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$2,000 Zafirro Titanium razor has sapphire blades

Super-sturdy razor is blasting the competition out of the water with titanium construction, sapphire blades, and a hefty price tag. It will make disposable razors whimper and go hide.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Zafirro Titanium razor
For $2,000, this had better give one heck of a close shave. Zafirro

The arms race among shaving razor manufacturers has been a lengthy and dramatic affair. Two blades. Aloe strips. Three blades. Batteries. Four blades. Thinner edges. Five blades!

Will the madness ever end? Nope. Upstart manufacturer Zafirro's Titanium razor is making all of those other razors cower with inadequacy.

Yes, it is made with actual titanium alloy. This is not just any titanium. It's the Grade 38 good stuff, used in demanding military applications. You can rest easy knowing your razor could hold up to the harsh conditions of combat.

The real gem in the razor's construction is the sapphire blades. No corrosion. No oxidation. The company lauds the durability, extreme thinness, and hypoallergenic nature of the blades.

I've been known to complain about the $4 cost of replacing the blade cartridge for my Venus razor. I'll shut up about it now after seeing the Titanium's $2,000 price tag. The initial production run of Titanium razors is already sold out, but you can get on the waiting list.

The Titanium is actually the cheap model in Zafirro's lineup. The Zafirro Gold is made with real 18-karat gold and costs $18,000. Even that can't hold a candle to the $100,000 limited-edition Zafirro Iridium. As you might have guessed, it's made with extremely rare iridium.

Here's my suggestion. Stop shaving. Grow out that beard. Set aside the money you would spend on razors. By the time everyone is asking you to play Santa Claus at the office holiday party, you'll have saved enough to buy a Zafirro.