This Whacker is fitted with Rooiboswilg scales and now sports a blade shape that will be duplicated on a few future razors. The tang and heel design ensures this razor sits very comfortable in hand, despite its fairly heavy weight. This is a solid and the near wedge grind makes it mow stubble like something on rampage! The blade has a working area of about 65 mm, with an overall razor length of 165 mm in the closed position. The blade has a height of 28 mm and weighs 104 grams, and has a half hollow grind, a 6 mm spine ensures this beast has lots of meat to work with, the razor will do the work ambitiously as long as the master guides it well...
The barbers notch looks great on this design, and on this particular model it is mostly cosmetic as the rear end of the scales swoops up high and gobbles up nearly all of the point, including the notch, traditionally used as a means to open a closed razor.
The Rooiboswilg is a species of wood that is new to me, but boy does it have some beautiful patterns! We wil definitely be cutting more scales from these from the few stompies we have.
The Bundu Whacker is range of razors that are meant to fill a void in the market, and as with many new product lines, cost to customer was the biggest criteria. Our main aim is to collaborate with Andre from Grobler Cutlery to produce a handmade razor for around 2-3 k. Off course we had to limit the time spent on fit and finish, but believe us when we say these razors are going to find regular use from novice and experienced shavers alike because they shave well and are very comfortable in hand. Despite the limitations we had on allowable input costs of these razors, the coolness factor was certainly not lost, these are some damn pretty creations and I personally prefer them over most vintage razors I have used, and even some new razors from larger manufacturers. They are all created from raw materials and unique in appearance.
The feedback from these razors is mostly quite good, a couple of factors such as grind type, the thickness of the blade, blade shape and blade size are some of the factors that will increase or lessen the audible feedback from cutting your beard. If you are new to straight razor shaving please note that feedback from a blade is NOT to be interpreted as a blunt blade, many first timers may think so, or may even be intimidated by the sound of hair getting slashed, but one learns to appreciate it fairly quickly. Razor feedback adds an additional dimension (hearing/sound) that will provide valuable information as you get to know your razor. One such advantage is to be able to identify where the razor keeps on running over freshly cut stubble without it seeming to cut all of it , this is a clear indication that you need to change the direction of your shave (or stretch your skin) if you want to get a very smooth shave, in all likeliness your hair is growing in directions where going across or against it is required to get smooth as a cue ball.
The razor is shave ready, lather up and see her dance!