Now today’s post is going to be a little different as I am not posting a design. I am going to be a bit self-indulgent and celebrate reaching my Fortieth post (get the joke?). I created this little corner of the Internet as a new home for my designs and see if I enjoyed blogging. To be fair I haven’t “blogged” much as I have been busy putting up material for folks to see. You have to have something to see or why would the public look in?
So I have reached this milestone and I have to thank a few people. Two friends of mine have been a great help in setting this site up. The first is Savannah95, who I have mentioned a few times here. Despite having a very busy schedule, Savannah took time out to check my site over and “look for bugs” or any mistakes I may have made laying everything out. Savannah gave me encouragement to go for it and also sent me details of her Lightsaber designs so I could share them here. So a very big thank you to my friend.
The second person is my fellow “Jedi Master”, Master Edllyss64, who firstly invited me to help moderate on his Google+ Community, Lightsaber Combat, which helped build my confidence and social media skills and knowledge. Master Eddlyss similarly provided me with a portfolio of his designs to share with you as well. Again a big thank you to him for his support and belief in me. There is a link to his community in the sidebar Blogroll>
I have now reached a point where I need to consider expanding what I offer on FTSabersite, and I am going to have to be brave and start reaching out to other names within the Saber Community and see if they would like to contribute in some way to my site (scary, I know!) I am a small flickering star in the much larger Galaxy out there but I intend to build on this project and on myself.
I also have to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who are visiting this blog. Without you it would just be me talking to myself, but I do know I am receiving visits from various places around the globe, Germany, Norway, the United States and even a few from Australia, so thank you. If I may I would just ask that if you liked what I have shown you so far, maybe you could spread the word about FTSabersite. It would be much appreciated!
In my next post I hope to introduce you to another Saber enthusiast who produces some really great reviews of Lightsabers and accessories from the many companies out there, and he does it with great style and scenery! So till next time thanks again everyone!
Back to Star Wars, where it all began for my next offering. Hopefully you will all have seen the first film of the saga, if not I will try and keep spoilers to a minimum!
We were introduced to a farmboy on a desert planet who met a mysterious hermit. This hermit turned out to be the exiled Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by the great Sir Alec Guinness. Obi-Wan guided the farmboy into an interstellar adventure with a Princess, a smuggler and his furry companion and a larger than life villain dressed all in black on a space station. To help the heroes escape Obi-Wan provides a distraction by taking on the villain, Darth Vader, in a Lightsaber battle. Obi-Wan had no intention of winning the duel, he just wanted to buy time for the heroes to escape in the spaceship, the Millennium Falcon. The final moments of the confrontation were iconic as Obi-Wan lifted his saber into a final salute and was cut down by Vader. However Obi-Wan was not in the cloak which fell to the floor, only his Lightsaber remained resting on top of the garment. Darth Vader collects the weapon and takes it with him never to be seen by us again.
Long story over, there were theories that Vader secured the fallen Jedi’s weapon in a private collection on the space station, others were he took it with him in his Tie-Fighter. I wondered what happened either way as we never saw it. This led to my next design. What if the saber somehow survived and was discovered by a Force sensitive who modified it, not knowing who it belonged to. This saber I call Reform..
Reform Hilt 2
Reform FTE Pommel
Reform Vertical Down
I imagined the Force sensitive took the emitter and mated it to a more powerful power source (recreated with the FTE pommel) to give them an advantage over their opponents, as the knowledge to refine saber designs was scarce.
So that was Reform, I hope you liked it and the backstory that inspired it. Thanks for checking this out, till next time.
Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi and all other related names and material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.
This is the second of my friend Borommakot’s Zodiac Series, and as the title says this is the sign of Aires the Ram. The saber has a very distinctive emitter part that to me resembles a skull with horns. Not many members have used this piece within SF’s forum so this design stood out. It also looks as if this saber would be a good two-handed saber as the body gives it options for different grips. Here is Borommakot’s Aires..
Aires Blade Plug
Aires Vertical Up
Aires Vertical Down
This was a great effort and there are (if my memory serves me correctly) ten more Zodiac Sabers to reveal, including my sign Sagittarius! I’m looking forward to that one. I’d like to thank Borommakot for allowing me to display his designs and I would like to remind folks of Borommakot’s YouTube channel. He goes by the name of “daftPirate” and has videos on video gaming and Lightsabers including unboxings of sabers he has bought!
You can find a link to it on the sidebar or click “daftPirate YouTube Channel”
Thank you all for looking in on this saber, till next time.
