The Parker 26C is one of the newer designs by the product brand. Unlike its predecessors, it has a black handle and an open comb head. These features make the razor look very striking and be more aggressive when it comes to shaving.
A unique feature about this razor is its texture. In order for razors to provide a firm grip, the handle has to be textured with indentions or lines. The handle of this razor has grooves or knurling that spiral around a black anodized aluminum. At base of the razor and below the head, the handle is made from steel with chrome finishing. This gives the razor a very elegant and sleek appearance.
The razor is made up of three pieces, two parts of the head and the handle. The entire razor has to be taken apart when changing a blade and can be easier cleaned this way.
- Quality: 10/10
The razor is made from stainless steel and chrome coating. It’s expected to last for a lifetime.
- User Friendly: 8/10
This razor is designed to be used by seasoned and experienced shavers.
- Grip: 10/10
The black textured handle of the razor give a sure and firm grip.
- Ease of Blade Replacement: 9/10
The razor separates into three pieces when the head is unscrewed from the handle. You do this when you want to replace the blade of the razor. It’s not the easiest way to do a blade replacement. The easier way is when the head just opens up when the handle is twisted. This is called the “butterfly doors.” It’s quite common among classic safety razors. This mechanism might lessen the effort and hazards involve in replacing a blade but it also has a disadvantage. Usually, it’s the bottom of the handle that needs to be twisted to open or close the head of the razor. With constant twisting, the knob becomes loose which in turn makes the butterfly doors loose as well.
- Aggressiveness: 9/10
The open comb is designed to expose the blade more as compared to the regular razors or those who use a close comb. Both combs are used to really take out all the hair when shaving especially the ingrowing ones. The open does the same function as the close comb but it does not lower down the aggressiveness of the razor blade.
- Adjustability: 8/10
You can use different standard DE razor blades.
- Balance: 9/10
The balanced is reduced since its much lighter but it makes up for the ease maneuvering thanks to its heavier head.
- Value for Money: 10/10
Considering its modern design and other classic elements, the razor is still priced at less than $40.00 which makes it a regularly-priced DE safety razor.
- Overall: 9/10