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Parker Variant Adjustable Razor, Satin Chrome

23 reviews
  • adjustable double edge safety razor
  • 2-piece, chrome-plated
  • knob on handle allows you to change from mild to aggressive

Released to rave reviews, this Parker Variant Adjustable Safety Razor might be your new favorite, too. For over forty years, Parker has been crafting razors and wet shaving accessories with an eye toward quality and a commitment to customer satisfaction. To that end, they have an extensive line of safety razors to meet or exceed your expectations. But this adjustable option might just meet all your hopes and dreams in one gleaming package.

All brass-construction with chrome-plating gives this utensil a nice weight. The 3.5 inch handle is a nice length with a great non-slip knurling. (Slippery-handed shavers rejoice!). The two-piece design allows for easy blade changes. Just ensure that you match the mark on the cover and the base plate so that the adjustment part of the razor is calibrated correctly. Be sure not to over-tighten!

And speaking of adjustment- this wonderful tool allows you to "dial in" the perfect shave. The knob on the bottom of the handle can be turned to adjust the spacing on the blade for a mild to aggressive shave. 1 is the mildest setting while 5 gives you an aggressive option. It is always best to start on the mildest setting and move up from there as you get used to the razor. Great for beginners to experts alike. You can accommodate all kinds of differences from facial hair thickness to skin sensitivity to experience level. This razor comes in this stunning satin chrome or elegant black.


  • Weight: 4oz/110g
  • Length: 4in
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4.5 Based on 23 Reviews
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Tim B.
United States United States
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Looking forward to shaving!

I'm enjoying my new DE razor. I look forward to shaving.

Charles H.
United States United States
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The variant was purchased as a gift to my father after he inquired about my shave. He loves it. I like being able to make slight adjustments, depending on the blade I’m using, and how long my beard is. The razor is well made, has a nice weight, As far as value? Blades are cheap, soap is overpriced ( make your own, it’s easy) the variant is a little more than I wanted to spend, but I’m sure glad I got it.

Aaron G.
United States United States
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Not for beginners, but great with practice

Bought the Parker after a few years of using a Merkur 23C long handle. The Merkur is a great 3pc razor, but over time I found it to be too mild for my taste when it came to mowing down really coarse growth after 3-4 days. It would require multiple passes and I could never get a perfectly glassy smooth shave, even with Feather blades. Though a very comfortable shave, there just wasn't enough blade exposure/angle to make it the most efficient, effective shaver for me and my wiry scruff. For people with lighter beards, I'd highly recommend the above set-up as a great option. I bought the Parker variant with the pink gold handle and it's a totally different beast. This thing is weighty and AGGRESSIVE. The blade is way more exposed even on the lowest setting compared to the Merkur, and the angle on it will have the blade running much flatter against your face. The feeling is more akin to a barber's shavette. Feather blades are now too sharp for me with this set up, so I switched to Wilkinsons. After some experimentation with it, I adjust the knob on the bottom to 2.5 for the first downward pass letting the razor's weight do all the work, re-lather and then use the least aggressive setting for a second upward pass against the grain using a very light touch. No need for a third pass, and barely any touching up is required. For me it's the best shave. I can't imagine anybody needing the most exposed settings this razor allows, but experiences are personal. My preferred combo is: hot shower, Prorasso Red pre-shave, warm lather with Prorasso Red, Parker Variant with a Wilkinson Sword blade, cold rinse, and Nivea post-shave balm to calm any redness. Perfect every time.

Rand M.
United States United States
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A Working Razor

This is a heavy razor and as long as you let it’s weight do the work you will enjoy an outstanding shave. Start on 1 as the instructions recommend and work your way up. This razor also gives you excellent audio feedback. The only minuscule criticism I have is that it gets particularly hot running it under hot water. I like this razor a lot.

Ken S.
United States United States
Very nice razor

I have only used a Merkur 34C and random straight razor previously. I loved the 34C and honestly saw no reason to try anything else. I recently watched saw shave channel reviews of adjustables and considered two; the Merkur Progress and the Parker Variant. I leaned heavily toward the Progress initially due to brand loyalty. But after researching the two further, I decided to try the Variant strictly due to the knurled handle and the assumed better wet handling grip. The Parker Variant has been a superb buy to date. I love the overall feel of the thing; the weight, the balance. It goes right to “zero” every time. I always had to fuss with my 34C to get the blade to align properly. Not the case so far with the Variant; nice and even. I am very pleased with this purchase.