The shave is made using a kit from Lee Valley and the wood came from a pallet. After working with it I decided it was poplar. It's finished with three coats of tung oil.
You may notice that the lines are not exactly those of the traditional shave in the background. I wanted this shave to have an aggressive look, almost evil. Here's another shot of the front.
The shape is not just for looks though. Ergonomics played a big roll in determining the way the shave was shaped. If you look at the grip that I use you can see that my fingers fit naturally on the shave in a way that they can't on the traditional shave.
On the back side those walnut plugs cover up a couple of nail holes. They also add a sort of 'thumbs go here' target reference.
Finally, here is that brass strip I was posting about earlier.
Yeah, I overdid the polishing, but I did get a nice, reflective surface.