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How To Make Authentic Lightsabers

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the now-that's-a-hobby dept.

Star Wars Prequels 128

IQpierce writes "My good friend Bradley W. Lewis has set up a site for his hobby: building replica lightsabers at home. These aren't your average cheap pieces of plastic, in fact they're more authentic than the Master Replica sabers: Brad tracks down the pieces of equipment actually used to build the original props — or, when they're unavailable, very close replicas, that he further customizes with a metal lathe in his garage — and puts them together with loving attention. My favorite part is the embellishments he does add, on the inside of the saber — his replica of Luke's saber from ANH can be opened to see authentic-looking internals such as a glowing crystal (as well as another surprise — an autograph from Luke himself, Mark Hamill). Each project is documented step-by-step with hundreds of photos — whether you're a hobbyist, or just a big Star Wars geek like me, you'll find it interesting."

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Truly (4, Insightful)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417280)

Truly, news for nerds.

Re:Truly (3, Funny)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417690)

What I want to know is whether Bradley W. Lewis will still consider IQpierce a good friend when he sees his download overconsumption charge.

I wonder how good they are for a LIGHT shave. (1)

GarryFre (886347) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418618)

Sorry I just had to make pun of it. Neat pics but oh god it loads slower than a slothund in a bantha's stomach.

Does it Amputate Jedi's (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417292)

If this "light saber" is incapable of amputating Jedis or other humanoids then it is just an expensive toy.

Why is this on slashdot? /. is serious business.

Re:Does it Amputate Jedi's (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417584)

How did you manage to fit so much stupid into such a short post?

Re:Does it Amputate Jedi's (3, Insightful)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418658)

How did you manage to fit so much stupid into such a short post?

Maybe he practices on Twitter a lot.

Re:Does it Amputate Jedi's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33419466)

The density increases until it explodes and creates a 6000 year old universe. Godbigbang it!

He's right (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419550)

When I saw the title I read the summary hoping to get tips on building a humongously strong laser that fits into a cylinder the size of a sword handle.

To my disappointment, I found that the article should be named "How To Make Authentic Lightsaber props"

Re:He's right (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419942)

Seeing that there isn't a real lightsaber that is "a humongously strong laser that fits into a cylinder the size of a sword handle" - all of the lightsabers that are in existence are essentially what you would consider "props". So this is an article about building a lightsaber close to the originals that have already been built. Or in other words, authentic.

Re:Does it Amputate Jedi's (3, Funny)

syousef (465911) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419558)

How did you manage to fit so much stupid into such a short post?

The farce is strong with this one

Lightsabers? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417296)

They're not authentic until I can cut my neighbor's car in half with it.

A sonic screwdriver, on the other hand, is pretty easy to make if you have access to a ceramic resonator and a quantum power source.

Re:Lightsabers? (3, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418234)

They're not authentic until I can cut my neighbor's car in half with it.

A sonic screwdriver, on the other hand, is pretty easy to make if you have access to a ceramic resonator and a quantum power source.

I made a sonic screwdriver that can turn off TVs...

Of course, what that really means is that I took TV-B-Gone code that someone else wrote, and a sonic screwdriver toy that someone else made, and built the TV-B-Gone circuit inside the Sonic Screwdriver... Still, it was an interesting (and sometimes frustrating) challenge... The worst of it was when the circuit would fail after the toy had been reassembled and repainted.

Re:Lightsabers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33418526)

They're not authentic until I can cut my neighbor's car in half with it.

To do this, first move to a universe with different physical laws. You'll probably die in seconds, but next build or buy a working lightsaber. Next, move your neighbor's car to this universe and quickly cut it in half. Lastly, before dieing, move yourself and the car back to your universe of origin. That shouldn't be too hard, right?

Re:Lightsabers? (1)

History's Coming To (1059484) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418844)

Psychic posts are easy too...this one is actually blank for example.

Re:Lightsabers? (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419740)

You mean you're not really offering to have identical busty triplets with blond, brunette and red hair come over and help me build cool lego ships?

