-Offers a close and smooth shave
-Rounded compartment edge minimizes cuts
-Comes with five stainless steel blades from Shark
-Has a stainless steel blade arm
-Plastic handle feels cheap
-Good for beginners
- Size: 1 x 3 x 2 inches
- Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Color: Silver/grey/chrome
- Material: Stainless steel and plastic
- Type: Shavette/Barber razor with replaceable blades
- Versatility: For shaving, long/short beards, mustaches, neck hair
If you’ve grown tired of expensive cartridge blades and want to switch to try something new out, then this product might the best option for you. They are cheap, reliable, but also efficient. Although, using one can seem daunting at first, with a little practice you’ll never look back. Straight razors can offer a much closer and smoother shave. Besides, you can always buy a shavette type model that doesn’t need sharpening. To help you come to a decision, we’ve decided to review the Parker SR1 with replaceable blades. Parker has been in the business of making straight razors for more than 40 years and is a respected brand.
Design and features
This model has a classic look to it that has instant appeal. It has a stainless steel blade arm and vintage design. The piece that the handle folds into is plastic with a chrome-like finish that doesn’t feel as sturdy as the blade arm. As a result, this razor is lighter in weight and may feel flimsy to some.
This model is made with a rounded blade compartment. This design helps bring down the number of cuts. If you’re not skilled with a straight razor, you might find it somewhat harder to do detail work. This includes pulling off crisp lines and shaving around your nose and mustache. In spite of that, practice makes perfect, and if you’re new to straight razors, a rounded compartment for blades is a good safety feature. There’s a balance between features for every razor, and this one leans towards safety more than precision.
With this product, you get five super stainless half blades from Shark. These won’t last long, but you can always get a big pack of replacements for a few bucks. To change a blade, all you have to do is use the simple snap and lock holder. If you’re new to straight razors, it might take you a few moments more to get the job done. You can use either single edge blades or half of a double edge with this model.
This model is another affordable straight razor, and If you’re used to shaving with one, you’ll have an easy time using the SR1. The blade holder is intuitive and clamps down on the blades so that they don’t move during shaving. We tried a few different blades, including single edge and a split double edge, and had no problems.
The Shark blades included with the SR1 managed to complete the tasks we put before them without much hassle. We tried them out with short and medium length facial hair. While using Shark blades, we didn’t notice any tugging or experience razor burn, but you can buy even better replacement blades. Shaving around facial contours felt natural with this razor, and didn’t cause any cuts. In this model’s package you get only five Shark blades, so if you don’t like them, you’ll buy new ones soon enough.
Since this grip is made out of light plastic, holding it and working with this razor felt a bit awkward. This, along with the rounded compartment edges, made pulling lines and doing details somewhat harder. The rounded design brings cuts down to a minimum, though. That’s why this can be considered the best beginner straight razor on our test.
The SR1 from Parker is a good option for those who don’t need the best straight razor or want to spend the most money. With that in mind, this model does come with some downsides, but there are good sides to it, too.
This model is an excellent option for beginners since it offers much more safety thanks to the rounded edges of the blade compartment. The blades themselves are easy to replace and stay firmly in place once installed. Shaving is smooth and close, but it can take extra time to get the hang of detail work.
The plastic grip on this product feels light which might be a deal-breaker for some people. If you want to use this model just for touch up work like sideburns, it’s affordable but isn’t the most precise. Overall, we recommend this as a first razor for those that want to try something new out. If you like straight razor shaving, you can always invest more money in a higher quality model somewhere down the line.
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