Yes, it has been one year since I began posting videos on YouTube. May 6, 2013 I began posting videos that I had previously only posted in The Big Shave Facebook group, which is a members only closed group. This video will be I think my 83rd posted video. Most of them traditional wet shaving related. Thank you all for your support and encouragement and continuing to watch my brand of foolishness.
So, let’s look at some general statistics.
Over 80 videos posted.
Over 61,000 views
350,000 minutes viewed (if viewed continuously by one person it would take over 240 days).
Over 575 subscribers.
6000 views of the most popular video on making homemade shave products.
If you would have asked me a year ago that those kind of number were possible for a collection of shave videos from a simple hobbyist I would have thought you were absolutely insane and the growth and popularity continues to increase. It seems like the total rate of increase of the accumulative numbers have been doubling about every three or four months. I would think that pace of growth could not continue. We shall see. I've been surprised so far.
Now let’s get to the review of the Parker 26C Razor. I usually don't post reviews here in the blog section but will make an exception today. Most of the popular modern razors are not open comb in design. There are a few but the vast majority of the most popular modern razors are the straight bar or closed comb style double edge razors. This could be due to traditional wet shaving movement still emerging from its infancy and moving into adolescence. A lot of traditional wet shavers are still in the learning or beginner stages of the hobby. The general perception of an open comb razor is that it is a more aggressive shaver, and in basic terms that is true, but due to the open comb design it also provides more protection due to not removing most of the cushioning/slick lather as it glides over the skin prior to the blade cutting the whiskers.
I love vintage razors and if you go back in razor history the first half of the 20th Century was dominated by open comb safety razors. The king of the safety razor in that period was of course a Gillette. Gillette Old and New Style razors are open comb designs. It was only In the mid-century that a straight bar or closed comb design started to gain popularity. Probably as a result of men shaving daily and seeking a milder type of shave.
It is the fear of the “aggressive shave” that probably prevents many traditional wet shavers from trying an open comb designed razor. In open comb razors there tends to be generally only the aggressive and the more aggressive buying choice options. The RazoRock Jaws being a very popular open comb razor has a reputation for being more aggressive. At least that's the perception (which I think is wrong). The Merkur 1904 is an open comb design but is such a mild shaver that only those with less than a moderate beard growth would probably find it useful. There are others but they do tend to be more efficient shavers and are better suited for men with at least moderate beard growth.
I love aggressive razors, but I also crave a combination of aggressiveness (efficiency) and smoothness. I don’t mind feeling the razor blade as it shaves but the most pleasurable shaves are those that you can hardly feel the razor at all touching your face. The Parker 26C is such a razor.
I found the Parker 26C to be less aggressive than many of the modern closed comb razors but it also I believe it is much smoother and more efficient. A wonderful combination in a razor. It is a classic three piece design and easy to use. The blade alignment was great and the fit and finish superb and beautiful.
I can now highly recommend all of the Parker razors without reservation. They are all good if not excellent in performance and fit and finish. Both the 26C and the 65R hit a good balance of sharp aggressiveness and effortless glide across the face smoothness. With the 26C I can tell the blade is present but I really can’t feel it much on the face. This should take the "fear factor" out of the equation for those reluctant to try an open comb designed razor.
I've done a video of a shave with the 26C. It was three passes and near BBS finish quickly and simply. Also in the video I use Eva Nestorova's Tobacco and Bay Leaf Shave Soap and show how a badger brush with good backbone, even a huge 32mm knot can be used to lather even a small diameter hard puck of soap.
If you've ever thought about trying an open comb designed razor. What are you waiting for?This is the one to try.
Good Shaves, Be Happy, Be Safe