A lightsaber is basically a weapon made popular in the Star Wars universe, a “laser sword.” It consists of a polished metal hilt which projects a blade of plasma about 4 feet or 1.33 meters long. The Lightsaber’s blade cuts through most substances without resistance. It leaves cauterized wounds in flesh, but can be deflected by another Lightsaber’s blade, or by energy shields. Continue reading to see how to make your own.

Some exotic saber-proof materials have been introduced in the Expanded Universe. An active Lightsaber gives off a distinctive hum, which rises in pitch and volume as the blade is moved rapidly through the air. Bringing the blade into contact with an object or another Lightsaber’s blade produces a loud crackle.