How Stuff Works just published a seven page informative and fun article on Lightsabers. So if you’ve ever sat there watching Star Wars: A New Hope and wondered “How does the blade of light know where to stop?” This site will tell you.

You can read about the arc wave energy field the hilt produces.  We learn about the four major components inside any lightsaber, which are - of course - the power cell, crystal energy chamber, energy channel, and the controls. This is the type of site where we get useful diagrams showing the inside workings of an actual light saber.

We also learn of the many uses of the lightsaber, which is not limited to combat. Around the household you can use a saber to cut and toast a bagel in one swing, light a cigarette, or cut the hedges.

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