Starting as a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, Rockwell Razors has been making a name for itself in the safety razor market with unique designs and high-quality materials.
In this in-depth review, we’ll take a closer look at their most popular model, the Rockwell Razors 6C, and see if it’s worth the hype.
Let’s dive in!
Rockwell Razors 6C
What We Think:
The Rockwell Razors 6C is a unique safety razor that provides a close, comfortable shave. The swappable base plates allow you to customize the aggressiveness of the shave, which is a nice feature.
Heavy weight provides stability
Variable level of aggressiveness
Unique design won’t easily break
The head is relatively large, which may make it difficult to shave in some areas
The plates are not very easy to change
Key Stats & Score
|Features||Rockwell Razors 6C|
|Composition||Chromed Zinc Alloy|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Number of Pieces||3|
|Shave Performance||Varies Based On Plate|
|Blade Compatibility||All double-edge safety razor blades|
The Rockwell Razors 6C is a heavier razor weighing 3.50 ounces (100 grams). This weight gives the razor stability and makes it easier to apply pressure when shaving.
As you hold the razor, you’ll find that the weight is evenly distributed, making it comfortable to hold for long periods.
For context, if you want to see how heavy the Rockwell Razors 6C is, here’s a chart comparing it to other popular safety razors:
At 3.74 inches, the 6C is slightly below average in length.
Some men with larger-than-average hands may have some difficulty, but this would likely be an outlier rather than the norm.
For comparison, here’s how the 6C compares to other popular safety razors:
Rockwell Razors 6C is a zinc alloy razor that features chrome plating. Along the length of the razor handle, you find a diamond knurling pattern that provides a good grip.
So whether your hands are wet or dry, you’ll have no problem holding onto the razor, even if it is coated in shaving cream.
One of the downsides of the chrome-plated design is that it can chip or crack, especially if you drop the razor. So instead, stainless steel or aluminum would be a better choice for a long-term razor. If this sounds interesting, look at the Rockwell Razors 6S instead; it is made of stainless steel.
Country of Origin
While Rockwell’s headquarters are in Toronto, Canada, the Rockwell Razors 6C is made in China – a country not normally known for its precision engineering and metallurgy.
Despite the country of origin, the Rockwell Razors 6C is a well-made and doesn’t showcase any durability issues.
Number of Pieces
The Rockwell Razors 6C is a three-piece safety razor (or five-piece if you count the base plates). It consists of a handle, a base plate, and a cap.
Given that each piece comes apart cleaning the razor is effortless. The razor can be disassembled and cleaned with a brush and soap. The razor can also be cleaned with a damp cloth.
The Rockwell 6C is a versatile razor that provides a close, comfortable shave. In general, we were pretty happy with the results it delivered.
Here were some specific notes we wanted to share:
Swapping the Plates
With three different base plates, you can change the blade gap to six different levels of aggressiveness. While this feature is unique, it isn’t exactly the most user-friendly. Compared to other adjustable safety razors, the Rockwell Razors 6C is a bit of a pain to adjust. You have to unscrew the base plate, remove the blade, and then screw on the new base plate.
While this might not be a huge deal if you only use one level of aggressiveness for your entire shave, but if you want to switch between a close shave and a more comfortable shave, it can be a bit of a hassle.
No matter what type of facial hair you have, be it thick, dense, coarse, or fine, the 6C can provide reliably close and smooth results. If you want to remove thick stubble, we recommend using the more aggressive plate (3 or higher), as it can cleanly remove heavy stubble in a single pass.
When shaving the sideburns and neck, the 6C performs well. However, when shaving around the nose and mustache, the bulky head can make it feel a bit cramped. You may need to use your other hand to hold your nose to the side to get a better angle.
No matter the aggression of the shave, the hair should never be cut below the skin as the hysteresis phenomenon cannot occur (this is also commonly known as the lift-and-cut technique marketed by Gillette). So ingrown hairs and razor bumps won’t be an issue with the 6C.
At its mildest setting, the Rockwell 6C is excellent for sensitive skin. When you have the technique on point, the razor glides over the skin easily and leaves no razor burn or irritation.
Required Shaving Cream
We found that the Rockwell 6C performs best with traditional shaving cream. This is because a traditional shaving cream often has a thicker and more viscous consistency than a gel or foam. Additionally, lubrication is more pronounced with a traditional shaving cream, which helps to reduce tugging and pulling on the hair and skin.
Despite the 6C being fairly mild with its least aggressive plate, it still requires a good technique to get optimal results. You’ll want to practice holding the razor at a 30-degree angle to the skin and then apply light pressure to the razor as you shave. Once you have the right cutting angle dialed in, which will take approximately five shaves to get right, you’ll achieve good results.
Compatible Razor Blades
The Rockwell Razors 6C works well with all double-edge safety razor blade brands, including Feather, Astra, and Derby. So you are free to test out different blades to find the one that works best for you.
