The new and improved Rockwell 6s has arrived and although I only have a handful of shaves in with it, using the #3 plate, it is pretty straightforward.
The razor itself arrived well packed, in a tin with foam cut outs to secure the razor and plates. The handle itself rested slightly on the two plates so there was some slight scuffing but nothing major or that would impact use. I do think they should likely revisit that and place something or otherwise adjust as it could be easily avoided.
Finish is solid if not quite perfect. The edge of one side of the cap has some striations [see 3rd pic] and the plates also exhibit some slight imperfections but the handle appears 100%. The imperfections don't bother me, whereas normally things like that would but it seems from the molding process itself.
The razor itself is Heavy. Yes, that's a capital H. I very much like the heft and the knurling on the handle has a very pleasant feel. Seems balanced quite well as I loaded a blade and flipped the plate. Note: the number showing is the corresponding blade gap; 1 being mildest, 6 being most aggressive. I split the middle with the #3 as mentioned and the blade loaded evenly without the slightest trouble.
Blade angle was intuitive and easy to find on shaving and I found the #3 to be quite efficient, even on trouble areas such as the neck. There seemed to be some very mild chatter but not enough to seriously impact the shave in any way and I reserve further comment on this until I have used it more and also try out some of my go to blades [I grabbed a Crystal as I have not used one in ages].
Things I would change:
I like lather channels on the SB and the Rockwell doesn't have; it likely may be tough or impossible based on the reversible plate but it would be nice to have
Other than the previously mentioned packing, that's it.
Customer service experience was to notch. General status questions on shipment etc. were replied to very promptly and on arrival the razor included some Rockwell blades to try as well. I never expect this type of thing but it is always a great surprise when an artisan or vendor throws something else in the box.
Overall: at $79 this iteration is a great way to pick up a SS razor. The quality is solid and the shaves very efficient. Add the flexibility of the various plates and you have a very nice razor on your hands at a killer price point.