you think of it?  Leave a comment below!

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also known as "Mantic59." Shave tutor and sharpologist.


Comments

  1. After 43 years of shaving with only a cartridge system, I purchased a Parker 98R this week. My first shave had a few nicks but nothing horrible. Today was my third shave and it was great. Calculating over 16,000 times I’ve grumbled as I endured the daily duty of scraping my face, I told my wife I’m actually disappointed I can only use my Parker 98R once a day. I would never have thought I would actually enjoy shaving. Thanks for all the videos and blog info. I may be an older dog but I really enjoy knowing this old/new trick..

  2. WILLIAM KENNARD says:

    IS PARKER GOING TO COME OUT WITH A ADJUSTABLE SAFETY RAZOR

  3. Should’ve known to come here when looking for advice on the 92R! I was considering buying one for my son’s first razor due to the TTO, which decreases exposure to setting blades… you know, I was thinking like a “dad.” Lol

    Glad to read that the quality has improved and that this should be a fine choice for my young man’s first razor. Thank you for your detailed reviews and background information on this company. I’ll probably pick up a 92R for myself for head shaving and I’d been looking at purchasing a TTO for the wife as well, so I’d say that’s a done deal now too.

  4. I have a very tough beard I tried a DE many years ago. After some reading and googling I decide to to try it again I bought the 99R Parker has done wonders with the DE I was very skeptical about trying one but I am amazed at the quality of the shave best shave I have had in years. And not paying 5 bucks for a razor that I only get two uses out of doesn’t hurt either. You have made a convert out of me.
    Thanks again

  5. I’ve been shaving with a Parker 96r for about two weeks. Today, while paying extra attention to my angles, I noticed that one side feels more aggressive than the other. Upon inspection, it does indeed look like one side offers more blade exposure than the other. Do you know if this is by design? Or perhaps it’s the result of an unfortunate drop?

    • Blade exposure should be the same on both sides. Try removing and re-inserting the blade to be sure it’s mounted correctly.

      • Glen Riddle says:

        I bought a Parker 96r about a month and half ago. I to had a problem with the alignment of the blade. One side being more aggressive than the other side. At first I just marked the milder side of the razor and used it on that side until it started getting dull and then take out the blade and turn it around and use it again. Then I thoght about it and decided to see if I could fix that problem. I checked the center blade guide and it wiggled so I put the blade in and pulled on it to the milder side and closed the butterfly and walla it lined up. This may not fix all the alignment problem’s but it did so on mine. I hope this help’s some of the user’s out there. I have been shaving for over 50 years now and most of that is with DE Razor’s , mostly Gillette Tech . Thank’s

  6. Has anyone tried the Parker travel razor? It looks perfect for traveling since it breaks down real small….but I am curious about the quality of the shave. I have seen mixed reviews, was curious about your thoughts.

  7. I’m just getting into wet shaving, and actually happened to get my first Parker shavette today. My brother has an early model from a few years ago, it’s shaped like the SR1, but has some Arabic script on it, whereas my new SR1 is a bit heavier.

    Sorry, I just thought this was as interesting as your article.

  8. Very good article. Interesting things in there. I’m just getting started into wet shaving. I just bought a Gillette Slim Adjustable at an antique store, but I was looking at the Parker 92R before I bought the vintage razor. I still might get the Parker, but my wife is already giving me a hard time (playfully) about getting into wet shaving. She asking where/when the savings comes into play. LOL…

  9. I have purchased a 99R – Long Handle Super Heavyweight (Butterfly). I really like it. It’s weight is ideal for me and it is not too aggressive. I would recommend it to anybody.

  10. Krishna says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the writeup!! I just bought a Gillette razor and I am hooked onto safety razors and want to go one step up :). Do you know where I can get a Parker safety razor in Bangalore?

    Thank you!

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