Re:Lightsabers? (1)

dkf (304284) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419092)

A sonic screwdriver, on the other hand, is pretty easy to make if you have access to a ceramic resonator and a quantum power source.

Like a silicon solar cell? Those have existed for years, yet I still don't see (or hear) sonic screwdrivers all over the place.

Props? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417304)

What does this article mean when it says "original props"?

Re:Props? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417336)

Original prop [wikipedia.org] , as in the ones actually used when they made the movies.

Re:Props? (4, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417424)

Whaddya mean, "prop"? Whaddya mean, "movie"?

Holy midi-chlorians, are you claiming they're just FICTION?

Next thing you know someone's gonna insist that the moon landings were filmed on a soundstage.

I, for one, find your lack of faith disturbing.

Re:Props? (0)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418220)

THAT'S NO MOON... IT'S A SPACE STATION!!!!!
Sorry Caps Lock needed for emphasis and dramatic effect.

Re:Props? (1)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418342)

Filmed on a soundstage? No wonder they look so inauthentic. You'd think they could have at least gotten an actual movie studio.

Re:Props? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33418400)

The historical documents are all filed under Galaxy Quest.

Re:Props? (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418460)

I, for one, find your lack of faith disturbing.

Annie? Is that you?

Re:Props? (1)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418828)

I, for one, find your lack of faith disturbing.

I, for one, welcome our new quote-and-meme-combining overlords.

Re:Props? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417426)

Are you trying to imply that Star Wars is not a documentary?

Re:Props? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33418548)

or a type of fan which transmits power by converting rotational motion into thrust

Safety first (1)

yack0 (2832) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417328)

Just be careful, those things are dangerous around kids. Look what one of the little rugrats did to me this weekend! http://john.keimel.com/images/saber-1.jpg [keimel.com]

Re:Safety first (3, Funny)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417628)

It's just a flesh wound!

It's just a neon light tube.. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417382)

I was expecting fancy lasers, but this is just a neon light tube attached to a metal cylinder.

Re:It's just a neon light tube.. (1)

Again (1351325) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418660)

I was expecting fancy lasers, but this is just a neon light tube attached to a metal cylinder.

You might want to take a closer look at some of the pictures. The details on the "metal cylinder" are phenomenal.

And Lucas says... (2, Funny)

by (1706743) (1706744) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417390)

Cease and Desist [slashdot.org] in 3...2...1...

Re:And Lucas says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417490)

Luke Skywalker ok'd it. That beats George Lucas' approval any day in my book.

Personally, if I were George Lucas, I'd celebrate this guy and very possibly give him a job. Anyone with that kind of passion and ability is someone that I'd want working for me. But that makes too much sense.

Re:And Lucas says... (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417608)

Personally, if I were George Lucas, I'd celebrate this guy and very possibly give him a job.

A Job? The actors just hold bright green PVC pipe these days and have the guns CG'd in.

Re:And Lucas says... (3, Informative)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417930)

Guns? You mean walkie-talkies.

Re:And Lucas says... (4, Interesting)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417534)

This has been my hobby for quite some time now as well. Less with lightsabers and more with many other Star Wars props. You pretty much can not buy official licensed replicas that are more than about 75% accurate. I've always been shooting for 99-100% accurate. I have rebuilt the stormtrooper E-11 blaster from an original demilitarized sterling SMG, the tank scope, industrial counter, slide rails and other original parts used to make the original prop. I've also done the same thing for Boba Fetts blaster made from an antique British flare gun, 2 cell graflex tube, parts from the Rivel visible V-8 engine, and many other parts.

It's a hobby as much as anything else. Geeky in the scifi/fantasy realm as well as gives me a chance to build things.

Re:And Lucas says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417970)

Did George Lucas ever sue Ronald Reagan ? (For the Strategic Defebce Intitative often called "Star Wars") ?

