Rockwell is the new kid on the block. They have been around for a few years now and gathered quite a following. Why? Because Rockwell 6c is awesome! Good quality, excellent shaves, helpful customer service and all this packaged into a neat box that you wouldn’t be ashamed to give someone as a present. No matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned wet shaver – Rockwell caters to both with one product.
+ Adjustable safety razor
+ Good Grip
+ Lifetime warranty
– Has not been around for enough time to stand the test of time
- Rockwell 6C / 2C is a three-piece safety razor
- Model 6C comes with three base plates. Model 2C comes only with one
- An adjustable safety razor. The adjusting is done by switching the base plates. Goes from mild to moderately aggressive
- Comes in a elegant package. This is a nice feature should you consider this as a present for someone
- There is also a stainless steel option – 6S. For the extra money, you will get a rustproof razor.
- The handle has good knurling providing excellent grip. Two finishes are available: white chrome and gunmetal
- Rockwell 6C is 3.5 oz / 100 g heavy and 3.7″ / 9.4 cm long. Good for all hand sizes with comfortable weight
What I like about Rockwell is that they brand themselves as high precision “no-nonsense military grade” tool. It is a refreshing angle. Most other brands go for the “luxurious” feel and fail miserably. While men like to be indulged occasionally, at the end of the day, we are talking about tools. We want our razors to give us a nice shave, leave our skin intact and to last more than a few years. And when you hold Rockwell, you get that feeling.
Rockwell 6C / 2C comes only in one size, and that size is pretty much perfect. The length is suitable for all men, no matter what is your hand size. And the weight is near that perfect equilibrium point for me which is 3.2 oz / 90 g.
Weight: 3.5 oz / 100g
Length: 3.7″ / 9.4 cm
Made in U.S / China (It is a U.S company, but 6C is assembled in China)
How Does It Feel In Your Hand
Rockwell 6C and 2C are the same model, but 2C comes with only one base plate. Both models have the same nice handle. It is long enough for men who have bigger hands as well comfortable for those who have the average hand size.
The handle is chromed zamak (pot metal) with very good knurling. Overall finish is superb and you get a good grip even when your hands are wet and covered with lather.
It seems that this day and age men prefer heavier razors. Razors used to weigh less or near 2.5 oz / 70 g. But now most new razors inch closer to 3.5 oz / 100 g, as is Rockwell 6C. Is it good or bad? Neither! It adds little to the overall aggressiveness. Mostly it comes down to your preference. Some enjoy the weight and some don’t. There are shavers out there who argue that you shouldn’t feel your razor when using it. And then there are those who enjoy the constant reminder that they are holding a sharp tool in their hand. So there is no correct answer – each his own.
What About The Design
Rockwell 6C / 2C (and also 6S – stainless steel model) is an adjustable three-piece closed comb double edge safety razor. 6C comes with three different base plates: 1/3, 2/4 and 5/6 while 2C comes only with one: 1/3. Each number represents a degree of aggressiveness. It means that by flipping and switching the base plates, you can achieve different levels of aggressiveness. 1/3 is the mildest plate and 5/6 most aggressive.
To flip a plate is not my idea of an adjustable razor. As there is no “international shaving terminology” who am I to argue with this definition. For me, an adjustable razor is Merkur Futur, Merkur Progress or Parker Variant. But I have to admit that you can adjust how aggressive you want your razor to be so in the sense of the word it is correct.
Do leave semantics behind Rockwell is one excellent razor. In every plate, you have two numbers. So three reversible base-plates adds up to 6 different levels of aggressiveness. The number displayed on the bottom of the plate is the level you’re shaving with.
Will It Shave?
Now, this is the make-or-brake question. No fancy package or gimmick will compensate if the razor doesn’t do what it is supposed to do. Well, Rockwell doesn’t disappoint. It gives a very smooth and efficient shave.
First plate (plate A – 1/3) with #1 and #3 is very mild. #1 almost doesn’t cut anything while #3 is similar to Edwin Jagger 89 or Merkur 34C. The second plate (plate B – 2/4) is mild as well but starts to crank it up a notch. #2 is similar to # 1, almost no cutting happening but #4 feels just right. #4 is a tad more aggressive than #3 giving you one efficient shave. Third plate (plate C – 5/6) with #5 and #6 is the most aggressive. The plate seems to be comparable to setting 5 on most other adjustable razors such as the Parker Variant or Merkur Progress. Giving you very close shave while being moderately aggressive.
Most users end up using only one plate. This I suspect is partly because it is rather annoying to switch the base plates during shaving. Plate B will be most likely your daily driver. Number #4 is excellent for everyday use. Plate C with its #5 and #6 are most suitable for those times when you “forgot” to shave 2-3 days.
Comparison: Rockwell 6C vs. 6S
I had trouble finding a suitable comparison for Rockwell razor. The design is unique and to compare it with other adjustable safety razors didn’t seem right also. So I chose another Rockwell razor – 6S.
Rockwell 6S is the same razor as 6C, but the difference lies in the materials. 6C is made out of pot metal and covered with chrome. Most modern razors are made this way. What makes 6S different is that it is made out stainless steel.
What are the benefits of stainless steel? The worst enemy of most safety razors is corrosion. While high-grade zamak (pot metal) is more resilient than lower grade and quality chrome plating lasts a long time, the fact remains that it is susceptible to rust. Should you drop your razor or damage the plating in any other way it can start to rust. And once that kicks in it is a matter of time till your razor fails. Stainless steel, on the other hand, doesn’t. This makes the razor very durable and you can turn it into a family heirloom.
This added value comes with a price. Stainless steel razors are usually more expensive than zamak (pot metal) and brass made ones. But if you put it into financial terms, the ROI (return on investment) is high as you most like don’t need to buy another razor in your life.
There is one more thing that sets those two razors apart. Both are the same size, but 6S is heavier. It is 4.2 oz / 118 grams making it .7 oz / 18 g lighter. Also 6S comes only in Matte finish, there is no polished stainless steel model available currently like Feather AS-D2
To summarize the key differences:
- 6S is made of stainless steel. This makes it rustproof
- 6S is .7 oz / 18 g heavier compared to 6C
- 6S comes only in the matte finish. There is no polished version
- 6S is on the higher end of the budget
- Good ROI – return on investment
When I was writing this review, it was very hard to find something negative. I did nag about the design because, to be honest, I had to find something to nag about. If there is one thing that I would like to point out it is the time factor. The company has not been around enough time to really judge how well the razors are made. While the exterior looks very polished only time will tell how it lasts.
So if you are thinking about getting a safety razor, then Rockwell 6C is a very good option. It is beginner friendly as well good value for an experienced wet shaver. Model 2C comes only with one plate – 1/3, which is very mild and for this reason, I wouldn’t recommend it if you wish to buy an adjustable razor.