RazoRock BLACK HAWK Single Edge Razor
The RazoRock Hawk project has been on-going for a very long time. We started with big dreams of wanting to make an affordable Single-Edge (SE) razor but it was easier dreamt than done. These Artist Club style SE blades are different than a double-edge blade and require a razor to be precisely manufactured in order to get the blade lined up perfectly every time; this required the razor to be made using CNC machining versus other less expensive casting processes and finding the right machining partner that could make the razor (at our target cost) took much longer than anticipated. We went through a few partners that originally agreed but later changed their mind after they realized the work involved and the precision required. We finally got it done and we are very happy with the result and the final retail price. Currently, there are two other companies selling CNC machined SE razors, one company sells them for $59, the other sells them for $100.
The RazoRock Hawk is CNC machined from 6061 billet and rod aluminum. It's finished in two variations, satin silver and black anodizing. Aluminum was chosen for two reasons; reason number one, it's much lighter, bringing the overall weight of the razor down. These Artist Club style blades are very sharp and a lighter razor gives the user more control over the aggression of the shave; reason number two, aluminum is much faster and less expensive to machine and also less expensive to finish. We felt that a lot of gents were being priced out of the market with the razors from our competitors and we wanted to offer an affordable alternative.
I want to make a quick and clear point about cost. Please do NOT expect perfection with these razors. Although the quality is extremely high, the razor probably will not be absolutely 100% perfect. They are machined and finished to a high user grade, not a jewel piece, the odd mark or blemish can be expected. Keep in mind you are buying a machined razor for $20-25 and nobody else offers such a thing. In all honesty, I'm not 100% sure we'll be able to keep the price this low on future batches because we added steps along the way that increased our cost; profit on these razors, after everything is factored in, is almost non existent. If you are looking for or expecting jewel quality, this probably isn't the razor for you.
*If you have never shaved with an SE razor before, I urge you to start slowly and not to apply excessive pressure with the razor. The SE blades are thicker, sharper and more rigid than a double-edge blade and they require a bit of a learning curve. Use the razor for 12-15 shaves in a row before judging whether you like SE shaving or not. If you want to begin with training wheels, consider starting with the FEATHER Pro Guard Blade.
**When assembling the razor and threading the handle on the post, please make sure not to apply excessive force because aluminum is softer than steel and can cross-thread and be damaged much easier. Aluminum on aluminum can squeak and be a little rough, you can apply a drop of mineral oil to the threads for smoother operation, if desired. When screwing on the handle with a blade inserted, I strongly urge you to hold the razor head inside a thick towel just in case it slips. BLADES ARE SHARP, so take great care when changing the blade in your razor!
Weight: ~1.4 oz
Handle: 90 mm long and 12 mm in diameter
- FEATHER Professional Blade (aka Artist Club Professional)
- FEATHER Pro Guard Blade (aka Artist Club Pro Guard)
- KAI Captain Titan Mild (aka KAI Pinks)
- KAI Captain Titan Mild Protouch MG Blade (guarded blade)
FEATHER Professional Super Blades will also work but make the razor very aggressive and I would not recommend them. FEATHER Professional LIGHT blades will not work in the Hawk.
*The RazoRock Hawk razors do NOT come with blades, all blades are purchased seperately. See the fourth photograph in the listing for the three types of blades I recommend.