The Bundu Whackers are a new 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 was to collaborate with Andre from Grobler Cutlery to produce a handmade razor for under 2k. 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 in the input costs of these razors, the the coolness factor was not lost, these are some damn pretty creations and I personally prefer them over most vintage razors I have used, and also many of the new razors from larger manufacturers.
The feedback from these razors is exceptional, 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 learn 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 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 blade is made of Bohler k460 steel, it has been tempered and hardened to 61-63 RC, mostly to the higher end of the two perimeters The grind on the blade is half hollow but the size of the blade ensures you'll get better feedback than with most full hollow blades. This razor has scales made of Umboya that has been sanded and treated with a deep penetrating finish that seals and protects.
The blade is a lengthy 78 mm and measures 29 mm high (1 1/8) The blade has been "wet tested" and is shave ready, and only needs a light stropping before being used. This one whacks the scale to 95 grams, considering most vintage straights weigh around 30 to 40 grams, this is to be enjoyed by folks who like the tool to do the work, rather than controlled muscle movement, just glide this bad boy over your cheeks and it will slaughter your stubble
On account of its blade specifications and despite its 'agro' appearance, these razors prefers to be stropped very delicately, so treat it gently when on the leather. Like all steels, keep it dry and wipe all liquids and other contaminants immediately after use and keep your steel clean. Please oil the razor if not used for long periods of time or when you are living in an area with very high humidity.