Such Smooth Balls: A Hair Razor That Cuts With A Laser

September 30, 2015


The Skarp Laser Razor is a $190 razor that cuts hair with a laser instead of a blade. It's an already funded Kickstarter campaign (they've collected more than $2,000,000 with an intial goal of $160,000), presumably because people are tired of nicking their balls trying to shave them to impress a lover. How does it work? GOOD QUESTION. An even better question: WILL it work?

Wavelengths of light had already been discovered that could cut through dark hair, but finding a way to cut light hair was proving incredibly difficult.

After years of research & development, they discovered a chromophore in the hair that would be cut when hit with a particular light wavelength.

Chromophores are particles that absorb certain wavelengths (colors) of light.

This chromophore they identified is shared by every human, regardless of age, gender or race.

I'm just curious to see how well it works once it's out (allegedly shipping March 2016). Because $190 is a steal to never have to buy or throw away another razor again. The laser is supposed to last 50,000 hours, run on a single AA battery that lasts a month with normal use, and can be used just as fast if not faster than a regular razor. Is this really the future? Why was there only one second of questionable laser hair-cutting featured in the video? Why does everybody involved with the product have a beard? I smell something fishy. Just kidding, I smell hair burning.

Keep going for their Kickstarter video, and, for the record, they say say the laser isn't actually burning the hair so it won't smell.

Thanks to Geoff, sam and PVLV, who shave the old fashioned way: with a sharpened rock. Okay now you guys are hardcore.

  • BriteSkittle

    If this product can prevent the 5 oclock shadow on my legs after EVERY shave, I'm game

  • heretikeen

    Let's get that 2 million first. We can always think of a solution to this whole "laser that doesn't burn" thing later.

  • timeiskey

    better not be able to intercalate between base pairs or else its going to be a cancer fest

  • Billy Rocka

    Maybe it's the weed but when I read "laser razor" it made me giggle.

    On the other hand, at first sight (and without reading) I thought these were pens with golf putter caps.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    They clearly don't have a single working prototype... Not really very promising. This looks like it will be great in about 5 years.

  • GeneralDisorder

    So... yes, lots of razors end up disposed but that's because of that douchebag Gillette coming up with the idea of loss leader product and selling disposable "comfort blades".

    I have a 50 year old safety razor I bought in a thrift shop and I could buy 100 of the best blades money can buy for about $20 to $40 (that's Feather. So sharp some enthusiasts cut a wine cork before using them but not me and my lumberjack beard... I put on a fresh Feather and go in dry! EXTREME!!). The blades are recyclable in theory as long as you can safely handle them and get them to the melting pot they can be turned into another steel alloy and used for something else. I also keep old blades on hand for things like lancing boils and pimples or for trimming dead skin off of blisters (it was especially useful when I burned my hand and had blisters on two fingers and a thumb last winter).

    So "there's got to be a better way"... Well, there is. A straight razor is the best option when properly stropped and cared for. A safety razor is second. This thing is ranked somewhere in my book between shaving with a loaded firearm and shaving by getting cancer and losing your hair to chemo.

    Of course shaving with paraffin torches ranks better than using those stupid 5 blade sex toys they came out with recently and ranks quite a bit better than the best electric razor I've ever seen.

  • Ozolz .

    I cant golf with these. Pass.

  • Gorm m

    could the laser penetrate the skin and cut the hairs sub-dermaly giving you ingrown hairs?

  • GeneralDisorder

    Since the laser burns the hair I don't think it would cause ingrown hairs. I'm no dermatologist (can't even spell it... good looking out spellcheck) nor laser technician so take this with a grain or block of salt.

  • Mike Harper

    I won't take this seriously until they have 3-5 lasers on it.

  • Jenness

    hahaha good one

  • TheQiwiMan

    Get back to me when they invent one of these that makes the hair-removal permanent.

  • Nico Horst

    There are light guns witch do that already....

  • TheQiwiMan

    There are? Spooky! ..but what if I'm too scared to deal with anything Wiccan?

  • archer923

    Agreed. You'd think it be easy to figure that one out. Since the body loves to do that by itself.

  • The_Wretched

    Looks like they should have been able to get funding from the private ventures people.

  • Luka Mlinar

    This is a good point.

  • Luka Mlinar

    I love the idea of this but seeing how just about no one in the video had a clean shave is disconcerting to say the least.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Not to mention the founder/spokesman/inventor (fuck-all red faced guy) looks like he's been shaving with a blowtorch. I'll take razor burn over laser burn any day.

  • Gilbert

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that...

    I'd believe it works if the guy with the full beard swiped it down his face and it worked...

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