Parker 97R Redux Review
I wanted to give an updated review of the Parker 97R Hefty after using it multiple times this week (as my evening razors.
Fit and Finish: Very nice. Very bright, almost a chrome like finish. The brightest, shinest razor that I own. Two pin sized molding imperfections on the top cap, but barely noticeably, only in pictures. Would rate it 8.9 out of 10, although the handle I would give a 10.
Weight and balance: Still a little shocked at weight, as this razor is heavier than any razor in my collection. The head is very similar to a R89/EJ89, although the gap is greater, producing a slighlty more agressive shave. The handle is close to perfection in both weight and knurling, just love it.
Price: Excellent, priced at under $30.00 USD.
Aggressiveness: Mildy agressive, but very smooth with proper blade choice. Shockingly enough the two blades the work best for me in this razor is the Derby and the Red IPs.
Overall Shaving Impression: This has entered into my top 4 razors, I absolutely love it. The handle is as close to perfect as possible. Weight is nice and heavy, it makes the Merkur 11C HD feel light.
I would recommend this razor to anyone. Parker has done a fine job in this three piece model, I hope they continue with additional models and hopefully an open comb model soon.
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