Today has been a great day for me as I have found out that Knytiri, who was the main influence in my taking up designing has in fact seen my saber for him. I am also pleased to say he liked it and so I want share my next design with you all now.
I mentioned I would be creating some more Rogue One designs and this next one is for Director Krennic. His appearance is typically Imperial and very formal. His attire is white with a few nice contrasting parts. I came up with this saber and used parts that had a nice contrast too. This saber is called Director..
Director reverse detail down
Director reverse detail up
Director vertical down
Director vertical up
This saber hopefully looks suitably “official” for a leading figure of the Empire. It tries to recreate the look of a uniform with the black sections representing the trim details and leather gloves Director Krennic can be seen wearing in promo pictures. I felt the reversed S-Curve emitter aligned in opposite to the slant of the pommel give it the appearance of movement. The black edging around the lip of the emitter also give it a bit of an aggressive edge. Again he probably won’t have a saber in the upcoming film but if he did, well this might have been it.
I will post another Guest Designer example in my next instalment, but for now as always thank you all for looking in on this offering, till next time.
Rogue One, Director Orson Krennic and all related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.
The “Graflex” was the first ever Lightsaber any of us saw on screen, way back in 1977. It was the weapon of a Jedi, elegant and iconic. It was constructed in real life from the handle of a photographic flash gun, the type you see in the films of the 40’s 50’s (they were attached to the side of newspaper reporters’ cameras). The prop builders removed the bowl shaped reflector and basically had a Lightsaber handle. The saber according to some wasn’t perfect however as one section, the switch box, got in the way of gripping it properly for dueling. With the modular system Saberforge uses I tried to tweak the design and add a personal touch to it. This resulted in my next offering, I call this saber Timeline FTE Graflex..
Timeline FTE Graflex
Timeline FTE Graflex emitter
Timeline FTE Graflex switch
Timeline FTE Graflex pommel
Timeline FTE Graflex pommel 2
Timeline FTE Graflex up
Timeline FTE Graflex down
Timeline FTE Graflex reverse
I had to take care with this design as there is a lot of love for the original Graflex saber. I hope I have done it justice. The emitter is the iconic Graflex shape but I used the switch from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s saber (from the original Star Wars film) and to make holding the hilt easier I added my trademark, the FTE type pommel. This gave a slightly longer lower grip section but also a new modern look. The part I used for the pommel has three windows to represent the original trilogy of films as a nod of appreciation and acknowledgement.
I sincerely hope all of you like this design, the Graflex is still the saber to own, this was just my tribute to it. I still have more designs to present to you and hope you come back to check them out.
Star Wars and all related names and material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.
“FTE” and “For Tyeth Emitter Pommel” ©Copyright 2016 of For Tyeth.
This saber has a bit of a story behind it (literally!). A lot of Star Wars fans create an alter-ego for themselves, be it as a Sith follower or in my case a Jedi, and some even write a backstory to give their character depth. I did just that too and this saber belongs to one of the characters in my story. For Tyeth was involved in the Clone Wars and during the conflict For had to rescue some natives from a slave ship. One of the prisoners he rescued was a teacher named Jella. After For is badly injured and loses his lightsaber, Jella and her friends attempt to recover the weapon. During the story Jella develops Force powers and later gets her own Lightsaber.
This is that Lightsaber, simply titled Jella…
Jella FTE Pommel
Jella Vertical Up
Jella Vertical Down
I tried to create a distinctive saber and think this one stands out. I have to add that the character of Jella is loosely based on a person I met recently who is in fact an educator and helped me get back into studying. I had just moved home and was a stranger to the area and this person’s welcoming attitude, intelligence and personality impressed me. I thought this combination would make a great character for my story. I hope they don’t mind.
I will shortly be starting another course as we’re never too old to learn, but I will still be designing sabers and posting the results here. Thank you for checking in on this effort, I am slowly getting views from all over the globe and it’s much appreciated.
Star Wars and Clone Wars are Trademarks/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.
With the countdown to Rogue One – A Star Wars Story firmly underway I felt I should start creating designs for characters from this film. I have created Empire Droid for the new Astromech C2-B5, then I saw the character of K-2s0 played by Alan Tudyk. The droid K-2so is quite striking, almost like the medical droid 2-1B on stilts! That aside I attempted to create a saber based on design cues from this possibly pivotal character.
This is Katuso..
Katuso Vertical Down
I tried to replicate the long slim appearance of K-2s0 as he has very long, thin limbs. To do this I used a body part with rails down it’s length to simulate limbs, it also has a section that narrows which looks like the droid’s upper body. The emitter was the closest to represent the head. Lightsaber design (using the parts available here on earth at least!) requires that there is a place for the electronics and power pack so unfortunately the body appears fuller and has a pommel to support it all.
