June 21, 2011

Atomically Sharp: The Zafirro Iridium

Just when you thought razors couldn't get any better, along comes a shaving device which is truly worthy of being called 'space age': The Zafirro Iridium.

The Iridium has a solid sapphire blade sharpened to 80 atoms wide (human hair is 5000 times wider than that), one which is impervious to corrosion or oxidation and which stays sharp longer than any other blade. The blade is attached to the handle with precision machined 99.95% pure platinum screws (a purity higher than most jewelry).

The handle of the Iridium is made from, what else, iridium. 99.95% pure iridium, to be precise. An element ten times rarer than platinum, and one of the strongest, densest materials on the planet. In fact, most of it comes from meteorites. You don't get to say "My razor handle is made from meteorites." very often...

The Iridium also comes with 10 years of servicing, cleaning, and sharpening if necessary.

And it's beautiful.

The catch: This is a limited edition - only 99 of these being produced - and the price is $100,000. But for the discerning shaver, that shouldn't be a barrier...

Check it out here, if only to drool over: The Zafirro Iridium

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Posted by Derek Markham at June 21, 2011 12:16 PM
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The breakthrough here is not the fancy schmancy handle; it is the blade, made from synthetic sapphire, which presumably can be made a lot cheaper in volume production after they work out the bugs and gain more experience.

Can this blade be manufactured cheaply enough for Joe Sixpack to afford one, considering the savings he'll reap from not buying replacement blades over the expected lifetime of one of these blades? That is what will decide whether this is the biggest breakthrough in shaving technology since the multi-blade cartridge or just a toy for the insanely rich.

I thought the next big breakthrough in shaving technology was going to be ceramic blades, but maybe it will be sapphire blades instead.

Posted by: FredTownWard at June 27, 2011 12:04 PM
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