List of Sabers Updated Dec 22, 2016 (scroll to end)
Intro to Sabers
With the arrival of the new Star Wars movies, books and other media, there has been an awakening in the demand for lightsabers. Luckily, there’s an ample community of saber builders eager to equip you with one, complete with hilt, illuminated blade, and sound effects. Sabers aren’t just for cosplayers, either. Some of these elegant weapons are real works of art. Any fan who wants a bad-ass blade for display or to strike down your friends and foes should keep reading. The giant list of saber makers is at the end. Click through all the saber builders and check out their wares. Beware, it’s addictive!
These are ready-to-go sabers made for moderate to heavy dueling. They come with hilt, blade, sound, and light. The saber maker list below includes smiths and shops who sell complete sabers.
Ultra Sabers and Saberforge are two bigger saber shops offering cheap sabers but inform yourself before buying. Both brands have their fans and detractors, with Saberforge being the most notorious of the two and a quick internet search will tell you why. Saberforge is criticized for its poor internals, such as no chassis for their electronics and low quality soundboards, as well as the theft of other saber makers’ designs. Ultra Sabers has a mixed reputation but many see it as a good gateway saber to start their collections. Some buyers have voiced complaints of poor service and quality while others stand by Ultra Sabers as an affordable option that serves them well. As always, do your own research before buying any saber.
For out-of-the box sabers, Vader’s Vault is a solid choice. These reputable smiths produce well-constructed, beautiful sabers built to duel. Their Combat Class line is $275-$400 while the Champion Class is $750-$800. Recommended upgrade: the Suncrusher Blade Colors, which sport some of the strongest colors in the biz as well as flash on clash. The Suncrusher option starts at $40 for a single color and costs another $99 for the RBG version, an awesome addition that allows you to change colors whenever you want. You can also get a weathered look, which I prefer, for $15. It comes with three standard fonts but you can pick up your favorite sounds at Saberfont.com. Fonts start at $5 for both Plecter Labs sound boards (which Vader’s Vault uses) and NEC, aka Naigon Electronics, and provide sound effects for everything from switching the saber on and off to movement and blocking blasters. Vader’s Vault also sells quality saber blades that can be used with hilts from other smiths.
“Battle-wrap Havoc” from Vader’s Vault Combat Class with weathering.
“Acolyte” from Vader’s Vault Combat Class with weathering. Starts at $339 before add-ons. Based off of a Sith saber from the Star Wars The Old Republic video game trailers. My favorite saber of theirs. A real Jedi-killer. (Full disclosure: I ordered one!)
Custom-designed sabers & Limited Runs
Custom-built and limited-run sabers are more unique but they can also be the most expensive, especially if you want an elite build. However, you don’t need to break the bank to get a cool saber. Your saber can be a new design or based on sabers seen in Star Movies movies or media. The official sabersmiths listed on the FX-Sabers and Imperial Royal Arms (IRA) forums are excellent places to start. Besides individual builders, you can find sabers posted for sale by members on both sites in the sales threads. Saber makers design their own pieces for sale and/or take commissions for custom models. Medium to high-end commissioned sabers usually have a longer wait time, from several months to a year, and run $300 to $3,000+ for a complete saber build depending on the complexity and parts.
Some builders do limited runs of a unique design that provide you with an exclusive, high-quality hilt. Either the same sabersmith or another can do the install for the sound, light, and chassis plus any customization you want, such as weathering, leather wraps, or a fancy crystal chamber. To get in on a limited run that you want, you should check out the forums and follow the Facebook pages of the builders you like (listed below) to learn about a limited series saber build when it opens.
Some of the sabers below are expensive but these are the high-end elite builds that are fun to look at. There are more affordable options as well in the saber maker list below. Just explore until you find what’s right for you. Now for the gratuitous saber porn to wet your appetite:
The “Sith Panther” by Ravens Cross Sabers is solid and only $350, showing you don’t have to lose an arm and a leg to get a quality custom saber.
“Sonorogue” custom-design combat saber from SaberMach. $470, comes with display case. This is one of six hilts that SaberMach produces. I got to visit their workshop and chat with their builder, Jay, for an article with pics & info about their sabers.
“Starkiller” by Darth Alice. Starkiller, aka TFU 1, is a popular saber featured in Star Wars The Force Unleashed video game. Below is an elite version of the TFU 2, featured in a promo for the video game, created by Solo’s Hold and installed and modded by Darth Alice, both highly-sought-after master sabersmiths.
“The Desert Dragon” – original design from Genesis Custom Sabers with reveal of crystal core. Sold for $3,300. GCS also has three lines of more affordable sabers. Below is a shot of their “Vector” line, a stunning, ready-to-go saber for $455. Their “Ascend” line is also quite popular.
“Kota 2” with battle damage reveal by Ro Lightsabers. Ro’s sabers are works of art and meant mainly for display, maybe some light combat. This one is modeled after a saber in the video game Star Wars The Force Unleashed.
