Alex Burkan’s lightsaber can cut through steel!
Alex Burkan’s lightsaber can cut through steel!

A Real-Life Lightsaber!

A Russian YouTuber creates a real-life Star Wars tool.

Vrummm FVISH!

That’s the sound a lightsaber makes. Lightsabers are glowing, sword-like weapons from the Star Wars movies. A Russian YouTuber named Alex Burkan set out to make his own — and he broke a Guinness world record in the process!

Burkan created the world’s first lightsaber. It can produce a 3.28-foot-long (1-m) blade with the touch of a button. The user has to be very careful though. The torch can reach 5,072°F (2,800°C) and can cut through steel!

“All my life I was a great Star Wars fan,” Burkan told Guinness World Records, “and the lightsaber was my most-wanted gadget.”

Following this dream was not easy for Burkan. “Every single step during the development and building process was a challenge,” he said. For years, the YouTuber collected spare parts for his project from internet sales and scrap yards.

“The key component of my lightsaber is an electrolyzer,” Burkan explained. This device turns water into fuel. Burkan also uses an electrolyzer for his motorcycle’s engine! The inventor performed hundreds of tests to get his electrolyzer to form the plasma into the right shape and length for his lightsaber.

“Finally, the most challenging job was to squeeze the whole gas system in a lightsaber handle.” At last, Burkan was successful! “The most awesome thing this gadget can do is give you a true feeling of a real lightsaber in your hand,” he shared.

Another YouTuber, James Hobson from Canada, made a lightsaber too. Hobson started the group Hacksmith Industries, which takes ideas from comics, movies, and video games and makes them real. The group got its own record for the world’s first retractable proto-lightsaber in 2020. Hobson’s lightsaber is different because it runs on a fuel tank attached as a backpack.

“Isn’t it cool that two guys from different parts of the world dream about one thing that doesn’t even exist?” Burkan wondered. Now, he and Hobson chat from time to time about their upcoming projects.

“Things and ideas that unite people all over the world are awesome.”

Updated February 16, 2022, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Alexa Tirapelli

Alex Burkan’s lightsaber can cut through steel!
Alex Burkan’s lightsaber can cut through steel!

Vrummm FVISH!

That’s the sound a lightsaber makes. Lightsabers are glowing, sword-like weapons from the Star Wars movies. A Russian YouTuber named Alex Burkan set out to make his own — and he broke a Guinness world record in the process!

Burkan created the world’s first lightsaber. It can produce a 3.28-foot-long (1-m) blade with the touch of a button. The user has to be very careful though. The torch can reach 5,072°F (2,800°C) and can cut through steel!

“All my life I was a great Star Wars fan,” Burkan told Guinness World Records, “and the lightsaber was my most-wanted gadget.”

Following this dream was not easy for Burkan. “Every single step during the development and building process was a challenge,” he said. For years, the YouTuber collected spare parts for his project from internet sales and scrap yards.

“The key component of my lightsaber is an electrolyzer,” Burkan explained. This device turns water into fuel. Burkan also uses an electrolyzer for his motorcycle’s engine! The inventor performed hundreds of tests to get his electrolyzer to form the plasma into the right shape and length for his lightsaber.

“Finally, the most challenging job was to squeeze the whole gas system in a lightsaber handle.” At last, Burkan was successful! “The most awesome thing this gadget can do is give you a true feeling of a real lightsaber in your hand,” he shared.

Another YouTuber, James Hobson from Canada, made a lightsaber too. Hobson started the group Hacksmith Industries, which takes ideas from comics, movies, and video games and makes them real. The group got its own record for the world’s first retractable proto-lightsaber in 2020. Hobson’s lightsaber is different because it runs on a fuel tank attached as a backpack.

“Isn’t it cool that two guys from different parts of the world dream about one thing that doesn’t even exist?” Burkan wondered. Now, he and Hobson chat from time to time about their upcoming projects.

“Things and ideas that unite people all over the world are awesome.”

Updated February 16, 2022, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Alexa Tirapelli

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