We test out a few razor blades here if you are uncertain which brand may be right for you.
Aside from our review, we wanted to see what others had to say about the 6C.
After reviewing popular forums, reading customer reviews, and watching a few videos on YouTube, most people were pretty happy with the 6C.
What People Liked Most:
Many have shared that the 6C could give a close, smooth shave with little irritation. Some people have found that the larger head of the razor makes it difficult to shave in the nose area, but others have found that it actually makes it easier.
What People Didn’t Like:
The biggest complaint we saw was around the confusion about the base plates. Some weren’t sure if they had loaded a more or less aggressive blade gap until they began shaving their beards. If the base plate were installed incorrectly, they would have to disassemble and reassemble the razor.
Most reviewers seem happy with the Rockwell Razors 6C and would recommend it to others.
For $60, the Rockwell Razors 6C provides excellent value for the money.
The value becomes even more pronounced the longer you own it as it will be much cheaper to replace the razor blades than it would be to buy a new cartridge razor (not to mention you aren’t contributing to the plastic waste problem).
For comparison, here’s how the price of the 6C compares to other safety razors:
The Rockwell Razors 6C Safety Razor is available in three distinct colors: rose gold, chrome, and gunmetal. Each color offers a unique look and feel that complements any bathroom décor.
Other Rockwell Models
While the 6C is an impressive razor, it is not the only model Rockwell offers. Here are a few other models that you might want to consider:
|Razor Name||Comb||Composition||Grip||Country of Origin||Number of Pieces||Price||Shave Performance|
|Rockwell Razors 6S||Closed (Adjustable)||Stainless Steel||Knurled||USA||3||$120.00||Varies Based On Plate|
|Rockwell Razors 6C||Closed (Adjustable)||Chromed Zinc Alloy||Knurled||China||3||$60.00||Varies Based On Plate|
|Rockwell Razors T2||Closed (Adjustable)||Brass, Stainless Steel||Knurled||Parts from China and US. Assembled in Canada||1||$150.00||Varies Based On Adjustment Setting|
|Rockwell Razors 2C||Closed (Adjustable)||Chromed Zinc Alloy||Knurled||China||3||$40.00||Mild To Moderate|
- Rockwell Razors 6S: Every bit as good as the 6C, the 6S is composed of stainless steel and made in the United States. The 6S includes three base plates and is available in four colors: black, matte, rose gold, and blue.
- Rockwell Razors T2: With a simple twist of the handle, the T2 allows you to adjust the blade gap, which directly affects the aggressiveness of the shave. Consider this model if you don’t want to worry about swapping out base plates and want a razor that is easy to use.
- Rockwell Razors 2C: At $40, the 2C is the beginner-friendly model from Rockwell. The 2C includes just one base plate that provides a mild to moderate shave.
Other Safety Razors
Aside from Rockwell, it’s important to note that other brands offer similar safety razors. Here are a few other options that you might want to consider:
|Razor Name||Comb||Composition||Grip||Country of Origin||Number of Pieces||Price||Shave Performance||Blade Compatibility|
|Merkur Progress||Closed (Adjustable)||Die-Cast Zinc Alloy||Ridged||Germany||2||$70.00||Varies Based On Adjustment Setting||All double-edge safety razor blades|
|Parker Variant||Closed (Adjustable)||Brass||Knurled||India||2||$57.00||Varies Based On Adjustment Setting||All double-edge safety razor blades|
|Merkur Futur||Closed (Adjustable)||Die-Casted Zinc||Brushed Metal||Germany||2||$86.00||Varies Based On Adjustment Setting||All double-edge safety razor blades|
|Rockwell Razors 6C||Closed (Adjustable)||Chromed Zinc Alloy||Knurled||China||3||$60.00||Varies Based On Plate||All double-edge safety razor blades|
- Merkur Progress: More akin to the T2 model, the Merkur Progress allows you to adjust the blade gap by twisting the handle. Admittedly, it provides a good shave but doesn’t look nearly as good as the Rockwell 6C.
- Parker Variant: An affordable adjustable safety razor made in India. While some build quality issues have been reported, most are pretty happy with the performance of the razor.
- Merkur Futur: Both long and heavy, the Futur is a beast of an adjustable razor. Even in the mildest setting, the Futur is still quite aggressive, so it is not for the faint of heart.
Other Important Notes
There were a few other things that we wanted to mention about the Rockwell Razors 6C:
Rockwell offers a 100% quality guarantee up to 60 days after purchase for the 6C. Only the 6S is backed by a lifetime warranty.
When visiting the Rockwell Razors website, you’ll notice that they have a strong focus on sustainability. They are leading a petition to Ban Disposable Razors. You can learn more about the petition here.
Rockwell Razors also offers a recycling tin for used razor blades. This is a great way to prevent injury to yourself, your family, and sanitation workers. You can learn more about the recycling tin.