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Parker 99R Review

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When it comes to safety razors, one of the best budget-friendly brands out there is Parker Safety Razor.

One razor that captures the attention of a lot of men is the 99R. Taking a page out of Merkur 38Cs playbook, the Parker 99R is a weighty, closed comb razor with a swirled handle design.

But is it worth considering?

In this review, we take an in-depth look at the Parker 99R razor and let you know everything you need to make an informed decision.

Let’s go!

Highlights

FeaturesParker 99R
CombClosed
Safety BarStraight
Head CompositionBrass
Handle CompositionBrass
HandleSwirl
PlatingChrome
Country of OriginIndia
Blade CompatibilityAll double-edge safety razors
Number of Pieces1
Weight (oz)4
Weight (g)113
Length (in)3.8
Length (cm)9.6
Price$32
Parker 96R – Long Handle Butterfly Open Safety Razor & 5 Parker Premium Platinum Double Edge Razor blades
  • ELIMINATE RAZOR BURN and INGROWN HAIRS – Parker Safety Razors are designed to eliminate shaving bumps, irritation and ingrown hairs. Parker Razors are world famous for delivering a Barber Shop Shave experience in your own home.

  • HANDMADE with GENUINE BRASS – Every Parker Safety Razor is handmade with a Genuine Brass frame and then Electroplated for a superior finish which is both beautiful and durable

  • WORLD FAMOUS QUALITY ENGINEERING – Parker Safety Razor has been manufacturing quality Shaving Products for over 45 years. Our Butterfly mechanism makes blade replacement simple and easy. This particular razor also has a heavily knurled handle to ensure a “sure grip” even with wet and soapy hands in the shower

Weight

The Parker 99R weighs a hefty 4.0 ounces. This is heavier than the Merkur 38C (3.88 ounces), Parker 96R (2.79 ounces), and Edwin Jagger DE89 (2.36 ounces)making it one of the heavier options out there.

Why is this important, you may be wondering…

Weight directly impacts not only how the razor feels in your hand but also how the razor performs. With greater weight, more stability is transferred to your hand, resulting in greater accuracy and shaving efficiency.

However, it’s a balancing act.

Razors that are too heavy or too light can cause skin irritations, nicks, and cuts. The optimal weight of a razor depends on many factors, including the thickness of your hair, the length, the sharpness of the blade, and the cutting angle at which you hold the razor.

While there is no true ‘ideal weight’ for a razor, we recommend a weight that is comfortable for you to hold and maneuver. A good starting point is around 3 to 4 ounces – which the 99R firmly places itself into this sweet spot.

For comparison, here is a chart showing how the 99R stacks up to the rest of the field:

Parker 99R weight vs other safety razors

Here’s a table with all the weight of several popular safety razors so you can see how the Parker 99R compares:

Safety RazorWeight (ounces)Weight (grams)
Parker 99R4.00113
Bevel3.1088
Edwin Jagger DE892.3667
Feather AS-D23.4096
Merkur 23C2.1260
Merkur 34C2.7277
Merkur 37C2.7277
Merkur 38C3.88110
Merkur Futur4.44126
Muhle R413.1790
Muhle R892.4068
Muhle Rytmo2.4770
OneBlade Core2.3366
Parker 96R2.7979

Length

At 3.80” in length, the Parker 99R shouldn’t feel too long nor too short, making it a comfortable size for most men.

To put the length into context, the 99R is still shorter than the two other razors that it is often compared to, the Merkur 38C (4.00“) and Parker 96R (4.30″).

When holding and using the 99R, expect greater precision and control when shaving your face, particularly around the neck and mustache area. Additionally, you should have no problem making confident and precise strokes for sideburns, goatees, and other edging tasks.

Here’s a chart comparing the length of the Parker 99R to other safety razors:

Parker 99R length vs other safety razors

Here’s a table with the length of the Parker 99R alongside comparable safety razors:

Safety RazorLength (in)Length (cm)
Parker 99R3.8010
Bevel4.4111
Edwin Jagger DE893.7410
Feather AS-D23.549
Merkur 23C4.2011
Merkur 34C3.198
Merkur 37C3.318
Merkur 38C4.0010
Merkur Futur4.2511
Muhle R414.2111
Muhle R893.7510
Muhle Rytmo3.709
OneBlade Core4.5312
Parker 26C3.7510
Parker 55SL4.0010
Parker 96R4.3011
Parker Variant4.0010

Handle

closeup of parker 99r handle

Like the Merkur 38C, nicknamed ‘The Barberpole,’ the swirling handle, the Parker 99R razor provides an elegant design. Unfortunately, this leads to a less than confident grip that can be a bit more slippery when compared to other handle types (i.e., diamond knurled).