He should also sue gamma ray burst producing collapsing stars (refered to as "death Stars"

Hobbies (2, Interesting)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417398)

I know it's good to have a hobby. I guess I'm just more inclined to hobbies with real world applications like building cars or furniture.

Of course this is beyond cool!

Re:Hobbies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417468)

IMHO, hobbies should have real-world application. It's a matter of survival as someday (soon, perhaps, given the state of the world economy) you may find that you're hobby is your livelihood. Not a lot of demand for toy light sabers in the post meltdown world.

Re:Hobbies (1)

tibman (623933) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417670)

Well then, your hobby better be hunting, fishing, or stealing...

Re:Hobbies (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417722)

Ranger, fisherman or thief? But I wanted to be a white mage!

Re:Hobbies (4, Insightful)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417814)

It's a shame metalworking and electronics don't have any applications other than building lightsabers.

Have you seen the directions? (1, Interesting)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417450)

There are a lot of expensive tools at work in those articles. A lathe, drill press, a gas torch for soldering, plus a lot of junk for spare parts. I think the equipment list would put this safely outside the hobbyist category.

Now if someone came up with a kit that you could use to convert an old flash gun, that would put in the hobbyist realm.

Re:Have you seen the directions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417476)

I know, it's ridiculous. All that work, and it still isn't a real lightsaber, like the props were based on.

Re:Have you seen the directions? (5, Insightful)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417668)

I think the equipment list would put this safely outside the hobbyist category.

All the tools listed are multi-use and frankly not very impressive. Buying a two to three figure drill press hardly makes you a "professional". Even my metal lathe and associated gear is probably barely over three figures.

Also, the computer hobbyist industry is oriented around zero resale value and extremely fast obsolesce, whereas all the tools you listed are pretty much "buy once per lifetime" (assuming you don't buy chicom garbage). A 30 year old PC-XT clone motherboard is probably not as cutting edge and useful as my fathers 30 year old dremel tool... My decade old metal cutting bandsaw is much less obsolete than a decade old graphics card.

My computer hobby mostly results in full landfills, whereas a hobby like metalworking is a bit more like a real capital investment.

Re:Have you seen the directions? (2, Insightful)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418458)

Also, the computer hobbyist industry is oriented around zero resale value and extremely fast obsolesce, whereas all the tools you listed are pretty much "buy once per lifetime"

Or in some cases buy once per several lifetimes. I fully expect to inherit several of my father's tools, just as he still uses some of his father's tools. Granted they do wear down, but a lot of these items can even be rebuilt/repaired as a hobby in itself. In a pinch, I can still call him up and have him work with me on some of the items where I require a tool he has in his workshop.

And somewhere in the background, Harry Chapin plays on the radio.

Re:Have you seen the directions? (1)

Lost Race (681080) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419640)

lathe, drill press, a gas torch for soldering, plus a lot of junk for spare parts

all the tools you listed are pretty much "buy once per lifetime"

All those tools would definitely be "once per lifetime" for me, in the sense that I would only use them once (or less) in my lifetime.

Re:Have you seen the directions? (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418304)

There are a lot of expensive tools at work in those articles. A lathe, drill press, a gas torch for soldering, plus a lot of junk for spare parts. I think the equipment list would put this safely outside the hobbyist category.

Nonsense. It's just a matter of what sort of hobbyist you are... How committed you are and what kind of budget you have to play with.

Re:Have you seen the directions? (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419082)

All of that can be had for less than the price of a single camera body that hobbyist photographers use. What about hobbyist revheads hotting up their cars? For the cost of a car you could buy several of these complete metalworking setups. Like fishing? Know how much it costs to buy a boat?

Metalworking and electronics is actually one of the cheaper hobbies in the grand scheme of things.

Originals (4, Interesting)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417462)

I saw some of the original props at the Children's Muesum in Indianapolis several months ago, and close up, to be honest, they look like crap. You might not want to use the original movie props as your standard to aim for.

