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A shaving razor made from meteorite metal and sapphire blades has gone on sale – for more than £60,000.

The $100,000 Zafirro Iridium features solid white sapphire blades which the company claims will "last forever".

They are sharpened using high-energy, ionized particles to create an edge less than 100 atoms in width, 5,000 times smaller than the width of a hair.

While the handle is made primarily from iridium, one of the rarest and strongest metals in existence.

Apart from the extended life, the blades offer additional advantages over conventional steel blades; they are hypoallergenic, impervious to oxidation and corrosion, and very sharp.

Iridium, derived almost exclusively from meteorites, is 10 times more rare than platinum. It is primarily used by the aerospace industry for components such as rocket engines where durability is critical.

It is so rare that the company will produce only 99 of the Iridium line.

"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 Hayden Hamilton, CEO of the Portland, Oregon-based company.

"We utilised 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."


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