- pass shave
A good choice in adjustable razors.
Solid, substantial, keeps its adjustment during the shave, and no plastic parts. Easy to grip securely. I like it a lot. It came accurately calibrated. At the #1 position the Variant provides me a very smooth and close 2 pass shave. I found the #2 position aggressive. The blood kept washing the lather off (just kidding), but approach the higher levels with caution.
Love the razor, adjusts easily and has a wide range of adjustability. Smooth and nonirrating shaves.
I've been happy using double edge safety razors for about 7 years. And I like trying a new razor now and then. Nothing I have owned, not Jaggers or Merkurs (even Merkur adjustable), beats, or even equals this Parker adjustable. There is just no contest.
I've been shaving with safety razors for 50+ years...nothing else can compare to a good safety razor...I used the same Gillette Adjustable for 46 years before it finally wore out. The Parker Variant felt comfortable in my hand right from the start...nice weight...nice length...nice grip...nice balance. My first shave couldn't have been better...smooth and comfortable. I've always used Wilkinson Sword blades, and they seem perfect in this razor. My only complaint about this razor is the adjustment knob. It works well, but was calibrated without a blade, so what should be the '1' setting is the '4' setting when the blade is in place.
Ultimately, my face is the happy winner!
I received, as a gift to myself, my new Parker Adjustable Razor. It arrived on time, undamaged, and in a very nice keepsake display box. Initially, it felt very heavy but after the first full shave and use it did not take me long to adjust to its comfortable heft and feel. I started at #1 setting and ended up settling for the #2 as the most comfortable. The resultant finished shave left my face feeling very smooth, clean, and refreshed. I would certainly recommend this particular razor to any and all shavers.