Re:Originals (1)

proxima (165692) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417808)

I saw some of the original props at the Children's Muesum in Indianapolis several months ago, and close up, to be honest, they look like crap. You might not want to use the original movie props as your standard to aim for.

That doesn't surprise me. Yet there are some movie props which should have really intricate detail. I'd love to see some of the miniatures used in Lord of the Rings; perhaps without the camera effects they'd still seem underwhelming, but given the budget involved I think they have a better chance to impress.

Re:Originals (4, Informative)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417816)

There are different grades of original prop. Just like you have main actors/heroes and stunt men, props get the same designations as either hero or stunt. The hero props are finished to a higher quality in order to get closeup shots, while the stunt ones are used for background and stunts that may damage it. Many of the museums and travailing prop displays end up with the stunt versions.

All that being said, still most movie props are not typically of high quality. They are meant to serve a visible purpose for what is sometimes only a few seconds of screen time. There are two camps within the prop enthusiast community much like the vi vs. Emacs debates you'll find the 100% authentic warts and all vs the imagined version as it would really be if it rolled off a manufacturing line.

Authentic (3, Informative)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417488)

authentic - 2: not counterfeit or copied

Maybe I'm just splitting hairs, but unless Lucas has given some sort of formal approval, building your own lightsaber is the opposite of authentic.

If I build a Porsche 911 in my garage out of parts from other cars and parts I made myself, it wouldn't be considered an authentic Porsche. Even if I (miraculously) made it faster, lighter, or otherwise better than the real one.

Re:Authentic (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417680)

Maybe I'm just splitting hairs, but unless Lucas has given some sort of formal approval, building your own lightsaber is the opposite of authentic.

If I build a Porsche 911 in my garage out of parts from other cars and parts I made myself, it wouldn't be considered an authentic Porsche. Even if I (miraculously) made it faster, lighter, or otherwise better than the real one.

But if you made your car shoot out a stable, contained bolt of blaster plasma in sword-shape, I'd buy two.

Re:Authentic (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417708)

authentic - 2: not counterfeit or copied

Maybe I'm just splitting hairs, but unless Lucas has given some sort of formal approval, building your own lightsaber is the opposite of authentic.

Unless Lucas built "real" operational lightsabers and death stars, I don't think hes capable of giving "formal approval". Now talking about trademark violations, maybe.

Its like talking about "authentic" religious trinkets and miracles.

Re:Authentic (3, Insightful)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417942)

But, if you made it out of mostly original found Porshe parts by salvaging though junk yards, reconditioning them, and then machining the few parts that you weren't able to find it would be mostly authentic. It may not be an authorized reproduction though.

Re:Authentic (1)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418030)

You're using the wrong definition. Try this one:

"Made or done in the traditional or original way, or in a way that faithfully resembles an original" (source [google.com] )

The wording was "more authentic" as these were compared to sold items which are said to be farther removed from the original design/intent. And given the original props are not commercial items, the definition you used loses all meaning- you can't counterfeit a fictional item.

Re:Authentic (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418394)

The original props are not fictional items. They are really truly real items in most cases(*). They are, though, meant to resemble fictional items.

(*) Some fully CGI made props are not real items.

Re:Authentic (1)

eth1 (94901) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418438)

Well, is it a Porche 911 because it came out of a Porche 911 factory, or because it's a car made out of parts that match the specs to build a Porche 911?

If the former, then no, you can't build a Porche 911 in your garage, even if you use "real" Porche parts. If the latter, yes, you could.

Re:Authentic (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418636)

Not to split hairs, but George Lucas is no longer qualified to approve items as being authentic. There was a time where he was, but then he decided to change what authentic meant several times and re-imagine large swaths of the series, at which point he legitimately lost all claim to authority on the subject.

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Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417506)

Stuff Nobody Cares About except web sites whose readership is dropping through the floor.

I guess you haven't heard heard about the PBOC president going AWOL over a U.S. $ 430 billion loss in U.S. Treasury Bonds.