So be sure to have a small towel nearby to keep your hands nice and dry when shaving.

Pieces

The Parker 99R is a one-piece safety razor – this design is commonly referred to as a butterfly razor.

You can easily change the blade with a simple twist of the handle.

The handle and cap are all attached to one another. So unlike a two or three-piece razor, regularly cleaning or disinfecting this razor won’t be nearly as easy. Plus, with moving parts, the razor will degrade with regular use over the years.

Performance

When shaving with the Parker 99R razor, you can expect a fairly mild and comfortable shave. This razor is not too aggressive, so it is a good choice for beginners.

If you desire closeness, the Parker 99R can still provide smooth results by making multiple passes – particularly across and against the grain without too much irritation. The heavier body of the razor lends itself to good control and stability.

Related Reading: 11 Facts to Know About Shaving With a Safety Razor

Country of Origin

The Parker 99R is made in India. While not normally associated with precision engineering and craftsmanship like Germany and Japan, it still is of acceptable quality. Furthermore, the production of Parker razors in India results in a significantly cheaper product, which many consider when purchasing.

For comparison, the Merkur 38C costs approximately $60, whereas the Parker 99R costs a modest $32.

Nearly 50% savings.

Blades

parker99r with blade

Just like other safety razors, the Parker 99R can be used with all types of double-edge razor blades. Allowing you to find the right razor blade for your skin and facial hair type.

So you are free to test all the popular brands, including Feather, Astra, Derby, and more, without being locked into a proprietary system.

Reviews

The consensus is quite positive when analyzing feedback across several online stores, social media (Reddit, YouTube), and forums. With an average 4.5/5 star rating, poor reviews were few and far between.

Here’s what we found:

Parker 99R is a budget-friendly razor that many reviewers found to be a great value. The razor is said to have a good finish, weight, and grip.

However, some reviewers found the razor difficult to use, especially around the nose. Additionally, some reviewers found that the quality of the razor deteriorated after a year or so of use.

Here is a video review of the Parker 99R to see it in action:

Other Parker Safety Razors

Parker also offers a few other safety razors that you may have come across in your research:

  • Parker 96R: Good for beginners. It has a butterfly opening like the 99R that makes it easy to rotate blades, and the results are smooth results after a few passes.
  • Parker Variant: For intermediate wet-shavers that want to fine-tune their shave. The adjustable safety bar allows you to customize the aggressiveness of the shave, and the diamond-knurled handle provides a nice grip.
  • Parker 26C: An open comb razor that can plow through thick, dense facial hair. Provides a nice bite to the shave.

Related: Best Adjustable Safety Razors

Here’s a table comparing some of Parker’s most popular razors:

FeaturesParker 99RParker 96RParker VariantParker 26CParker 55SlParker Adjustable Single Edge Injector
CombClosedClosedClosed (Adjustable)OpenSlantN/A
Safety BarStraightStraightScallopedNoneScallopedStraight
Head CompositionBrassBrassBrassBrassBrassStainless Steel
Handle CompositionBrassBrassBrassBrassBrassStainless Steel
HandleSwirlKnurledKnurledKnurledKnurledPlastic
PlatingChromeGraphite, ChromeGraphite, ChromeGraphite, ChromeGraphite, ChromeN/A
Country of OriginIndiaIndiaIndiaIndiaIndiaIndia
Blade CompatibilityAll double-edge safety razorsAll double-edge safety razorsAll double-edge safety razorsAll double-edge safety razorsAll double-edge safety razorsInjector blades only
Number of Pieces112331
Weight (oz)42.793.873.43.41.24
Weight (g)11379110969635
Length (in)3.84.343.7544.96
Length (cm)9.610.910.29.510.212.6
Price$32$30$57$32$32$34

The Verdict

Overall, the Parker 99R is a good-performing safety razor. Here’s what we liked and didn’t like about it:

Pros

Great value

Easy to use

Provides a close shave after a few passes

Cons

Build quality is not as good as its German or Japanese counterparts

The bulky head can be difficult to use, especially around the nose area

Adam Williams

As the lead editor of Tools of Men, Adam loves men's grooming products. Particularly of interest is managing facial hair and perfecting the art of the modern man's skincare routine. His work has been featured or quoted in several publications, including New York Magazine, Vice, Sharpologist, MIC, Elite Daily, and more.

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