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Korbanth Graflex 2.0 installed by DK44 Designs

Hello Everybody, today I am very, very excited as I get to share with you a lightsaber that has been assembled by a good friend of this site DK44. And this lightsaber is a Graflex replica hilt! DK44 bought this hilt as a replica kit from a company named Korbanth and assembled and installed the lights, sounds and blade (plus a little extra something I’ll get to later). What is astounding is that this was DK44’s first full saber build project! He did build a Saberforge Adaptive Saber Parts (ASP) lightsaber but that was fully modular which screwed together fairly easily, with no need to solder wires or cut and shape parts. This saber was built very much the same way as the original lightsaber was way back in 1976 by the special effects artists John Stears, John Mollo and Roger Dunlop . This particular hilt is made to look like the one seen used by Finn and now Rey in The Force Awakens. Here is DK44’s Graflex Lightsaber…

As you can see this is BEAUTIFUL! Sorry to raise my voice but I love this hilt. The saber is a work of art (although DK44 says he wishes he could have done better!) and has everything that you associate with the Graflex saber. The emitter with the slanted opening and metal collar that extends through the tube to form two tabs, which are affectionately called “Bunny Ears” by fans. The collar and tabs are actually the mechanism that held the flash bulb in place when the handle was used as a photographic flashgun. Just behind these Bunny Ears is the red topped activation button and below that there is the “Glass Eye”. The activation box is really the clamp that attached the flashgun to the side of the camera. But if you slot a carefully shaped piece of circuit board between the two jaws of the clamp it looks like a switch! Next down the hilt is the famous T-Track grips, the black ridged parts that form the distinctive handgrip. And to finish the hilt off there is the Graflex pommel with the D-Ring to hang the saber off your utility belt! Though I doubt this saber will be hanging on a belt it has a very nice custom stand (built by a mutual friend of DK44 and mine called Kouri, who is a whizz with 3D printing and prop making.) But you will have noticed I haven’t mentioned the blade…well I have a SECOND gallery with this beauty activated and in all it’s glory with a very special REVEAL surprise….

Yes this saber has what is called a Crystal Chamber Reveal, which shows that this saber has a “heart of Kyber”. The electronics allow the crystal to light up and actually pulses and flashes along with the blade. This feature is usually found on expensive higher end replicas but DK44 decided he wanted one in his (and with help from another friend called Vechaljian he was able accomplish the feat). The colour matches the effects seen in the film perfectly thanks to an LED that can mix two colours to make the blue light and has a white bulb that flashes when the saber hits something! I think you’ll agree this is impressive.

I’d like to thank DK44 for sharing this fantastic saber with us on this site, he was gracious enough to provide me with great photos and a full description to help me write this post (did you notice he lined up his photos like the images for my designs? Thanks man!) This shows what is achievable with determination, patience and Talent!

I am now once more approaching the end of ths special post so thanks DK44 and also to you my viewers and followers. Your support is much appreciated and I hope you will return to see future posts featuring more designs from myself and my friends…and who knows there may be more “real life replica hilts” to come! Till next time.

DK44 Designs is © Copyright of DK44 and is used here with permission. Graflex is a Trademark of Folmer Graflex Photographic Co. of New York. All Star Wars/The Force Awakens names, logos, images and other related material are Trademark/© Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.

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Moondust – A saber for Annlyel

Hello Everybody, what an amazing and exciting few days it has been! We have seen a new poster for The Last Jedi, in all it’s ominous RED glory. Then if that wasn’t enough we were treated to an even bigger visual feast with the film’s new trailer! I am still shivering with anticipation. But today I am going to “hand over” my latest saber design to a young lady who also blogs and is a big Star Wars fan.

Her name is Annlyel James, and her blog, annlyelonline.com is crammed with great balanced reviews of film, TV shows, books, sport and beauty products. Annlyel has a bubbly, enthusiastic style of writing yet still points out the important aspects of the topic at hand, which makes you want to read more. For having such a giving style, I wanted to design a saber for her and I am proud to present it here. I call this saber MOONDUST….

This saber is, I hope, classic, sophisticated and just suited for a confident, intelligent young lady blogger (and Jedi). The blade is purple just right for a person with such a positive attitude (regular viewers will remember my hilts named Attitude Lightsabers also had purple blades!) The emitter is based on the classic Luke Skywalker ROTJ saber and connects to a very interesting switch section. The reason it is interesting is that if you look closely at the two black rectangular recesses, there is something written in them. That is Aurabesh and spells out Annlyel’s name so this hilt is personalised! It’s the first time I have tried to add inscriptions on my designs. The body section and pommel are designed to be ergonomic. And the inspiration for the name of this hilt? It was in an article about a particular brand of lipstick Annlyel reviewed and the shade was called….MOONDUST! So I hope you like your “new” saber Annlyel and if you ever dream of having a lightsaber duel then you might like to use this one!

