Rockwell Razors has just announced the launch of their newest adjustable razor, the Rockwell T2. Here’s the low-down.
From the Rockwell website:
- Smooth and easy twist-to-open blade-loading.
- Fluidly adjustable shave settings to suit your skin type and facial hair length – just twist the dial for your perfect shave.
- Strengthened internal assembly making it the most durable and damage-resistant than any Rockwell razor.
- Perfectly weighted and balanced through unparalleled craftsmanship for intuitive handling and effortless glide.
- Eliminates the skin irritation and razor bumps caused by multi-blade cartridge systems
- An aesthetically appealing, performance guaranteed, ultimate safety razor
Razor Weight: 103 grams (about 3.6 oz)
Razor Length: 95mm (3.74 inches)
Handle Length: 89mm (3.5 inches)
Available finish: White Chrome, Gunmetal Chrome, Brushed Chrome
My Experience With The Rockwell T2 Adjustable Razor
Note: I was involved with testing some of the prototypes of this razor. Rockwell supplied me with a pre-launch sample at no cost so this article could be ready by the launch date. My comments here are my own opinions and have been neither reviewed nor approved by Rockwell.
While the Rockwell T2 adjustable razor looks similar to the original Model T, there have definitely been some changes “under the hood” (you can read their blog post to get more of a feel for the evolution of the razor). Most notable is a redesign of the twist-to-open (TTO) head:
- Raise and strengthen the T-Bar
- Strengthen the “Clamshell”
- Make the base “Thrust Plate” thicker
These changes were undoubtedly made to address the TTO action issues that some users reported in the original Model T (I never experienced a huge issue with it myself though). The head of the T2, like the original T, is rather large–about the size of another adjustable razor, the Merkur Futur.
T2 (Left) vs. Futur (Right)
Speaking of the TTO action, most TTO’s need perhaps an additional quarter-turn on the open/close dial to “cinch down” after closing over a blade. The T2 goes almost two full turns to cinch down completely. Like the original Model T, the T2’s TTO dial action is very smooth and fluid-like.
Another important change to to the T2 is the adjustment “window.” The original T adjustment range was biased quite high for me (I prefer “mild” razors. YMMV). I am able to dial the T2 down to noticeably milder setting–a welcome change!
So how’s my shave experience with the Rockwell T2 adjustable razor?
I think the razor feels well-built and hefty–good weight (albeit near the upper end of what I want as a comfortable weight) and balance. I find the handle length and texturing very good…I doubt this razor will ever easily slip through my fingers.
The adjustment dial is a bit tight for me to adjust with wet fingers, so adjusting a shave setting “on the fly” isn’t quite as convenient as some other adjustable razors, but certainly do-able. I generally keep the setting between “2” and “3” on the T2 (compared to “1” to “2” on the original) for my shaves.
There is a fair amount of blade feel from the razor, though not as much as the original Model T.
As I mentioned earlier the head is on the larger side, which can make getting into tight spots (like under the nose) more of a challenge. But if you would be comfortable using a Merkur Futur razor you wouldn’t have any trouble with a Rockwell T2.
One very noticeable aspect of the Rockwell T2 razor is the water flow-through in the head–it’s easily the “runniest” head of all the razors in my den…and I own 100+ razors. While shaving, rinsing the razor’s head in the sink after clearing a section of stubble results in a miniature waterfall from the razor back into the basin. I doubt anyone will have any trouble with this razor clogging!
Generally-speaking I like adjustable razors and the Rockwell T2 is no exception. Bottom line is I’m getting “baby’s butt” level shaves without irritation from the T2.
Note: Sharpologist is a Rockwell affiliate.
Like many “evolutionary” shave products, the Rockwell T2 adjustable razor addresses the concerns some shavers had with the design and usage of the previous generation. It also shows Rockwell’s continued commitment to refining their product line. Rockwell says the T2 is currently only available on the Rockwell website but they are happy to offer a 10% discount code for the T2 exclusively to Sharpologist readers. Use code T2OFFER at checkout (affiliate link).