Parker Variant Satin Chrome Handle Adjustable DE Safety Razor

4.58 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)


Adjustable Razor


12 in stock

Product Description


The Parker Variant Adjustable is the perfect razor for beginners and experts alike. The blade angle can be adjusted by turning the knob on the bottom of the razor, so that the exposure can be set to each individual’s preference.

Adjustable Settings: Multiple settings to adjust the blade angle via a dial at the bottom with settings from “1-5”, with “1” being the mildest and “5” the most aggressive. Custom settings can accommodate differences in facial hair thickness, skin type, preference and experience level.

Razor type: Two Piece Adjustable Safety Razor

Weight: 4 oz./110g

Length: 4 in.

Design: Two-Piece Design Ensures Precise Blade Alignment

Blade Type: Double Edge

Handle material: Genuine brass frame, satin chrome plated

Made in India

Additional Information


Weight = 4oz or 110g

Handle Length = 3 1/2 ”

Overall Length = 4″

12 reviews for Parker Variant Satin Chrome Handle Adjustable DE Safety Razor

  1. 3 out of 5


    I purchased this handle about a year ago, and I really loved it. It’s weight is great in your hand and overall feels very solid. Adjusting the blade worked great until it didn’t, which is why I am giving it 3 stars. I was really hoping to get more mileage out of it than a year as I only shave about twice a week. I’m not exactly sure what went wrong, but when screwing the head back in the handle no longer holds position in any of the 5 + locations and the tightest it will hold a blade at this point is wobbly at best right around the 1 setting, which doesn’t give me much confidence anymore in the handle as the blade can shift at any moment while i’m shaving. It may have been just my particular handle, but it has ended in disappointment for me since this was supposed to be an investment in this handle for years to come.

  2. 5 out of 5


    To follow up after a few years, this is still my favorite razor. This morning, I had about a week’s worth of growth to slay. With a new Rapira Platinum Lux blade, the first pass used the setting on 2, and it easily went through the whiskers for a great first pass. Remaining passes were on the 1.5 setting, and it resulted in a nice, smooth, and comfortable shave. The only other razor I own that comes close to this razor is my Ikon 102 Slant, but the head on that razor isn’t always so easy to rinse out during the shave.

  3. 5 out of 5


    I was looking for a adjustable razor with a better grip. My Merkur Futur gives a close shave but don’t be in any type of hurry. The handle when wet can get slippery. Have to constantly make sure ones hand is dry or you might nick yourself. i have only used the Parker Variant a couple of times but what a difference! Tried it out at a #2 setting and it worked great. Will experiment a bit but the extra grip gives you confidence that you will not accidentally cut yourself. It’s head is a bit smaller so I don’t have to switch out to shave under my nose.

  4. 5 out of 5


    I am new to shaving with a safety razor, so take this review with a grain of salt (or a big block of alum). I started with the often recommended Merkur 34C. I worked on my lathering technique and angle, but the Merkur did not work well for me. The problem with the Merkur (at least for me) was that it is smooth and comfortable, but it requires applying the correct amount of pressure to get a close shave. Too light and you get a comfortable but not close shave. Too much pressure and you get a close shave with tons of nicks. Then I tried the Parker Variant. I used no pressure, but simply let the razor’s weight and the increased aggressiveness set using the dial do the trick and I had the best shave of my life. Very close but with no nicks and no irritation.

    Now that the shave quality is out of the way, I must say that the build quality is miles ahead of the Merkur 34C for only $20 more. It feels better balanced in my novice hands. The head is on the larger side, but it seems to retain heat better.

  5. 2 out of 5


    Nice fit and finish, but the blade will not align properly. Tried a pretty broad sample of blades, and various ways of adjusting and tightening down the cap, but one side of the blade always has more exposure than the other, and that side actually protrudes a bit beyond the top of the guard. The result is a rough and uncomfortable shave one one side of the razor (and a pretty nice shave on the other side, actually). Bought this because is was widely reviewed as being an improvement on the Merkur Progress, but my Progress–though it sometimes requires some fiddling–can always be made to align correctly. I’m glad that others are enjoying this razor; I can see why they like it, since, as I said, the fit and finish are very nice. But my particular sample is just out of whack, and it’s a big disappointment.

  6. 5 out of 5


    This is the best razor I owned. Two pass for the closest and comfortable shave Quality and finish are flawless. Design and operation of the razor is the best adjustable razor I have used. I own a futur as well. But I prefer this razor much more. Great value . Customer service is always excellent and extremely helpful from the staff from maggard razors.