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Please don't do this (5, Informative)

Phoenix Dreamscape (205064) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417528)

The price of Graflex synchronizers has gone through the roof because of Star Wars nerds who want their own authentic-looking light sabers. This is a real nightmare for those of us who love flash bulb photography, since new Graflexes aren't being made anymore (except replicas without the electronics, specifically for building light sabers). Please, if you want to make a light saber, buy a Graflex replica instead of an original. They're cheaper, in better condition, and don't deprive anyone of a now-rare useful tool.

Re:Please don't do this (3, Funny)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418140)

You should totally sue George Lucas...

Re:Please don't do this (4, Insightful)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419882)

Who says my love for Star Wars props isn't greater than your love for flash bulb photography? Please stop depriving me of my precious Star Wars props by using them for flash bulb photography!

Re:Please don't do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33419932)

This is a real nightmare for those of us who love flash bulb photography,

All 3 of you?

wat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417544)

or, when they're unavailable, very close replicas

Yo dawg, I put a replica in your replica so you can almost-authentic while you almost-authentic.

I guess you could say... (1)

clo1_2000 (1790952) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417562)

The force is strong with this one

Its now virtually impossible.... (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417572)

to get hold of a Speed Graphic/MPP flashgun nowadays thanks to these damn buffoons who need an "authentic" lightsabre. They're almost as criminally culpable as hotrod builders who take increasingly rare classic vehicles and prostitute them into something only a deranged magpie would love.

Once the Chilean miners have been rescued, I would like to post lightsabre makers and their customers DOWN the rescue shaft.

Bah!
 

Re:Its now virtually impossible.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417652)

As opposed to a buffoon that wants to maintain the integrity of MPP flashguns?

Re:Its now virtually impossible.... (2, Funny)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417996)

So, you're one of those antique flash photography enthusiasts. You damn luddites are the ones that drive the prices up from what should be a standard low demand original styled lightsaber replica. Upgrade to a modern camera flash or go jump down the rescue shaft your self.

Re:Its now virtually impossible.... (2, Insightful)

men0s (1413347) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418150)

So you, as one type of artist, are complaining that a different group of artists should not be able to use the same medium as you, because it raises prices. What makes your camera-toting artists more deserving of these MPPs than the lightsabre makers? Moreover, don't you think this also raises prices for the lightsabre makers and buyers, not just the picture-takers?

Re:Its now virtually impossible.... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33419210)

Yet someone with a metal lathe and the skill to make a lightsabre could simple make the flashgun housing out of tube of aluminium, heck it could even be made to look like a Graflex. On the other hand here we have perfectly good flashguns being trashed and the group who wish to used them for their original purpose are incapable of making their own or substituting for something else. It's good to have all the power isn't it?

Isn't capitalism great? (1)

johnny cashed (590023) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419134)

Anybody with money can do whatever they want with stuff they purchase. Picasso's 1959 Trois Femmes was purchased with intent to cut it up into 500 one-inch squares and sold as individual Picasso paintings. I was unable to verify if this actually happened, but you get the point.

Authentic... (4, Informative)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417574)

I do not think it means what you think it means.

Re:Authentic... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33417756)

Authentic... I do not think it means what you think it means.

I am altering the meaning of the word. Pray I don't alter it again.

Re:Authentic... (3, Funny)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417886)

Well played.

But... (4, Insightful)

general_ka.os (1844822) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417660)

A TRUE Jedi builds his own lightsaber.

Re:But... (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418332)

Fucking lightsabers: how do they work?

Re:But... (2, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418622)

Fucking lightsabers: how do they work?

You've managed to Rule 34 a lightsaber

Nice work, bozo.

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33419404)

This is why we can't have nice things.

Re:But... (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418740)

I'm guessing not very well. I mean the first time you try, you end up with a gaping hole in places where one typically prefers to be unholed.

Big deal. It doesn't really work. (4, Informative)

Animats (122034) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417682)

Big deal. Until someone makes one that actually has a useful blade, it's just a handle.