“Betrayal” original design from Hampton’s Handcrafted Custom LED Sabers, known for their bigger and longer hilts. HHCLS has launched their OTS line, which gives you affordable customizable parts to build the saber you want without the long wait or cost of a custom build.
“Orgus Din” from Force Relics based on the saber of the Jedi Master from Star Wars The Old Republic video game.
The Graflex Model is perhaps the most popular saber as it was Luke Skywalker’s saber in A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and The Force Awakens. Luke’s original lightsaber was made from an old Graflex flashgun used for photography.
Vader’s Vault Graflex. They have ANH, ESB, and TFA models in their Combat Class. When in supply, these run $400, a great price for an elegant weapon.
Graflex with custom metal chamber and crystal by KR Sabers using Korbanth Graflex 2.0 kit. Graflex kits can be ordered from Korbanth or Parks and a sabersmith can do the install and any customization. Often sabersmiths like KR Sabers order their own Graflex kits to customize and sell. For a complete guide to the graflex that includes background, shops that sell them and their parts, check out The Graflex Bank.
Graflex VII made with original Graflex flash gun by Master Yoda from FX-Sabers. He is renowned for his builds and amazing crystal cores. FX-Sabers auctions these sabers on eBay. This one sold in 2016 for $15,788.
Battle-damaged Graflex from HARP Lightsabers. HARP is known for his intricate chassis and crystal chambers.
Phenomenal work: a Graflex chassis and crystal chamber from Martin Beyer of Graflex Saber.
“Legacy – Killer Penny tribute” by Acerocket’s Orbital Machining. The Killer Penny is a legendary saber built from brass and copper by Acerocket in collaboration with Corbin Das.
Obi Wan’s saber from A New Hope by HARP Lightsabers. Voted the best saber of 2015 on IRA forums.
List of Active Sabersmiths
I’ve tried to list only active builders that have a reputation for honesty and quality, such as those from FX-Sabers and IRA forums and the ELS approved list. Makers with known issues are not included. As always, it’s best to do your research. I linked the builder’s Facebook page when they have one, as it contains their website and updates. You can also check out individual makers’ threads on the relevant forums. If the builder is not based in the United States, I’ve indicated where they are located. However, I wouldn’t choose a sabersmith based solely on geography. You’ll be missing out.
FX-Sabers Guild & Mining Colony Members
Genesis Custom Sabers (Canada)
Force Relics (Europe)
JQ Sabers (Europe)
Sith Planet (Korbanth)
The Custom Saber Shop
LDM Custom Sabers
MH Custom Sabers & Repair
Ro Lightsabers (Europe)
Acerocket’s Orbital Machining
FX-Sabers Graflex Armory (Master Yoda)
LB Custom Sabers
Beyond the Outer Rim (Gary Morris)
FX-Sabers Forum Sales Thread
IRA Consortium & Imperial Armory Members
CSJ Props (Canada)
* Solo’s Hold
* Crucible Custom Props
* G.O.T.H. 3 Designs
Industrial Action Customs
Derby City Sabers
IRA Forum Sales thread
Sabersmiths approved by the ELS (other than those on FX or IRA forums)
SaberMach (Singapore, Hong Kong)
JK Sabers (Europe)
Arms on Fire Custom Sabers
So-Cal Saber Service
Ing Chao’s Armory
Jevaho Creations (Europe)
HARP Lightsabers (Japan)
Arctic Arsenal (Canada)
Saber project (Europe)
Dale Sabers and Replicas (Canada)
Master Sabers (Europe)
Hamptons Handcrafted LED Custom Lightsabers
Master Sabers (Europe)
Inventor Saber Lam
To the Hilt Sabers
Ravens Cross Sabers
The Pach Store (Hong Kong, Singapore)
Imperial Custom Sabers
Sabergasm (US, Canada)
MC Custom Sabers
The Graflex Shop
Graflex Saber (Vader on IRA forums) (Europe)
KR Sabers (Europe)
Shameem’s Saber Customization Services
Simpi Sabers (Simpi-Gon Sims on FX forums)
Calvary Custom Sabers (Mod on FX forums: Count Dooku)
Oogli Sabers & Stuff
Texas Custom Sabers
Advanced Light Weaponry
Bespin Custom Props (Bombarta on FX forums)
Shtok Creations (Russia)
Newer or Unknown Builders & Servicers
These are makers that don’t have an established reputation yet, so do your research before buying.
GF Sabers (Japan)
Order 66 (Europe)
Crystal Cave Sabers
Saber Triad (Phillipines)
The forums are a great place to look for sabers, sabersmiths, and builds. If you’re inclined to build your own saber, the forums are full of instructions, tips, and other hobbyists ready to help out.
Imperial Royal Arms
Replica Prop Forum
Custom Saber Shop
Please let me know in the comments if there are any noteworthy active saber makers I left off the list. They should be proven makers who are reliable and reputable. I will keep the list updated and current as possible. New saber makers are popping up like Jawas at a flea market, so I will add them under the Newer Builders & Servicers until they’ve established a solid reputation.
(List updated Dec 22, 2016)
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