To an avid Star Wars fan, owning a replica lightsaber is just one of the many ways to show love and dedication to the franchise. It also helps that owning a replica Lightsaber comes with a host of amazing benefits, one of which is customization.
Lightsaber customization offers a unique opportunity for Star Wars fans to personalize and make their lightsaber replicas truly their own. Let’s take a look at some of the ways Star Wars fans can personalize their replica lightsabers below.
Etching and Engraving
Did you know that there is a Pulp Fiction reference engraved on the side of Samuel L. Jackson’s (Mace Windu’s) purple lightsaber? Cool right?!
Well, just like Samuel L. Jackson, you too can get a cool phrase, symbol, or design etched onto the hilt of your replica lightsaber. Even if it is a different character lightsaber, like a Darth Maul Lightsaber. It’s etching (acid etching) and engraving are methods of adding surface details to the hilts of replica lightsabers. The acid used in the etching process cuts away unprotected parts of a hilt’s surface to create a design on the metal. The etching is then followed with a powder coating- a method of adding color to the etched hilt.
Etching can be a way for you to add some personality to an otherwise bland replica lightsaber. Several different designs (both simple and ornate) can be etched onto the surface of a saber’s hilt, from logos and animals (lions, dragons, serpents) to patterns and scripts/letterings.
Lightsaber etching is something that combines artistry with skill, so it is always better to commission a saber-smith or vendor to do it for you.
In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, wrapping your saber’s hilt can significantly improve your grip and make it easier for you to handle and maneuver the saber. There are three common types of lightsaber hilt wraps, namely, leather wraps, paracord wraps, and tsuka-ito wraps. Leather wraps come in a wide range of colors and they can be either simple leather wraps, complex weaves, or Ito wraps.
Tsuka-ito wrapping is a Japanese katana-style wrapping that crisscrosses the wrap material (which can be cotton, silk, or leather) around the saber’s hilt to form a series of diamonds underneath.
Paracord wraps are lightweight utility cords (general-purpose nylon) that can be wrapped around a saber’s hilt. Compared to leather, they are easier to wrap and less expensive. However, they are less durable. Paracord is also available in several patterns and colors.
Polishing and Anodized Finishes
You can make your replica lightsaber stand out by accenting its etching details with polishing. Anodizing is also a great idea, as it adds a protective film to the metal of your saber’s hilt. The finish anodizing leaves protect the surface of your saber’s hilt from scratches, corrosion, fading, and chips. When combined with powder coating, anodizing can also be used to add color to your saber’s hilt.
If you really want to take your custom-lightsaber game to the next level, you need to invest in some saber accessories such as; couplers, blade plugs, blade tips, belt clips, color disks, pike extensions, blade holders, a lightsaber case.
Its customization is a great way for avid Star Wars fans to add personalized touches to their replica lightsabers. Some of the custom touches they can add include; etching and engraving, hilt wrapping, polishing, anodizing, and lightsaber accessories.