Snagged a RR Game changer with my choice of radio knob handle.
Razorock Game Changer stainless steel CNC milled safety razor with the radio knob handle
Determined not to miss out – I had an alarm for 5:30 am IST a full hour before the slated 6:30 am IST / 9 PM EDT release announced by Razorock Joe on his twitter handle.
The last three months have seen a lot of excitement build up in the wet shaving circles for the impending release of this much talked about razor. Prototype heads were already doing pass arounds on several wet shaving forums and many well known wet shaving personalities who were passed around the head praised the razor lavishly on their YouTube channels. Nickshaves, iamcdb and many more. Iamcdb also compared the GC head with that of the elusive elitist Wolfmann razor head which recently announced a price hike to $500 per razor and an indefinite wait time for their turn to come up in the wait list.
The Game changer is true to its name and aims to provide an affordable $50 razor with quality and precision so far available in razors 5x-8x that price.
I woke up an hour before and anxiously waited and kept refreshing the Game changer product page for the “Add to Cart” button to go live.
Some 45 minutes before, the sign up page was changed to the product page with handle options drop down, but all showing “sold out” as it was not time yet. The countdown had started !
The 316L SS Barberpole handle, the knurled Radio knob handle (my preference) and the bamboo handle were available in the drop down list.
I already have a few of the amazing barberpole and the bamboo handles. The knurled radio knob is a new one for me.
Not to waste time, I logged in to my account on the italianbarber.com site and added a few other amazing products like a second copy of the “SLAB” (Shave like a boss) aggressive razor with the barber pole handle, two more radio knob stand alone handles as replacement for some razor heads whose handles I don’t particularly like, the combo classic blue fougere bundle of soap and AS, a Proraso shave mug and the green Proraso after shave for tackling the Indian summer !
Sharp at 9 PM EDT, the much anticipated “Add to cart” button went live. I quickly added the radio knob handle razor to my already prepared cart, hastily hit checkout and used PayPal with the telephone number already copied to my phone memory for pasting when it returns back for order confirmations. I had rehearsed this purchase and planned it down to every possible detail. This was one deal no one or nothing would stop me from buying. Thanks to PayPal and a very response IB site, within seconds, the deed was done and saw the beautiful “Your Order is confirmed” popup on my mobile.
Months of waiting, refreshing the Italianbarber.com product page day and night, carefully following Razorock Twitter and Instagram profiles and many forums with discussions on the razor, for any hints or signs of the release date. All the hard work and persistence paid off and I have a confirmed order for the Game Changer in the first wave !
Relieved and a happy man (without breaking the bank), I stayed on line on the game changer product page to see how fast the razors go. I guess a 1000 plus razors may have been on sale with many thousands who had signed up for an email notification.
The barberpole handle sold out in 3 minutes flat, next the bamboo version in 15 minutes and finally the Radio knob handle razors sold out in the next 45 minutes after the bamboo version sold out ! All gone in less than an hour.
Twitter and shave forums were full of mixed chatter of excitement and frustation. Some excited to have snagged a GC, some happy to have snagged one but not their preferred handle and some who lost out on buying one as they were waiting for an email notification and perhaps didn’t anticipate the overwhelming rush of fans to buy this razor.
For the last set of people, I say – they missed out on a milestone in the wetshaving world. Joe would make enough razors to satisfy the market demand which could take several months but the first wave is always the most exciting.
This is a razor for the ones who believed in it, toiled for it by following Twitter and the website for release dates and spent several hours browsing the wet shaving forums and YouTube channels which added a cult status to this razor even before it’s release. Those lucky ones were chosen by the Game changer to be in the first lot buys. It wasn’t for those who waited for email notifications or were waiting casually for one more razor to enter the market.
No sir ! This razor chose who own it and one needs to persevere to be on this list of chosen ones. It’s a razor with a soul and one which will be rarely seen on buy / sell forums.
The razor, each with a unique personalised serial number very much chose it’s master much like the Mountain Banshee in the movie Avatar; who the Na’avi are required to create a binding as a passage of rite for their clan. The Na’avi must toil for it and are rewarded with a life long bond if chosen by the great flying bird.
Joe and his team from Italianbarber will be busy sending out those packages come Monday and it won’t be long before the shave reviews start pouring in on forums and YouTube. I’ll be writing my own here !
Meanwhile some eye-candy from the Italian Barber GC product page.