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A $100,000 razor? Damn, that had better be one close shave.
above photo by Leah Verwey
The Zafirro Iridium razor is custom made from the strongest, purest, and most durable materials available anywhere. The handle centerpiece is crafted of Iridium, a rare metal - ten times rarer than platinum - and the most corrosion-resistant metal known. Iridium is frequently used in rocket components because it can withstand temperatures as high as 2000 degrees celsius and is one of the most durable substances found on earth.
The sapphire blades are hypoallergenic, oxidization and corrosion resistant and Zafirro claims that due to their sharpening process using ionized particles, are five thousand times thinner than a human hair.
The pure platinum screws, engraved serial numbers and the option for a personal monogram add to the exclusivity of the razor, of which only 99 will be produced.
The following text is from the manufacturer:
Introducing Zafirro Iridium
How do you inaugurate a new era of technology – not an incremental step forward, but a quantum leap: from vacuum tubes to transistors, CB radios to the iPhone? The introduction of the first razor with sapphire blades poses that challenge. The Zafirro Iridium is our answer. Utilizing expertise in fields as varied as rocket engine manufacturing, nanotechnology, and particle physics, the Zafirro Iridium combines some of the rarest, strongest, and most technically advanced materials in existence. The resulting combination of exotic materials pushes the boundaries of technology while creating an aesthetic that could be the centerpiece of a gallery collection.
Due to the rarity of the materials, and the expense associated with manufacturing, production of the Iridium line is extremely limited.
Pure Sapphire Blades
The result of years of R&D, utilizing experts from around the world, our solid white sapphire blades launch a new era of shaving. Hypoallergenic, impervious to oxidation and corrosion, and an order of magnitude more durable than any other shaving blade.
Zafirro sapphire blades are sharpened using high-energy, ionized particles creating a blade edge less than 100 atoms across, or 5000 times thinner than a human hair.
10 Year Blade Life Guarantee
Zafirro provides complementary servicing and professional cleaning for Iridium customers, as well as resharpening if necessary, to make sure your razor remains one of the most advanced and finely tuned consumer products. Ten years of servicing is included.
Pure Iridium Centerpiece
The razor handle centerpiece is 99.95% pure iridium, the strongest and densest functional metal on the planet, mainly derived from meteorites, and 10 times more rare than platinum. One of the primary uses of iridium has been rocket engine components because of its extreme durability.
Pure Platinum Screws
The platinum hexagonal screws on the Zafirro Iridium are custom machined to extremely tight tolerances on CNC Swiss screw micromachines designed for advanced biotech applications. The screws are 99.95% pure platinum, a far higher purity than most expensive jewelry.
Due to the limited global supply of iridium and the expense associated with manufacturing, only 99 of the Iridium line will be made. Each razor is engraved with a serial number to ensure authenticity, and can be monogrammed to your specifications.
Limited Edition of 99, price $100,000.00 (£62,631)
To order you must contact them by e-mail
UPDATE: Zafirro Gold is now also available. The same razor only crafted of titanium and 18k gold in limited quantities. $18,000.00
Zafirro is a Bright Light Ventures company. The Bright Light team has dedicated the majority of the last three and a half years to the research and development required to bring this new technology to market. Expertise in fields as varied as rocket engine manufacturing, nanotechnology, and particle physics were required as well as manufacturing and technology expertise from around the world. Zafirro is now an independent company but will continue to draw on the Bright Light team’s expertise and resources as it grows and expands its product line.
all images courtesy of Zafirro