I am quickly approaching the end of this post but first I would like to recommend that you check out, annlyelonline.com it will brighten your day! And as always I will finish with a few thank you’s to you, my viewers and followers. Your support is much appreciated and I hope you will return to see further new designs AND DK44 Designs’ real life Graflex in my next post! Till next time.

“Moondust – A saber for Annlyel” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is © Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017. This site, including all designs, content and images are © Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017.

The Last Jedi Trailer – For Tyeth’s Trailer Talk Ep.II

Hello Everybody, WOW! The new trailer looks amazingly dark and sinister in tone (not to mention all the RED bits!) and I am quite excited now to see this film. Before I go any further just in case you haven’t seen the trailer I will insert it here but as always “DON’T WATCH IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!”

I had to wait till 4am this morning to see this and then was too tired to comment (I ran out of Jedi Energy Capsules 😀 ) But now I am awake I can say there are going to be some really serious encounters and twists. I am now going to get my VIP tickets as quick as I can!

I haven’t done a break down of all the bits and pieces in this trailer as you can find other videos on YouTube that will do that I just thought I’d post the video here to for you all. But in all this excitement I’d like to remind you I have a new design for a talented young lady blogger I have “met” recently and a “real” life Graflex Lightsaber to showcase for you all from DK44 Designs! So please join me here for those posts. Thank you for looking in on this video post (it’s only the second video I’ve used!) your support, as always, is much appreciated. Till next time.

“Star Wars – The Last Jedi”, “Rey”, “Kylo Ren” and all names, images, video and related material is Trademark/© Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm 2017. Video via “StarWars.com” on YouTube.

For Tyeth’s The Last Jedi Trailer Talk

Hello Everybody, I bet you didn’t think you would be seeing me today! Well the reason for this impromptu post is due to the chatter and buzz around the Internet (and the Galaxy) regarding the latest trailer for The Last Jedi. It is going to air at halftime during the NFL Monday Night Football game. There have also been a few bits and pieces of behind-the-scenes footage and clips released to tease us. For once I had a sneaky look and I am glad I did, as I saw something VERY exciting for fans of Lightsabers and Lightsaber duels. What did I see?…It was footage of Daisy Ridley rehearsing a Lightsaber duel (so what Tyeth, we know Rey is training to be Jedi and using a saber!) Well…this clip shows Daisy blocking an attack from, wait for it…..THREE ATTACKERS! Yes three attackers and she is using the Graflex! Who were these attackers? When, why and where does this happen? What does it mean?

IT MEANS I THINK THE DUEL IS GOING TO BE MONUMENTAL!

Rey Training
image via movieweb.com and is Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm

Sorry folks I shouldn’t shout out like that ^^ but this has me really excited (along with the rest of what’s in store in the film of course!) I am also excited as after watching the new trailer on Monday night you have another impromptu post to look forward to from me coming on Wednesday. I have the pleasure of introducing you to another great Blogger I have “met” recently who writes fabulous reviews on books, films/TV and games…oh and she is a big fan of Star Wars too! And because I have fantastic friends I have the opportunity to showcase a “real” Graflex Lightsaber hilt, assembled by DK44, who regular viewers will remember from DK44 Designs on Saturday in my regular posting schedule!

Last Jedi Trailer Plate
This trailer was epic, just wait for Monday night’s trailer!

I can’t wait for all this! I hope you will join me back here on Wednesday after you watch the trailer and meet my new friend and on Saturday have a look at DK44’s Graflex. Thank you for looking in on this post, your support is always appreciated and remember The Last Jedi will be in cinemas on December 15th!! Till next time.

 

“Star Wars – The Last Jedi”, “Rey” and all other names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/© Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm 2017.

