How much can you pay to acquire a razor just to have a clean shave? Well, the world’s most expensive razor is $100,000 (N36 million). It has two blades made out of sapphire. It is called iridium razor. The company that manufactured the blades claim they will remain sharp for about a year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Source: Daily Mail