Those lightsaber guys never fought very well. See Hit Girl's first fight, in "Kick-Ass" for someone who can handle a double-ended weapon. Chloe Grace-Moretz spent a few months at the Toronto Circus School, plus martial arts training, to prepare for that fight, and it shows.

Re:Big deal. It doesn't really work. (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418028)

The kind of blade that goes through steel and concrete like a hot knife through butter? Not likely at all. It's a fantasy. Can't we just leave it at that and move on?

Re:Big deal. It doesn't really work. (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418112)

It's a fantasy. Can't we just leave it at that and move on?

You must be new here.

Re:Big deal. It doesn't really work. (2, Informative)

Animats (122034) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418166)

The kind of blade that goes through steel and concrete like a hot knife through butter? Not likely at all. It's a fantasy.

Well, no. [hypertherm.com]

Re:Big deal. It doesn't really work. (3, Funny)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418426)

I love their ad slogan from the pages little flash intro: "Dramatic improvement of hole quality." Seems like my life long search up until I got married.

Re:Big deal. It doesn't really work. (1)

gknoy (899301) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418648)

Regardless of it's cutting ability, the lightsaber shares something in common with more mundane bladed instruments: You really don't want to get hit by it. I imagine that would lead to more commonality in fighting style than you might expect.

Re:Big deal. It doesn't really work. (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419622)

The kind of blade that goes through steel and concrete like a hot knife through butter? Not likely at all. It's a fantasy. Can't we just leave it at that and move on?

These guys are buying industrial equipment to mill a replica. Does that not answer your question for you?

If it's really authentic (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417830)

I should be able to cut through blast-doors, and deflect shots from droid-decals.

Bah! (1)

Rary (566291) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417878)

Hokey religions and ancient relics are no match for a good blaster at your side.

Wake me when he builds one of these [partsofsw.com] .

Re:Bah! (2, Funny)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418010)

If he did, I'd find him and beat him for ruining something that is one of the best examples of early semi-automatic handguns. http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg90-e.htm [world.guns.ru]

Even Rachel Maddow knows how to (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 4 years ago | (#33417964)

Even Rachel Maddow knows how to make a lightsaber. All you need is two highlighters. Look: http://www.mediaite.com/online/this-exists-rachel-maddow-reveals-her-secret-lightsaber/ [mediaite.com]

Re:Even Rachel Maddow knows how to (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418020)

Sorry to follow up to my own posting. But Rachel's lightsaber is not authentic. Hers require a cap at the tip to close it down. What does she think it is? Some broken BP oil well? To contain it with some kind of cap? For a weapon to be elegant in a civilized age, it needs a button at the base which turns the beam on or off. So much for her nerdiness.

Here's comes a troll mod. Punish me! (-1, Troll)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418154)

Wow! Great project! It also doubles as female repellent.

Re:Here's comes a troll mod. Punish me! (1)

uncanny (954868) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418602)

Disclaimer: No sex was had during the making of these replicas!

And for the encore (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418186)

We're going to make a functioning Hellraiser's Puzzle Box, a TRON light cycle out of real light, and with this box of dehydrated air I'm going to make a bucket of water.

DOES NOT CUT, DO NOT WANT (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418382)

Ain't a real lightsaber until you can take off an arm with it.

No wonder Graflex camera flashes were so expensive (1)

DrDitto (962751) | more than 4 years ago | (#33418664)

As someone who was recently doing large-format photography with vintage Graflex photographic equipment, I was wondering why the eBay prices for vintage Graflex flash accessories seemed so high! Arghh....Star Wars Nerds!!

Re:No wonder Graflex camera flashes were so expens (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419294)

As someone who was recently doing light saber prop replica building with vintage Graflex photographic equipment, I was wondering why the eBay prices for vintage Graflex flash accessories seemed so high! Arghh....Camera Nerds!!

You call that authentic? (1)

lee n. field (750817) | more than 4 years ago | (#33419406)

It's not authentic unless you can slice an enemy in half with it. Bzzzzzzzt!
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