Author: Dan at The Shaving Shack This really is top of the range Parker where they've clearly taken a bit more time and effort in every department with this razor - Merkur watch out! It's pretty much a slightly longer, roughly the same weight version of the Merkur 38C. What this means is that you'll get the same quality and performance but at a lower cost.
Author: Adam Bentley Having found that the replacement blades for my Philips electric razor were going to cost more than the razor itself I decided it was time for a change.
When I started shaving it was with Gillettes but was put off by the cost of replacement cartridges, and the fact that it seemed every time I needed new ones they weren't being stocked anymore so I had to buy a new handle as well. Being a Yorkshire man this strain on my pocket was too much, hence the change to electric.
After much research it was clear that DE was the way to go cheaper blades that may last longer and perhaps an end to the dreaded shaving rash. Unfortunately I then found the clear change wasn't so clear with the number of handles available, so it was back to the research. After many hours trawling the internet I thought I was set on the Merkur 38C from Shaving Shack having seen many positive reviews, especially from new converts, that was until I laid eyes on the Parker 98R, so similar and yet less expensive, it was calling me.
When it arrived I have to say I was astounded by its size and weight, even though it tells you both in the details, it still came as a surprise. However, in use, both are a great advantage allowing you to grip the razor in a way that best suits you and also damping any shake you may have, reducing risk of accidents. For my first shave with a DE this was undeniably of great help to me and I came away nick free with the best shave of my life.
The construction of this razor is fantastic and just oozes quality so lacking in many modern products. From the sharpness of the pattern on the grip, which ensures it wont slip even in soapy hands, to the cleanness of the thread where head joins to handle, meaning this razor will surely outlast me, and I'm only 29!
If you're considering this razor I thoroughly recommend it, you wont be disappointed.
Author: Jason Haigh Wow! Where do I start? I have used gillette cartridge razors for years and was totally put off purchasing more due to their high price - hence the switch to DE razors. I purchased this parker razor last Thursday and was received Saturday and it is superb. The build quality is far higher than expected-its a great instrument and such a pleasure to use (it almost looks too good to use). The blogs on this site helped with my first shave yesterday and looking forward to the next. Goodbye gillette cartridges and hello DE razors!!!!..should have done it years ago.
Author: Shaun Miller Got my 98 R today what a cracking razor, lovely weight and finish, my dad still uses an open razor and strop so this will be my next step.
Nice quality and even better shave in style, what a way to start the day.
Author: Andrew Jarvis Received my 98R this morning.
My first DE, and the shave was great. I recommend this to anyone wanting to start with DE.
Used with Bluebeards Revenge, for a smooth, comfortable shave.
Author: Gary Bromelow Man alive this is an aggresive razor. Takes a little bit of time to master but once you have it gives a fabulous shave. It hamburgers your face if you're used to cartridges and just make sure you don't apply ANY pressure. A bit of time, a well built lather and a sharp blade turns this beast into an accomplished shaving tool. The handle gives a lot of the heft and balances the head well, it really is a chunky monkey but that seems to help in giving it the ability to deliver a BBS every time once mastered. Overall it takes time to master but it is worth the effort.
Author: David Thompson this thing is a real bad boy, very heavy and gives the best shave ever, i cant believe how cheap it is especcialy because of the sale price. this razor will last a lifetime
Author: Brady Wilcock Top of the range razor at a very affordable price. I'm new to the safety razor world after many years of using the standard high street products. This product is very well made and you know it wil last for life. My first shave I came away with a couple of little nicks but I'm sure after a bit more practice I will get the hang of it. I'm extremley please with my purchase and this won't be the last time I purchase from The Shaving Shack. Thanks guys!
Author: Raymond Read Nice chunky beast take a bit of getting use to but wort it in the end, not for the faint hearted.
Author: Marc Pocock A great razor that performs just as well as it looks and feels (it looks and feels brilliant). You can really let the weight of the razor do the cutting and barely need to apply any pressure. With a good lather (I use Bluebeards Revenge) it will give you a very close and comfortable shave. Great service from the people at The Shaving Shack.
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