RazoRock Quick Change Razor Review

Posted: October 30, 2016 in Shaving Articles
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I have become something of an evangelist in regard to traditional wet shaving over the last year or so. Since leaving cartridge razors, electric razors, and other forms of torment behind, I’ve been motivated to try and show others “the way”. In some cases, I’ve felt compelled to lend or give away equipment from my own stable of hardware in order to make this happen. When I found that I was down to possessing only razors I wanted to keep (no more easy giveaways), I started looking for a good, inexpensive solution that would allow me to gift a set of safety razor gear without breaking the bank.

The anchor of this give-away basket would turn out to be the RazoRock Quick Change razor, pictured above. It’s available for…wait for it…ten dollars at the Italian Barber website. Yes. Ten bucks. And it is every bit the beauty that it appears in pictures.

On the examples I’ve looked at, the chrome finish has been bright and uniform. the movement of the butterfly doors has been flawless, and the razor alignment has been spot on. In other words, a well-made razor.

Is it on par with an old Gillette? Eh…no. But there’s no rational person who would expect it to be. It is a good quality piece, but it’s built in the modern, high-efficency method, somewhere overseas (China, I believe.)

The rest of the gear, including soap, alum, brush, blades, and aftershave balm all came up to just a hair over forty bucks. And it’s all good stuff. Stuff I’ve used, and liked.

But let’s not get carried away with value shopping. Let’s talk about the Quick Change. Looks aside, how does it shave.

The Quick Change loads the blade in the normal twist-to-open method, and holds the blade firmly when closed. Unlike a few razors I’ve had, it doesn’t loosen up during the shave, gradually changing the blade angle. That’s a good thing, because you don’t want to have to keep adjusting the closure of your razor every few minutes.

Grip is good, but not great. The chrome finish and large traction…let’s call them cleats, on the handle provide enough traction for most situations. You’ll be fine with wet hands, but not soapy hands.

Unlike most twist-to-open designs, the Quick Change has a slightly wider head, so there is no overhang on the edges. This will be good for those who are prone to cutting themselves with the external tabs of the blade. Like new shavers. This is a plus, considering the market for the razor.

The Quick Change is a mild shaver. It is very forgiving, and absolutely doesn’t want to cut you up. Another great design choice for a newcomer. That said, it doesn’t chatter when going over the hair, nor simply fail to cut. It will need a moderate to sharp blade to do its best, though. Astra or Feather blades seem to work great.

The end result of this very mild shaver is that you might not be able to achieve the ultimate closeness that you would be able to get with a more aggressive design. I’ll take that bargain, though. For most people, it’s better to get a good shave day after day, than get a great shave, but tear your face up.

At ten bucks, the value proposition of this razor is amazing. Unless you absolutely have to have reference level closeness or you’ll be unhappy, this is a great little starter razor. With decent technique, it’s safe as milk, and will still give you a shave as good or better than anything you’ve ever had with a cartridge.

Recommended!

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