Real-Life Lightsaber That Burns Through Things


Ever since the first Star Wars movie hit our cinema screens in 1977, children and adults alike who were enthralled with the amazing film have dreamed of owning their own Lightsaber.

A crazy laser enthusiast has actually built his own lightsaber capable of burning straight through things. This may not be something MacGyver would make, but it would be if he was dropped into the Death Star with a horde of Imperial stormtroopers hot on his trail. Especially if he found himself temporarily trapped in the trash compactor with some friendly Jedi.

Whether it is to do battle against all the evil that resides in our world, scare off the schoolyard bullying who likes to torment you, or put fear into the hearts of traffic wardens everywhere, the Lightsaber is simply a must have item for any Star Wars fanatic. You’ve been able to purchase them in the shops for quite some time now, obviously they aren’t quite as badass as the ones that they use in the film, but hey, it’s a start.

“This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutter—but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone a cut above the ordinary.”
―Obi-Wan Kenobi

Most things light INSTANTLY when placed in the beam of this laser! Here the 3000mW blue laser goes up against a bunch of flammable stuff.  This laser uses the new 9mm 450nm laser diode and runs on two 18650 Li Ion batteries. The housing is a custom machined “Sirius” host.  OK, so this should be labelled with extreme hazard warnings or something. Not quite a real flesh-and-blood lightsaber, but about as close as we’re ever really going to get.  Just don’t get this thing anywhere near your eyes


Designed as much for elegance in combat as for ceremony, the lightsaber, also referred to as the “laser sword” by those who were unfamiliar with it, was a distinctive weapon, the very image of which was inextricably bound with the mythos of the Jedi Order and their polar opposites, the Sith. The lightsaber also became synonymous with the Jedi Order’s values to uphold peace and justice throughout the galaxy. This perception endured, despite the many conflicts with lightsaber-wielding Sith and Dark Jedi.

The weapon consisted of a blade of pure plasma emitted from the hilt and suspended in a force containment field. The field contained the immense heat of the plasma, protecting the wielder, and allowed the blade to keep its shape. The hilt was almost always self-fabricated by the wielder to match his or her specific needs, preferences and style. Due to the weightlessness of plasma and the strong gyroscopic effect generated by it, lightsabers required a great deal of strength and dexterity to wield, and it was extremely difficult—and dangerous—for the untrained to attempt using. However, in the hands of an expert of the Force, the lightsaber was a weapon to be greatly respected and feared. To wield a lightsaber was to demonstrate incredible skill and confidence, as well as masterful dexterity and attunement to the Force.



Infographic created by Newark (the US site), (with Farnell being the UK site)


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