YouTuber Creates First “Real” Retractable Lightsaber

“Your father’s light saber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age”- Obi-Wan Kenobi

When Star Wars debuted in 1977, Obi-Wan Kenobi introduced the lightsaber and since then, fans have have always wondered if this weapon was actually possible.  Over the years different hobbyists have made their versions of the weapon.  They light up and they may make the noise but they don’t really cut anything.  They were just very nice prop replicas of what we seen on screen.  Now the question of  “is this weapon possible?” has been answered and… it’s a yes!

YouTuber Alex Burkan from Russia, was recently recognized by Guinness World Records as the creator of the world’s first retractable lightsaber, according to a recent press release. Burkan runs the popular YouTube channel Alex Lab.

Burkan’s lightsaber – which was inspired by the “Star Wars” movie franchise – produces a 3.28-foot plasma blade that reportedly reaches 5,072 Fahrenheit, according to the press release.

Burkan’s first lightsaber only lasts 30 seconds on full power, but it’s still a powerful tool.

“Plasma is a stream of high ironized particles so this lightsaber can also attract lightning and other high voltage charges,” Burkam said. “The most awesome thing this gadget can do is give you a true feeling of a real lightsaber in your hand.”

He said he plans to continue to improve the lightsaber and its design.

“This is a first prototype so it has lots of limitations,” he said. “It works for only 30 seconds on full power, the hydrogen torch is not as stable as it could be and you can easily see it when it moves. Sometimes the lightsaber just blows up in your hand because of hydrogen flashback.”

Canadian company Hacksmith Industries also created a lightsaber, which won Guinness’ record for the first retractable proto-lightsaber. The company was started by another YouTuber, James Hobson.

Hacksmith Industries’ lightsaber requires an external power source – attached to the lightsaber from a small backpack. The lightsaber is powered by liquid propane gas and oxygen gas, according to Guinness.

Now that he’s won a Guinness World Record for the first retractable lightsaber, Burkan said he’s working on making more movie technology come to life.

“Right now I am working on an ‘Iron Man’ suit and other equipment that also works on hydrogen,” Burkan said.

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