The world’s most expensive razor has gone on sale for $100,000 (£62,460) – boasting two blades made out of sapphire.
Researchers spent three years developing the Zafirro Iridium, which has a handle made of 99.9 per cent pure iridium – the most corrosion-resistant platinum metal, found only in meteorites.
The two blades are made from white sapphire grown at a former Soviet Union lab in Ukraine.
Close shave: The two blades are made from white sapphire grown at a former Soviet Union lab in Ukraine
They are just 80 atoms thick on their cutting edge – around 1/10,000th or 5,000 times thinner the width of a hair and far sharper than any of common blades on the market.
Just 99 Zafirro Iridiums will be made by American manufacturer Bright Light Ventures.
The company claims the sapphire blades will stay sharp for about a year and offer complimentary cleaning and re-sharpening for an entire decade.
A spokesman said: ‘Each Zafirro Iridium is custom made from the strongest, purest, and most durable materials available anywhere.
Expensive price tag: The Zafirro Iridium is being sold for $100,000 and only 99 of them will be made by the American manufacturer
‘Every component is designed to last for generations.’
The company claims it has used experience gained in fields such as rocket engine manufacturing, nanotechnology and particle physics to have created the new blade.
Each will be engraved with a serial number and monogrammed to the individual client’s specifications.
The inflated price tag is due to rare and expensive materials used for the handle and screws, all made of platinum.
Shaving technology: The blades are housed in a medical-grade stainless steel cartridge with the cartridge is held in place by 16 neodymium magnets
Iridium, usually used in space rockets, is ten times rarer than platinum and highly resistant to heat so theoretically it can be dropped it into lava, and it will not melt.
The blades are housed in a medical-grade stainless steel cartridge with the cartridge is held in place by 16 neodymium magnets.
Bright Light Founder Hayden Hamilton also plans to introduce an entry-level model that costs about the same as a compact car.