With the new X-Men movie coming out soon, [Colin Furze] decided to make some real working props from the movies — starting with some bloody brilliant fully functional and retractable Wolverine claws.
We’ve seen Wolverine claws before, even electrified Wolverine claws, but never have we seen anyone take them to the level [Colin] has. He didn’t just want realistic Wolverine claws. He didn’t just want claws that could deploy. He wanted realistic claws that could both deploy, and retract — fast! And he wanted them to branch out just like the real deal.
He started brainstorming different ways of doing this. Motors, springs, geared racks, cables, pneumatic cylinders… nothing really fit the bill. Pneumatic power seemed the best option for performance, but the problem is he’d need a 12″ cylinder to sit behind his claws — it’d completely ruin the look — one of his main criteria for the project.
That was when he had a stroke of brilliance. What if he used o-ring seals, and turned the blades into pneumatic projectiles on a guide rail? Using a slew of awesome toys in his workshop including a TIG welder, desktop mill, grinders and more, he fabricated an awesome double-acting piston-less pneumatic cylinder which can blast his triple-bladed claws back and forth at high speeds on demand!
The only downside is he needs to carry a backpack complete with valve banks and an air tank — but as soon as you see the following videos — you’ll discover the pros quickly outweigh the cons. It’s absolutely bloody brilliant.
[Colin] is one of our favorite hackers across the pond in England, where he’s built a jet-engine powered tea kettle, the world’s fastest baby carriage, and even a jet engine… made out of a toilet paper holder.