This razor blade made from 52100 carbon steel and is fitted with streamlined Kudu horn scales that are pinned through a Kudu horn wedge with aluminium rod and 316 L stainless steel washers, the wedge-end of the razor has a glued wedge and pin with no washers. The steel is 6 mm thick on the spine and has a near wedge grind with a height of 25 mm, the razor weighs 107 grams and it is is shave ready. Hardness is dialed in at 62-63 HRC. The bevel angle is between 13 and 14 degrees.
This razor does not have a great grind, but it makes up for that in the shave, this is a very comfortable near-wedge. The razors sharpens flat on the stones as per 'normal' and no special methods are required if it needs to be honed, simply tape it up/not and let it rip. This razor also has a user friendly shaped blade and some cool dings and dents on the tang, making this an ugly duckling someone is going to be very fond of.
This razor has an overall length of 190 mm with the blade measuring 168 mm from toe to tang, and is suitable for chaps with large, to very large hands, a proper tank of a razor!
52100 steel is a little tougher than O1 toolsteel that we also use for these razors, so expect to spend a bit more time honing it to a great edge, but the reward is in the edge that retains its sharpness for longer than the O1.
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. 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 are individually 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.