This Guy Just Made an Even More Realistic Star Wars Lightsaber in His Garage

By | December 27, 2019

Few sci-fi weapons are more mind-blowing than the lightsaber made famous by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Capable of cutting through metal and deflecting laser blasts, it’s the iconic Jedi accessory, whether you’re fighting for the light side of the Force, or have succumbed to the dark.

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Here in the real world, it’s easily evoked with an illuminated plastic tube or, in a pinch, a flashlight. The crew at Hacksmith, though, wanted to go a step further. They’re well known for bringing famous comic book and science fiction artifacts to life, including Thanos’ giant double-bladed sword and a re-creation of Thor’s mighty hammer, Mjölnir. (Despite being mere mortals, they were seemingly virtuous enough to lift it.) They also took a stab at the precursor to the lightsaber, the battery-powered protosaber.

As part of their “Make it Real” series, the Hacksmith crew wanted to build a working lightsaber—or at least as close as they could in this galaxy. It’s been a long-running project: the first attempt ended with fire trucks arriving, while the second iteration tending to fall apart under 2500-degree heat. For the third try, they used massive batteries to heat a rod made of titanium and tungsten to a scorching 3000 degrees.

That’s an extra 500 degrees over what was already a very dangerous piece of technology, so needless to say, this is not a project you want to duplicate on a lark. But if you want to see some nerds risking life and limb to create a real-life lightsaber, check out the video below.

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