You probably already know YouTuber James Hobson, aka The Hacksmith. He’s the guy whose team made highly realistic, fully functional replicas of iconic movie weapons, including Captain America’s shield and Thor’s mighty hammer from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wolverine’s claws from the X-Men Franchise and even the thermal imaging helmet from the Predator Movies.
He’s probably still best known for making Jedi weapons from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away: namely, lightsabers from war of stars. First came the protosaber, an early incarnation of the famous lightsaber, then the actual lightsaber and finally a replica of Kylo Ren̵
In the latest installment of their “Make It Real” series, Hacksmith Industries tried to solve this problem once and for all and created the world’s first retractable plasma-based lightsaber.
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“Despite all of our new equipment and capabilities, we are still bound by the laws of thermodynamics,” says Hobson. This means that this new model will technically be a proto-saber powered by a portable backpack that is separate from the handle. Using the principle of laminar flow, Hobson can convert a highly concentrated stream of propane gas into a plasma jet that burns at 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit – heat that can cut through steel.
And because no self-respecting Jedi would be caught with a lightsaber the same color as someone else’s, Hobson even figures out how to spin the plasma blade with salts, calcium chloride, and boric acid in different shades.
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