Flux Capacitant Saber – Inspired by Back To The Future

Hello Everybody, I am pleased to report that The Silent Ghost Reaper liked the designs I created for him, so much so he was speechless momentarily! Today I am bringing you a design I have needed for a long time. You may have seen that I always run “OUTATIME” while typing my posts out, well my next saber is inspired by a Time Machine and will hopefully help me create hilts and post them before my deadline time arrives much easier. This saber is inspired by the fabulous time travel trilogy, Back To The Future and I call it

Flux Capacitant

This saber hopefully resembles the car used in the films (I’ll talk more about this later) and has the same monochromatic silver and black look to it. The car was built of unpainted stainless steel and had black fibreglass/plastic mouldings, which I tried to capture using the switch and body sections with strakes on. The pommel represents the front radiator grill and headlight assembly. You will have noticed I haven’t mentioned the emitter and that’s because this piece was inspired by an addition to the car seen in the film. To make time travel possible Doc Brown created the “Flux Capacitor” which was positioned between the seats of the car and looked like a three pointed star that lit up when activated. Well I recreated this by using a clawed emitter and painted the claws blue to imitate the illuminations. Saberforge actually make acrylic claws to attach to their sabers but haven’t included them in the ASP builder.Wait a minute For Flux

This hilt is heavily influenced by the vehicle Dr Emmett Brown transformed into his time machine. Most people know that the car was a Delorean DMC-12 model which was a “mixed” classic. The Delorean company was founded by John Delorean, who once worked for GM Motors, but decided he was going to produce cars himself using the engines he had access to. After some business and political wranglings and financial agreements he began building the DMC-12 in Northern Ireland. The car however wasn’t the most well designed vehicle and suffered leaks and rust/corrosion issues. The company had already gone bankrupt before the films were made, but the writers (Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale) recognised the car’s futuristic look realising it would look otherworldy in the film’s 1950’s settings and gave it the part!

Well this post is slightly longer than normal, but this hilt doesn’t really work as a Time Machine…yet! So I will have to end soon but you know I always like to thank all my viewers and followers, new and regular visitors for supporting me and the site. Next week I have a post that is a little bit different as I get to present a fantastic Graflex Lightsaber built by a friend of this site (wait till you see and read about it!). I hope you will join me for that. Till next tiiiiiiime!

“Back to the Future” was written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. It was produced by Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures. “Back to the Future”, “OUTATIME” and all names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/© Copyright of Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

Delorean and DMC-12 are Trademarks/© Copyright of the new Delorean Motor Company owned and run by Stephen Wynne.

Reaper and Boxcutter Sabers – for The Silent Ghost Reaper

Hello Everybody, today I hope to introduce you to a gentleman I have met recently on my travels around the Internet and in particular on YouTube. The Silent Ghost Reaper is the “Caped Consumer” who goes out and tests items of technology and gives us reviews of those products with a great attitude and sense of humour! SGR sorts out the “Good Buys from the Bad Buys” He reviews everything from voice activated remote control cars, to gaming monitors, Fidget Spinners, wireless headphones all the way through to Nano Drone Flying Gadgets! But unfortunately whilst cutting open a package, his beloved “Unboxing Knife” slipped and he carved a chunk out of his “Unboxing Table”! Well, I wondered what SGR’s reviews and unboxings would be like with a Lightsaber (because if trained in their use, they’re much safer believe it or not!.)
Now I have to say SGR already has I believe four Ultrasabers hilts (which he also reviewed and which first caught my attention) but he doesn’t have a “For Tyeth Edition” saber….until now! Yes I have designed a special hilt for this gent as way of saying thanks for his entertaining reviews and for replying to all the comments he receives. Not everyone on YouTube goes out of their way to respond so as I say I have a hilt for him and here it is, I call it Silent Ghost’s “REAPER”

I know SGR is fond of red blades so even though Red is normally associated with the Sith I gave his hilt a crimson blade. The blade itself projects from a triple clawed emitter so SGR can, when in time of need attach a cable to it and use the hilt as a Silent Ghost Grappling Hook! But the features don’t end there, oh no! The hilt also has a low profile switch section and a very versatile Tactical grip body. The Grenade Section body gives unparalleled grip whether you are wearing gloves or not! (Gloves can get snagged on Unboxing Knives!) And to finish the hilt there is another FTE Emitter Pommel with glowing power crystal chamber and bat like claws. Just the instrument to instil fear into product manufacturers who like to cut corners and offer inferior goods!

Ok, I know what you’re thinking…”For, isn’t a lightsber a bit big to cut open boxes and packages?” Hmm, maybe, so that is why I have also produced a Silent Ghost “BoxCutter” a short version, perfect for tackling the packing tape and peanuts found in parcels he receives! So here is a bonus gallery featuring Silent Ghost Reaper’s “BoxCutter“….

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I hope you all liked these designs, especially you, Silent Ghost Reaper! I am sorry I can’t afford to get these constructed for you but I want to say thank you for the information and entertainment you share on your channel, which my viewers and followers can find by clicking The Silent Ghost Reaper’s YouTube Channel !

