This Whacker is fitted with scales made from Kudu horn, the specific section used for this particular razor was the very end (sharp tip) of the horn. This beautiful species of antelope can be found from South to east Africa. They have huge horns with long curls, and the bulls can become quite spectacular with a single horn that can reach close to 2 meters when 'straightened out' ! The scales are held together by a horn wedge. The wide, rough edged steel is 6 mm thick under the thumb, making the need for jimps to improve grip obsolete. The blade has a height of 28 mm and the razor weighs 100 grams, it has a half hollow grind with a 6 mm spine thickness that ensures this beast has lots of meat to work with, the razor is shave ready. Hardness is dialed in at 61-63 HRC. Cold hard steel over your cheeks with horns in your hands....epic!
This razor is a 'slow stropper' the handles are very comfortable during the shave, but the natural curve in the horn makes stropping fast quite difficult, so keep this in mind when considering buying this razor. I'd suggest slow strokes to avoid shredding your leather.
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.
Humidity is your razors's number one enemy, dry properly after use and oil when stored for prolonged periods or when in high humidity environments.