Unless you've been living under a rock with no internet or television, you've probably heard of Fortnite. Fortnite's Battle Royale mode is free to play, and, in the last year, it has grown from 1 million to over 125 million players worldwide. While most people are familiar with the Battle Royale PVP mode, if you buy the full version of the game, Fortnite also has a PVE campaign called "Save the World." Epic Games plans to make "Save the World" free to play in the near future.
"Save the World" has items that aren't available in "Battle Royale," the most notable of which are swords. After fighting the temptation to make a glider or battle bus, the Hacksmith team settled on re-creating the Krypton Slicer Sword, which has a "neon" cutting edge on it. See how it was made in the video below!
How Was It Made?
Like the re-creation of Frostmourne from the Warcraft universe, the blade and handle were plasma cut from a sheet steel then welded together. In order to make the neon edge, a titanium pipe with a tungsten core is heated until it is glowing hot like neon. The titanium is used as the heating element and blade while the insulated tungsten core is used for rigidity. One of the issues with the Hacksmith lightsaber re-creation was that it would get very soft and floppy when it was on for too long. With the tungsten core, this issue is solved.
Unlike the lightsaber, the power source that heats the Slicer sword's tungsten rod fits in the hilt instead of a backpack (which technically made it a "proto-saber"). The Slicer sword's titanium rod is heated by 12 lithium polymer batteries, each of which can put out 300 amps continuous. The power from these batteries runs through two automotive relays, each rated for 200 amps, keeping the amperage in the "safe zone," or at least the "relatively safe zone for the Hacksmith."
The hilt has a simple ON-OFF button that will complete the circuit and use the batteries' power to heat the titanium rod up to over 1,000 degrees Celsius. After that, you can burn paper, wood, and even metals like lead.
Circuit Schematic and Bill of Materials
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