Please go and check it out. I hope one day The Silent Ghost Reaper can review a time machine for me so I can have more hours in the day as sadly I am approaching the time where I have to bring this post to an end. But as always, I want to thank Silent Ghost for allowing me to feature him on the site and to you, my loyal viewers and followers for the continued support you give me. It is appreciated. I hope you will all return to see future posts and designs by me and my good friends. Till next time.

“The Silent Ghost Reaper” is ©Copyright of The Silent Ghost Reaper and can be found on YouTube! The “Reaper” and “Boxcutter” sabers are For Tyeth Editions sabers and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017.

Informant Lightsaber for Bazine Netal

Hello Everybody, if this post is late I apologise but I have just got back from a mission to try and find this elusive character called Bazine Netal! Bazine is the shadowy female who was enjoying herself in Maz Kanata’s bar on Tokadano and radioed to the First Order that she had found the droid BB-8. You will have seen her wearing a very distinctly patterned and hooded costume. She wears the hood as a result of injuries she sustained on her first mission as an assassin where she was burnt with a flamethrower! After this first mission Bazine became a master of disguise and feared Bounty Hunter, using a snub nosed blaster (so uncivilised!), poisons, a mix of deadly Martial Arts and a couple of mini Thermal Detonators hidden in the heels of her shoes. Well I wondered what her lightsaber might look like if she had one, this is what I envisaged, this is INFORMANT

I think this is suitably distinctive for Bazine’s character! I couldn’t quite match the pattern on her costume exactly but it’s pretty similar. How Bazine expects to stay inconspicuous dressed in that outfit I don’t know (but the material does have sensor jamming equipment sewn into it!). Anyway back to the saber and it has a plain simple monochrome scheme and a “Bad Guys” red blade. The emitter looks a little like a silver version of her hood. The main focal point is surely the diamond patterned hand grip section, made to look like Bazine’s costume as much as possible..

Informant Material
I managed to get a sample of the material!

The pommel caps off the hilt to give it a traditional look (similar to my Sasayaki Shi – Whispered Death Lightsaber hilt). The switch section is functional for ease of use and has a nice choke point for spinning techniques.

Bazine had a hard upbringing (she was only fourteen when she carried out her first fateful mission). Netal was an orphan on the planet Chaaktil before a character called Delphi Kloda took her under his wing at his Combat School where she learnt her skills. Those skills must be good as I didn’t find her! That doesn’t mean I have given up but for now I am running out of time again.

So I will have to end here but want to say thank you once more to everyone who follows and supports me and FTSabersite, new and old. I have had visitors from Russia, India and Turkey this past week so thanks for calling in. Please call back and see what new designs I have coming up, including a hilt or two for a YouTube Crime Fighter! Till next time.

“Bazine Netal”, “Maz Kanata”, “Tokadano” and all other names, logos and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.

Nite Owl: Glaux Lightsaber by Roger Redux

Hello Everybody, today we enter the shadowy world of The Watchmen again with this nice design from my friend Roger Redux. His design has a distinctly Ornithological theme to it as it is for the character called Nite Owl. Nite Owl is Daniel Dreiberg who was born in 1945 and would later become the second superhero to carry the Nite Owl name. Dreiberg was fascinated with technology and aviation. With his knowledge he created gadgets to aid his crime-fighting exploits, rather than relying on brute strength and force. He created a flying vehicle nicknamed “Owlship” and numerous other bits of kit. Roger however felt that Nite Owl needed a lightsaber, the pinnacle of elegance and technology, so designed this hilt, here is NITE OWL: GLAUX…

This certainly has a look of an owl to it, I can just imagine an owl sitting in a tree when I see the hilt held vertically. The emitter with it’s pointed spines look like the tufted feathers that stand up on an owl’s forehead (if they have a forehead that is!). The weathered finish of the hilt gives it a mottled appearance similar to the flecks and camouflage of the night hunter’s plumage. And to finish the hilt off, there is a beautiful brown leather wrapped body capped by a pommel which has strakes that give the impression the saber has talons!

Roger named the hilt after the Watchmen character, but also after a Greek coin. Roger informed me that the word Glaux translates as “Little Owl” in ancient Greek or simply “Owl” in modern Greek. The Owl appears on the back of one of the Athenian coins!

As usual I am running out of time for this post so may I say Thank You to Roger for allowing me to share this design with you all. As always I want to say thank you to all the visitors both regular followers and new viewers (I saw that some folks came from India and Indonesia this past week!). Your support is very much appreciated. I will end here so I can work on a few more new hilts. Till next time.

