I bought this razor on the recommendation of a friend of mine. I have no complaints with the razors I have now but I thought it would be nice to add one more to my rotation. The TTO Gillette I have now is 50 years old and needs to be adjusted and refurbished. The rest of my Gillette's are just your standard run of the mill razors from the 50's and 60's. All are in good working order. When I received the 99R, I was really impressed with the looks, heft, and feel of the razor. It went into rotation the next week. The first thing I did cut the **** out of my face. Humm....my fault. It's a new razor and I just have to make it work for me. Finally got the angle right after a couple of days and it started working ok. By 'ok' I mean I was still nicking myself and couldn't figure out why. It went out of rotation for a month, and I just started using it again. Same thing. Nicks and razor burn. Then I saw it. The butterfly doors won't stay shut. Take about three passes, the doors loosen up and the blade does what it wants. No matter how hard I tighten the knob, it will still come loose. I checked it against the Gillette TTO and noticed the the Gillette will tighten up and then will just slightly 'cam over' locking the blade in place. The Parker doesn't do that. It won't stay locked. Granted, this razor didn't cost that much, but if this is an example of modern day workmanship, I'll stick with my older razors. The Gillette TTO that needs to be adjusted, works better than the 99R. Not only is the razor out of rotation, it's also going to be out of my house. I'll give it to my friend if he wants it, or it's in the trash. Thanks for nothing, Parker!
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This is a nice, hefty razor with good looks. And it shaves well.
getting back into shaving (wet shaving if you wish) with safety razors is for me after 20 years or so with cartridges etc. is a slow learning process. (but enjoyable). This razor for me was another step of convenience when it comes to changing blades and gave me the added comfort of knowing that my razor head won't come unscrewed and slice my face before I realize it isn't tight. A fun journey, but 1 baby step at a time. Enjoyed getting some bay rum reminded me of my first haircuts when the barbers would shave your neck with a straight razor and then splash it on before they dusted you with the brush
I am really pleased with my new parker razor. I am in my 50s and started shaving with a double edged safety razor and now I have come full circle back to a double edged safety razor. It feels great to have a nice clean shave. I like the butterfly head on the parker and the long handle. Thanks west coast shaving for making great shaving products available.
Fairly Aggressive, Sturdy Razor
This is my third razor, so I was looking for something a step-up from a mild shave, but not overly aggressive. Everybody's beard is different, but I got several significant nicks each of the four times I used this razor. Be sure you want an aggressive shave before purchasing since Westcoast Shaving customer service basically told me to "stick it" when I asked for an even exchange, several hundred dollars spent this year with them.