$12,300
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
69
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 24 2015
$12,300
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
69
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 24 2015

About

Thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign. We are excited to bring Blackbird to life, but realize that our pricing is unsustainable so we are cancelling this campaign to focus on lowering costs. Unnecessary costs will be eliminated to make the Blackbird razor more affordable without sacrificing quality. Blackbird will relaunch on Kickstarter on August 1st.

Sign up for updates and more information regarding the campaign here: http://www.blacklandrazors.com/kickstarter/

Men lead hectic lives. We wake up early, go to bed late, and fill every minute in between with responsibilities. With so much to do we rarely allow time for ourselves. We deserve a few minutes to slow down and prepare for the onslaught of a busy day. It’s time we throw away our canned shaving cream, stop using overpriced plastic razors, and wet shave like our grandfathers used to. With the right tools and technique, shaving can be transformed from just another chore into a morning routine to relish. Blackbird was designed as a tool to elevate the ritual of wet shaving with performance and quality to match its beautiful aesthetics.

Blackbird is a safety razor machined from solid stainless steel right here in the United States. Its design is inspired by the iconic SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. Like its namesake, the Blackbird safety razor combines sleek curves with sharp angles and a black finish.

Blackbird is machined to incredibly tight tolerances from 303 stainless steel, ensuring proper blade alignment. The heft of stainless steel and a unique head angle guarantee an effortless, mild, and highly efficient shave.

We've made two different handles for Blackbird to give you two ways to enjoy one great shave. The short version is 70mm for superior maneuverability. The long version is 101mm long for better balance and grip.

Choose the handle which best suits you or get them both and swap when you please.

Blackbird works with any standard double edge razor blade. Fine machining and a slot and tab head design ensure proper blade alignment for a beautiful, consistent shave.

Blackbird is finished in black oxide, the same finish used on firearm barrels. We wanted Blackbird to have a truly unique look so we chose a finish that would add character and allow some of the machine marks to show through rather than have a flat, solid black finish. Black oxide is beautifully imperfect with slight color variations throughout the finished surface. Unlike coatings which bond to the surface, black oxide is a chemical conversion process which means it adds no thickness and won't chip or flake off. Instead, it will age and wear gracefully over time, developing a patina truly unique to each owner.

We also understand that the black oxide finish isn't for everyone. That's why we've decided to offer Blackbird in a beautiful, brushed stainless finish. Backers interested in this finish should select from the standard rewards. After the campaign is over, a survey will be sent to backers, allowing them to choose their preferred finish.

Like all uncoated stainless steel safety razors, it is recommended to remove the razor blade often to prevent surface rust from occurring where the razor meets the blade.

Each razor ships in a beautiful solid cherry hinged box. The boxes are CNC milled to perfectly fit your razor and laser engraved with the Blackland name.

Every bathroom counter could use a little improvement. Proudly show off your razor and favorite brush with this beautiful cherry stand with acrylic brush hook. The stand is compatible with any safety razor handle less than 15mm in diameter. The brush hook is 1.25" in diameter and .25" thick.

My name is Shane Swartzlander and I founded Blackland in 2015. I’m not a designer or engineer by trade. My passion for wet shaving and love of making things motivated me to create a safety razor as a fun project. What began as a hobby eventually evolved into an obsession. Over the past year, I’ve spent countless hours studying engineering and learning the intricacies of creating a fine razor. When I began this project, I had no expectations of actually bringing my design to market. But, once I began shaving with the razor myself, I realized I had created something others might also enjoy. After several prototypes and many mistakes and frustrations, the Blackbird safety razor was born.

Production is scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2015 with packaging and shipping to be completed by the end of October 2015.

Risks and challenges

We have partnered with competent manufacturers in the USA to minimize the risks of quality defects and delays. The hands-on nature of quality control during machining ensures that there won’t be widespread manufacturing defects. As with many Kickstarter projects, the primary challenge will be shipping our product on schedule. We’ve allowed additional production time in case of delays, but unforeseen issues are still a possibility. Most importantly, any problems or delays will always be openly and honestly shared with backers.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Thank you!

    For helping bring Blackbird to life, you'll receive one love-filled postcard and our forever thanks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    Razor and Brush Stand
    You will receive one brush and razor stand made of solid cherry wood and acrylic.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $155 or more About $155

    Early Bird: The Blackbird Safety Razor
    One Blackbird razor enclosed in a solid cherry wood box.
    Choice of either the 70 mm. or 101 mm. handle.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 49 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $170 or more About $170

    The Blackbird Safety Razor

    One Blackbird razor enclosed in a solid cherry wood box.
    Choice of either the 70mm or 101mm handle.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $205 or more About $205

    Combo Pack

    One Blackbird razor enclosed in a solid cherry wood box, accompanied by a matching razor stand.
    Choice of either the 70mm or 101mm handle.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $215 or more About $215

    Blackbird with Both Handles

    One Blackbird razor enclosed in a solid cherry wood box.
    Plus you receive both the 70mm and 101mm handles.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $235 or more About $235

    Early Bird: The Everything Package
    One Blackbird razor enclosed in a solid cherry wood box
    and accompanied by a matching razor stand.
    Plus you recieve both the 70mm and 101mm handles.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 11 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    The Everything Package

    One Blackbird razor enclosed in a solid cherry wood box
    and accompanied by a matching razor stand.
    Plus you recieve both the 70mm and 101mm handles.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)