The firm Zafirro was associated for many years with Oregon’s American Bright Light Ventures Group, a business conglomerate with its hands in fields as diverse as rocket engine manufacturing, nanotechnology and physics. Now, as an independent business, the brand has expanded its product line worldwide. One of its creations is the unique Zafirro Iridium, a cutting edge razor made from a rare and scarce metal, iridium, featuring sapphire blades. More on state-of-the-arts technology and gadgets.
The razor’s handle and body are made of 99.95 percent pure iridium, the strongest, densest and most durable metal found in our planet, which originates mainly from meteorites. In fact, iridium is used as a rocket engine component for its extreme durability and resistance to corrosion and high temperatures. Meanwhile, the hex screws of the razor are made from pure platinum and have been assembled using equipment designed for advanced biotechnology applications.
After more than three years of research, and the development of hundreds of prototypes, the company patented the first sapphire blades. Sharpened with high-energy ionized particles, these white sapphire blades acquire an edge so sharp that according to its makers is 5,000 times thinner than a human hair.
The blades are manufactured at a former Soviet lab in the Ukraine and packaged in a stainless steel medical grade cartridge attached by 16 neodymium magnets. They are hypoallergenic, impervious to oxidation and corrosion and, if properly treated, can last a lifetime.
Zafirro offers a complete list of services, which include a complimentary professional cleaning of the shaver for Iridium customers, as well as sharpening the blades when needed. The company also offers 20 years of personalized service.
Due to the limited supply of iridium and the costs associated with manufacturing the razors, only 99 units will be produced. Each will be engraved with a serial number to ensure authenticity, and the customer will have the option of having a personal monogram engraved, adding exclusivity to the product.
Because of its unique characteristics, the Zafirro Iridium is the most modern, luxurious and exclusive razor on the market today. It is also the most expensive. The price? 100,000. ■