“Kenobi Saber – FT Master Series” Inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Iconic Saber

“Hello there!”….yes hello everybody! If you recognised the quote then you may have an idea who this post and saber design is in tribute to. As some of you will know Disney and Lucasfilm has just broadcast it’s latest Star Wars live action show, “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and the finale aired this week. Sadly I don’t have Disney+ in my cable subscription so haven’t seen any of the shows (I still have to watch The Mandalorian too yet) BUT I felt it was time that I modelled the classic Obi-Wan Kenobi saber that he uses during the time this show is set. The show takes place between the movies “Revenge of the Sith” and the original Star Wars (A New Hope) and tells the story of what Kenobi was doing on Tatooine and how he was overseeing the young Luke Skywalker. This saber was Kenobi’s THIRD lightsaber, having lost his first during his battle with Darth Maul in “The Phantom Menace” then when he was captured by Count Dooku and the Geonossians in “Attack of the Clones” his second saber was taken from him. So much for “Remember, you lightsaber is your life”! Anyhoo the third saber was an elegant “Thin Neck” style lightsaber that looked a bit like this:

Kenobi’s third lightsaber from Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith

It was a much more complex lightsaber and one that Obi-Wan was constantly modifying and “tinkering” with. And this is the saber he used to defeat Anakin Skywalker in the pivotal duel that led to the emergence of Darth Vader – you know the whole “ANAKIN! You were the Chosen One!” bit. So it was this saber I had to model and after about two weeks’ of tinkering myself I came up with this…here’s a few “arty” work in progress shots….

These pictures show the 3D model with a “MatCap” texture on it. The MatCap texture creates a sort of “Clay Model” effect so I can see how a model is shaping up before I apply the final textures. I realised I had added a part that isn’t on the Episode 3 saber so I had to remodel that part (if you look on the neck there is a round drum shaped object with a fan like insert – this is known as the wind vane and was in real life a part of an old World War 1 rifle launched grenade!). So another hour of work and I had removed the incorrect part and modelled a new neck section. I then started adding the final textures and little details till I came up with this….here is Gallery One….

I think I came pretty close considering I had no diagrams or blueprints to base the model off, I just estimated the dimensions and did it by eye (though it isn’t far off). The saber has the elegant bell/cup shaped emitter sat atop the brass/copper thin neck section. I made the thin neck look darker and tarnished as Obi-Wan had used this hilt in battle on the volcanic planet of Mustafar so would have some signs of wear. Next to the thin neck is the black “Grenade Grip” foregrip which gives the hilt amazing tactile feeling when you hold one. The mid section of the hilt is the switch section with the copper “printed circuit” board plate. This mid section also has two old transistors used to replicate buttons on the side of the hilt. To finish the saber I modelled the “Booster Gear Cog” which is the ribbed black segment with the small belt hanging Covertech wheel attached. The Booster Cog was again a piece of WW2 hardware, this time being a section of barrel from a heavy machine gun recoil absorber. Then finally another iconic part, I modelled the pommel….this time the pommel was made out of an old sink faucet/tap. A famous bathroom accessories company named Armitage Shanks produced a faucet/tap knob called the “Starlight” and it is this knob that was used by Roger Christian (the prop designer of Star Wars) to build Sir Alec Guinness’ famous lightsaber. Anyhoo, I’m taking too much again and its time for some close up detail pictures of what I just spoke about, here’s Gallery Two….

You can clearly see the thin neck, grenade grip, the transistors and circuit board and the Booster Gear Cog in these images. And you might just be able to make out some etching, which says “Graflex” – this marking shows that the switch section is made from the clamp found on old press photographers’ cameras which were made between 1958-1970. The famous Skywalker lightsaber which Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan gives to Luke was made using a Graflex camera flashgun.

Now I mentioned that this was a saber I am including in my “Master Series” of designs and so it needs something special to qualify and that something is of course, a heart of Kyber crystal. SO this hilt features a crystal chamber inside and when opened you can see the glowing crystal within…here’s Gallery Three!….

A fitting finale to this saber design and hopefully a fitting tribute to Obi-Wan Kenobi. I have heard/read mixed reviews about the Disney show so I can’t say how good it is or not but at least we still have the original Star Wars movie content (with Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor as young Obi) to enjoy. And i hope you have enjoyed this Master Series offering, I was happy with the results of two and bit week’s work. You can see other “FT Master Series” hilts by clicking this link: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/tag/ft-master-series/

And that just about wraps up this post and tribute to Master Kenobi. Obi-Wan did have one more saber variant seen in Star Wars (A New Hope) but I still have to model that one for a future post. Hopefully you will call back to FTSabersite to check it out and much more that I have lined up. But for now thank you all for visiting and supporting me and this site, it’s much appreciated. Please comment, maybe leave a like and subscribe if you haven’t already. Till next time…..

“Kenobi Saber – FT Master Series” is a For Tyeth Editions creation inspired by the lightsaber seen in “Star Wars” Episodes 3&4 and “SW Obi-Wan Kenobi” on Disney+. The saber was 3D modelled and rendered by For Tyeth/FTSabersite and the files/models/images are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022. The saber and all related names and images are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

7 thoughts on ““Kenobi Saber – FT Master Series” Inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Iconic Saber”

  1. Very nice, Tyeth. It’s not just the saber, but the tribute. I hope you get to see the 2 shows, soon. I did not see “Obi-Wan Kenobi” on the list of hopeful noms, so I figure it will go up next year. Like I mentioned before, Boba Fett was on the list. Take care!

