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This Guy Just Made the World's First Real Lightsaber

His lightsaber cuts through titanium. 
IMAGE JAMES HOBSON, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, DISNEY
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James Hobson, aka The Hacksmith, is an engineer and inventor. He takes fictional ideas from movies, comics, and video games and turns them into real-life prototypes. 

Recently, Hobson made it to the Guinness World Records for building the world’s first retractable proto-lightsaber. For this project, he used plasma to imitate the fictional lightsaber from the Star Wars franchise. 

According to Star Wars canon and Wookiepedia, a lightsaber creates a blade of superheated plasma that loops back on itself. Hobson got that superheated plasma part alright, but it does not loop on itself. 

To power his lightsaber, Hobson uses LPG (compressed liquid propane gas). But to achieve that superheated plasma, he also adds oxygen. 

Watch the result below. 

According to Hobson, the nozzle alone costs more than $4,000 (around P200,000). What makes it so expensive is the material used, which needs to withstand extremely high temperatures. The heat of the prototype lightsaber’s energy blade registers at 2,200 degrees Celsius—half the temperature of the surface of the sun. 

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But why make a real-life lightsaber? 

To Hobson, the answer is why not? Below is a video of some of his other prototypes inspired by movies. 

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