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Did Rockwell make the 6S so good on purpose? or by accident?

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The next natural brush is this 24mm barrel brush from RazoRock/Italian Barber, and to me it feels enormous. But it worked well and holds a ton of lather—excellent lather in this case, redolent with the summertime fragrance of honeysuckle, thanks to Phoenix Artisan’s very good shaving soap. This is their regular formula, which they seem now to call “CK-1,” and not the ultra-premium CK-6. But it is quite a good soap.

As I was shaving with my Rockwell 6S, using the R3 baseplate, I was struck again at the extreme comfort combined with extreme efficiency — as a razor, it is incredibly smooth and easy in its action, and the stubble is simply wiped away. We who have been involved in this for a while know Rockwell’s struggles to the 6S right, so clearly there was a lot of trial and error involved. And certainly their intention was to make a good razor. But the 6S as it finally turned out is so exceptional that I can’t help but believe that its feel and performance does involve some happy happenstance. If one could design a razor this good on purpose, wouldn’t there be a lot more of them?

There are, of course, quite a few razors that are both very comfortable and very efficient — I list in this article those I’ve encountered — but the 6S seems to be in a class all its own. Maybe it’s due to the peculiar (reversible) baseplate, which other razors don’t have, which would explain why the feel is unique to the Rockwell.

I don’t actually know, but I did notice again this morning the lovely feel of this razor as I did three passes to achieve a perfect result.

A splash of Phoenix Artisan’s Honeysuckle aftershave finished the job and started the weekend right.

Written by LeisureGuy

23 November 2019 at 10:20 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I have the 6C and agree,this is a wonderful razor. Having a wiry beard I use the 4/2 most of the time and have no isses with turning the plate over for my touch up.

    ronald levine

    23 November 2019 at 10:55 am

  2. I also noticed that the baseplate is uncommonly well designed, with finger grips at each end and the blade easily remaining in the cap. In fact when I was testing the 6S, I wanted to see whether the R2 or R1 would mimic the feel of the Feather AS-D1/2, so I used a Feather blade (which does not work well for me in all razors). I tried the R2, which was close, and (as I recall) the Feather blade in the R1 felt (and performed) exactly like the Feather AS-D1/2. I forgot that the blade in the razor was a Feather when I moved on to test the R5 and R6, and because changing baseplates is so easy I didn’t notice that the blade there was a Feather. And: no problems whatsoever. More blade feel, but still extremely comfortable and (of course) highly efficient. I got a perfectly smooth result with no nicks and no razor burn at all, somewhat to my surprise when I saw that I had been using a Feather blade.


    23 November 2019 at 11:12 am

  3. Rockwell went through complete retooling twice. That speaks to drive and determination. Kudos


    23 November 2019 at 12:35 pm

  4. which razor in your list would you say comes closer to the Rockwell plate 3 in comfort and efficiency? Any comes to mind?


    24 November 2019 at 2:21 am

  5. @John – Interesting question. I’m going to go through the list and go with my quick impressions. Because we’re talking about the overall feel of the razor, it seems best to grab at the gestalt. As I go through the list, these strike me as having to roughly the same feel. The RazoRock Old Type, for example, is amazingly comfortable and efficient, but it does quite feel the same on the face. Here’s what I get:

    Yaqi Double Open Comb
    Parker Semi-Slant
    RazoRock MJ-90A
    RazoRock Baby Smooth
    Fine Marvel
    Fendrihan Mk II
    RazoRock Game Changer .68-P
    iKon Shavecraft 101


    24 November 2019 at 5:17 am

  6. I’ll update that list: none of those feel exactly like the Rockwell 6S. Even though they are all exceptionally comfortable and efficient, the feel of a razor on your face and in your hand is as much a unique characteristic as the face of a friend, and even if you have two very close friends, you still can tell the difference. So also with razors.


    24 November 2019 at 6:18 pm

  7. Sounds like a good analogy.


    24 November 2019 at 6:24 pm

  8. I’ll take your word that this razor has been refined to the nth degree. However, based on the DFS+ I got today with a Baili 171, I doubt for me that even the 6C is five times better.


    25 November 2019 at 6:49 pm

  9. I’ve not used the 6C. My comment was for the 6S. The Baili 171 is indeed excellent. The two razors do have a different feel on the face — I’ll use them back to back sometime this week and refresh my memory.

    But given that they are both extremely good and the Baili 171 is $6 and the Rockwell 6S is $100, I can readily see that the $94 difference might find other uses…. 🙂


    25 November 2019 at 7:17 pm

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