I will attempt more Rogue One inspired hilts but I have to be careful, I don’t want to spoil the film for myself by finding out too much before seeing it!
Thank you for checking this saber out, there will be more to follow.
K-2so, Rogue One – A Star Wars Story and related names and material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.
Visitors to this site with a long memory may remember I mentioned Wresting as one of the inspirations for a series of saber designs I created. Today I present to you the first of that collection. The wrestler in question is the son in law of the owner of the WWE, Triple H. Triple H is one of the most experienced wrestlers today and has done pretty much everything possible, multiple World Champion, Tag Team Champion, he even appeared in one of the Blade movies with Wesley Snipes!
I felt this level of achievement deserved a saber design and here it is, this saber is the Saberial Assassin..
Saberial Assassin Hilt
Saberial Assassin Emitter
Saberial Assassin Switch
Saberial Assassin Pommel
Saberial Assassin Vertical Up
Saberial Assassin Vertical Down
I used Triple H’s favoured colour scheme and attempted to create little details to represent him. One detail is that the claws on the emitter, if viewed from the correct angle look like the letter “H” (and there’s three of them!) The claws also look like his outstretched arms as he poses before performing his finishing move, “The Pedigree”.
Triple H is known for using a Sledgehammer during matches but just maybe he might like to swap it for this saber! So this has been the first in a series of designs featuring the artists of the Squared Circle, hopefully you will check out my others in the future.
WWe, Triple H, and related names/moves/material are Trademark/©Copyright of WWe Entertainment/Titan Sports.
My next offering is another of my Star Wars Legends series of sabers and this particular design is for Draco Antares, Master of the Imperial Knights. From images in the Dark Horse Comics it appears that the Imperial Knights used a common saber, a silver hilt with an inlaid, ribbed grip section with a slanted emitter. The sabers had distinctive pure white blades. I imagined what Draco’s saber would look like had the Officers of the Imperial Knights had personal sabers. This was the design I arrived at. This is called Antares…
Antares Vertical Up
Antares Vertical Down
This saber still retains the distinctive blade but I based the hilt on the colours and costume of the Imperial Knights. The red grip represents the crimson cloaks and armour that Draco and his men wore. I tried to make the saber look elegant but still be an effective duelling weapon, as the Imperial Knights were amongst the best of the best.
Draco Antares was involved in the battle to stop Darth Krayt and the One Sith Order. During this battle the Emperor, Roan Fel, decided to use a lethal toxin to turn the tide of the fight in their favour. However this toxin created by Darth Maladi (a prisoner of the Roan Fel Empire) would have no effect on the Sith but would wipe everybody else out. Antares feared that Roan Fel had turned to the Dark Side by considering using such a weapon and killed his Emperor – even though he was the most loyal servant to Roan Fel. Draco fulfilled his duty and his oath with this course of action.
Thank you for visiting this site and your support.
Draco Antares, Roan Fel and all related names and material are Trademark/©Copyright of Dark Horse Comics.
I recently met another Lightsaber enthusiast who blogs on WordPress and was surprised to find out he is a member of Ultrasaber’s forum. An even bigger surprise was I had exchanged posts with him and didn’t realise, it must have been some Sith magic to cloud my vision! However we did introduce ourselves and I discovered he watched a movie a while ago, that movie was Marvel’s Deadpool. I had designed a pair or Katana style hilts for the character of Wade Winston Wilson, or Deadpool, for my friend Master Eddlyss. So here I will share my design with you all so my new Sith Lord friend can get to see them too. I call this design WWW Deadpool…
WWW Deadpool Hilt
WWW Deadpool Emitter
WWW Deadpool Switch
WWW Deadpool Body
WWW Deadpool Pommel
WWW Deadpool Vertical Up
WWW Deadpool Vertical Down
WWW Deadpool Pair
As some folk will know Deadpool was genetically engineered, is impervious to injury and can heal almost any wounds. I thought he might be safe having Lightsabers (no missing hands!). I used the Deadpool colour scheme and tried to recreate the look of a Katana but not too obviously. I enjoyed creating this and I hope you enjoyed looking.
If you would like to meet some more like minded saber enthusiasts don’t forget to check out the forums that are out there, I have provided links to two of the forums in the sidebar.
Deadpool, Wade Winston Wilson and related names etc are Trademark/©Copyright of Marvel Comics/Marvel Entertainment.