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This $100,000 razor is made of meteorites, has just two blades

Updated: June 22, 2011 12:03 PM EDT
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By Jeffrey Van Camp
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What can you buy for $100,000 dollars? Well, if you're a journalist, you're probably used to living for 3-4 years on that amount of money or if you're a parent, you may consider using it to put a kid through college. But for the monetarily inclined and highly vain readers in our audience, may we suggest this lovely $100,000 shaving razor? The Zafirro Iridium is the world's most expensive razor, with a body made of iridium and two blades made out of sapphire. 99 are being manufactured.

For those who haven't studied the periodic table lately (I'm sure you can hire somebody to do that for you), Iridium is one of the rarest and strongest metals–so rare, in fact, that it mostly comes from meteorites. Complimenting this wonderfully expensive body are two screws that are made from pure platinum and two sapphire blades, which are supposedly so sharp that the edge of the blade is only 100 atoms thick, or 5,000 times smaller than the width of a hair. We can only hope that you'll never have to buy replacement blades. We can only imagine how much replacement blades cost, assuming they come in packs of four like other blades do.

"Our goal in founding Zafirro was to take a quantum leap forward in razor technology, to build the sharpest blade ever made and make it last forever," said Zafirro CEO Hayden Hamilton. "To launch our new blades, our aim was to create one of the most impressive consumer products ever made, something that could be equally at home in a Smithsonian technology exhibit or a MOMA design exhibition. We utilized expertise in fields as varied as rocket manufacturing, nanotechnology, and particle physics, to combine some of the rarest, strongest, and most technologically advanced materials in existence."

Though Zafirro makes no mention of Gillette, it's clear that the company is seeking to undo years of hard marketing by the 100+ year-old brand. If the general public gets wind that two blades is better than five, the Zafirro Iridium could upend the entire shaving industry. This is, of course, assuming that at least one person buys this ridiculously expensive grooming item. It will probably be the guy who bought this wallet.

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