    1. Hello Resa, glad you liked my latest “Master Series” hilt. This model just seemed to come together nicely, which I’m thankful for as I had to do justice to both Sir Alec Guinness and to Ewan. And regarding the nominations for the awards, I imagine that Obi-Wan will make the shortlist next year , probably by the time I see the show! Thanks again.

  2. A Legendary Saber, being the one that defeated Anakin. And I’d say you did very well for pretty much eye-balling it! And I love the kyber crystal inside💎

    So you mention Obi-Wan has one more variant, which is featured in A New Hope. Did he mod this same saber before giving it to Luke for training?

    1. Hello there EF! Over the years I have been doing these sabers I have developed an “eye” for replicating a design, even my first attempt at using Blender I made a 3 bladed Crossguard hilt in an attempt to model Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. And all Master Series hilts need a heart of Kyber!
      Regarding the variants, Obi-Wan owned THREE sabers in his lifetime. The first was his Padawan saber he had in The Phantom Menace. This saber was famously kicked by Darth Maul into the big shaft leading to a furnace and destroyed. Kenobi built a second almost identical hilt which he is seen using in Attack of the Clones – both of these sabers had the ball shaped pommel like a mace.
      Obi-Wan lost the second saber when he was captured on Geonosis by Count Dooku’s forces which is why during the Arena Scene where Kenobi,, Anakin and Padme are about to be executed Kenobi uses a saber thrown to him by the Jedi that arrive to rescue them.
      Kenobi builds his THIRD saber which is the one you see here and the one you see in Revenge of the Sith. The famous hilt that he used to fight Anakin. Kenobi after the battle with Anakin and after the events of the new TV series modified the third saber and that modified hilt is the one we see Alec Guinness’s Obi-Wan use in Star Wars A New Hope. The modifications are subtle however.
      Now, the saber Kenobi hands over to Luke is the lightsaber that Obi-Wan picks up off the lava field when he defeats Anakin. The saber is known as the Skywalker Graflex which was built by Anakin,then it was looked after by Kenobi who gave it to Anakin’s son – Luke. The saber was then lost when Luke fought his father Darth/Anakin in Empire Strikes back (he had his hand cut off and the saber fell down the big pit in Bespin City). Somehow the saber was collected by somebody below and kept until many years later it came into Maz Kanata’s possesion (Maz the friend of Han Solo we see in Force Awakens). When Han, Rey and Finn are at Maz’s castle Rey goes to the basement and is “drawn” to a room and she discovers the lightsaber in a wooden case. She holds the saber and has a “vision”. Because Rey had a connection to the weapon Maz gives Rey the saber. So finally this lightsaber is the one we see get damaged in The Last Jedi when it is snapped in half by Kylo Ren and Rey having a Tug of War . Rey defeats Kylo and takes the two halves of the damaged saber with her, later repairing it with the new clamp band that wraps around the join of the two halves. Technically Rey’s lightsaber is the Skywalker Graflex – used by Luke and built by Anakin.
      If you check out my two designs named “The Grail” and “The Greyflex” you will see a small history of this legendary saber.
      Phew! Sorry for the long comment. If you would like to see the “Ultimate Guide” on lightsabers there is a website that sells/makes lightsaber parts and the owners did hundreds of hours research and compiled a PDF showing everything about the Star Wars sabers you need to know (both in canon and behind the scenes knowledge). You can see the PDF here:

      Click to access SWLB_March_2020.pdf

      Thanks so much for the kind comments as usual my friend…happy reading!

      1. Legendary! Gives me chills. Thanks for helping fill in the gaps of this saber’s epic journey. I love when Rey brings the saber to Luke on his island at the start of The Last Jedi and he just tosses it off the cliff😄 I forget why he does it exactly, but it seems like such the kookie old wise man thing to do.

      2. Hi again, well a lot of SW fans thought that throwing the saber was a bit disrespectful but I believe Luke was demonstrating that material attachments (i.e. heirlooms) aren’t important and that he as a Master had moved on and developed from the days he had possession of the saber. Rey was a “clean slate” and needed to learn quickly so the distraction of an old relic and all the questions about it would have clouded her training. However as you will now know Rey had some inherent Force ability due to her own heritage and she took the saber anyway..before building her own from parts of her staff.
        Sometimes the mythology and ethos behind a movie can be fascinating…though each of us have a “different point of view” of these stories so we don’t always see eye to eye and agree – but that’s where the fun of conversing/debating about it comes in!

  3. I’m about halfway through the new Obi-Wan series. It’s a real treat witnessing Ewan McGregor reprise the role.

    *Show SPOILERS ahead*

    As for The show itself… I can understand how you’ve heard mixed reviews. I have enjoyed it. My only real complaint thus far has been the first encounter between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. The simplicity of the whole sequence is underwhelming. Felt like nobody really put a lot of time or thought into it. Which is a head-scratcher considering how much hype was leading up to this epic encounter between two of the most legendary characters of the entire series…

    But like I said, I’ve been enjoying the series and its well-worth watching when you get to it.

    E.F.

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