  7. 5 out of 5


    I just received mine 2 days ago, and have shaved twice with it (Polsilver Super Iridium blades). It looks like it is a good quality razor in person, with nice grippy knurling. It does look rather intimidating at first, but it’s friendly to shave with on a setting of 1-1.5. I should add that I like mild, friendly razors so that’s probably where I will end up leaving the adjustments. It also shaves very well (as you would expect). 5/5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5


    What an amazing razor! This one is my true favorite, gives you a nice and smooth shave, as close as you want/ need it. Could be absolutely smooth or more aggressive, but it will be never rough. A really amazing adjustable razor for a reasonable price!

  9. 5 out of 5


    Wow, I have been getting excellent shaves with this razor. I typically start at a 4 or 3.5 for the first pass, then I do the final two passes at the 3 or 2.5 settings. I’ve been getting smooth, close, and comfortable shaves. Now, I’m trying to sell a more expensive adjustable razor I had mostly because I get better shaves with the Parker! For those who may want to know, so far, I have used Personna Comfort Coated and Polsilver Super Iridium blades in this razor.

  10. 5 out of 5


    Best double razor ever made. End of conversation.

  11. 5 out of 5


    I am loving this new razor. The other adjustables I have are the Gillette Fatsoy, the Slim (both vintage), and the Murker Futur. This is my favorite. I only have a few shaves on it but it is obviously the best of the bunch. It feels very well made, it is two piece (which I love about the Murker 34c) and it shaves super smooth. This performs the way the Merkur Futur ought to and beats out the already great Slim and Fatboy.
    I want to compare this to the Futur for a minute because I really hate that razor. The Futur is a beautiful piece of junk that was build to look nice with almost no thought to function. My biggest issue with the Futur is that the lowest setting is extremely aggressive, which defeats the purpose of being adjustable.
    This Variant adjusts down to a wonderful mild and smooth that I would compare to the Feather AS-D2 which is known for being mild and smooth. It will also give you all the blade and aggression you can handle at setting 5, and somehow still feels smooth.
    The handle of the Variant has great knurling that makes it easy and comfortable to hold; the Furtur is a smooth, slippery, senseless design doing it’s best to get you to drop it or slip and cut yourself.
    The Futur’s big, bulbous head makes it really hard to shave under your nose. The Variant was much easier and I had no problems.
    The adjustment on the Future can be flat out dangerous with slippery hands, the adjustment on the Variant is smooth and easy.
    There are two areas where the Futur is a bit better. Others have complained about loading the Futur but I found the snap-on top plate to be easy and clever. The Variant’s two-piece loading design is great compared to 3 piece razors but the Futur wins out (for me). The second thing I like about the Futur is the look. It is a really great looking razor. Unfortunately that doesn’t matter much when there are so many glaring problems with the design.
    So my point here? The Variant is an absolutely awesome razor. If you are looking for an adjustable, this is my favorite so far. Full disclosure: I do not yet own a Merkur Progress and I don’t think I ever will. This Variant looks like a knock-off of the Progress or maybe we will be nice and call it an “homage”. Either way, I never liked the plastic adjustment knob on the Progress and the Mergress was out of stock. I see no point it getting one now since I am so happy with my Variant.

  12. 5 out of 5


    A cheaper, more aggressive version of the Progress, with a much better handle.

    The settings are about 1/2 to 1 notch more aggressive than a Progess (i.e. 1.5 on Variant = 2.5 on Progress) and the blade is a little bit less extremely twisted, so a more horizontal angle for the handle works better (i.e. Variant shaves more like a regular DE than the Progess does.) You can still simulate a 34C easily enough (setting 1.5 – 2) and can even go a bit lower if you have SensiFace, or you can ratchet it up to low end Futur settings if you need a scythe.

    The Variant has bottom sluices in the head plate, meaning it cleans out more easily than a Progress and is less likely to clog. The handle is much longer than Progress and is textured, meaning it is more stable to hold and better for bigger hands.

    One issue with the Variant is that the blade gap setting is set differently with blade mounted than when empty. I.E. no blade, setting dial starts at 0, with blade, dial starts at around 1.5. The dial goes up past 5, so you still have the same range of settings as Progress, but it takes a mental adjustment. This lack of a proper zero point was apparently an issue with many Progresses as well, but my particular Progress always started at 0. Not a deal breaker, but the feel of a precisely calibrated machine is not really there.

    Other than this issue, the only real criticism of the Variant is that it comes perilously close to being a Progress copy, though with a more aggressive blade gap range and a better handle. The cheaper price is welcome, assuming you can buy one.

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