“Nite Owl: Glaux” is a Guest Designer saber and is ©Copyright of Roger Redux used here with permission. “Watchmen”, “Daniel Dreiberg”, “Nite Owl (II)” and all other names, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of D.C. Comics.

Tactician Lightsaber – For Thrawn

Hello Everybody, It is my turn to supply a design for you today after =Ottomatix=’s fabulous =HOMAGE= sabers last week. And I take you on a journey to the edges of the known galaxy, the fringes of the Outer Rim and the area called the “Unknown Regions”. There in the uncharted territory is a system which is home to a race of very distinctive individuals. They are the Chiss, and one particular Chiss became very well known in the Imperial Navy, his name? Mitt’raw’nuruodo, or as he was universally known, Grand Admiral Thrawn! Thrawn is a genius level strategist and rose through the ranks of the Imperial Navy after stowing aboard an Imperial ship and “joining up”. So here is my saber for the Grand Admiral, this is TACTICIAN

The Chiss have distinctive blue skin, dark bluish-black hair all framing deep red eyes, and I have tried to capture those features in this design. The sinister red blade projects from the clawed emitter (Thrawn served on a ship called the Blood Claw) and shines through two windows. These windows from certain angles look like the famous red eyes of the Chiss warrior himself. The switch and body sections are utilitarian, nothing fancy but look like the panels and plating found on starships from around the Imperial Navy. To finish the hilt off there is a pommel which also has a “pair of eyes” in the shape of the two painted blocks peering out from the pommel shroud…just in case you didn’t see the eyes in the emitter part  😀 !

Star-Wars-Thrawn
Grand Admiral Thrawn (Copyright Timothy Zahn – Disney/LucasFilm

Thrawn and the Chiss are characters that appear in Timothy Zahn’s novel named after it’s main character. The Chiss originally appeared in early Star Wars computer games as one of the alien life-form classes. Their popularity grew and Timothy Zahn wrote a trilogy of books featuring them which were discarded at first by George Lucas etc. But the Chiss and Thrawn have now been made “canon” by appearing in the Disney cartoon, Star Wars Rebels.

Well it seems I am running out of time and will have to make a “Tactical Withdrawal” back to my workshop to create more designs! However as always I want to say thank you to all of my viewers and followers, new and old for checking this saber out. I also have a special shout-out to Andy Pines (Me, Myself and Star Wars / Imperial Wookie), who guessed that this hilt was for an Imperial Naval Officer, you were very close! I hope you will all return for future posts to see new designs from me and my friends. Till next time.

“Grand Admiral Thrawn”, the “Chiss” and all other names, images and related material are Trademark/© Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm. “Thrawn” was written by Timothy Zahn and is published in hardback by Century Books. Cover image/artwork is © Copyright of Kent Akselen.

=HOMAGE= A saber pair by =OTTOMATIX=

Hello Everybody, I am slightly late with this post but I do have a valid reason! This last week I posted my 2000th post on the SaberForgeForum. I was congratulated by many of the members there and they thanked me for my contribution to the community. I felt very proud that I had made such an impression. One member even made a very tempting offer to help me expand my saber collection! One of the great people I have met on the forum is =OTTOMATIX=, who regular viewers and followers will remember from his “=Ottomatix=’s Slainte” St Patrick’s Day Saber Staff. Well today I have the honour of presenting another =OTTO= design, this one I have called Homage and I will explain the name after you have had a look …..

This is a really nice design that has a little detail that you may recognise, and that detail is an FTE Emitter Pommel! =OTTO= was one of the members who first congratulated me when I created the technique of using an emitter to make a lighted pommel, so when I saw he had used the same trick I was really pleased! As such I named the saber Homage (I hope you don’t mind =OTTO=) The hilt has a classic “Thin-necked” emitter and a lower section which looks as if it is a separate body part consisting of the switch, silver coloured coupler and the FTE pommel. But the brilliance of =OTTO= didn’t stop here, he also made a smaller version of the hilt to use in your weaker hand (also known as an Off-Hand hilt). And as I am feeling really happy at the moment here is a little bonus gallery to show off the Off-Hand version too!..

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The lower half of the hilt remains the same but just by changing the emitter to a version with a short non ridged connector results in a hilt that creates a perfect partner to the full Two Handed saber. And to help differentiate the main blade from the Off Hand’s blade it is a nice Cyan colour to compliment the Amber! I think =OTTO= has a great imagination and talent.coming soon

I would like to take this opportunity to thank =OTTOMATIX= once again for allowing his work to be displayed here, and for being a friend to me during my time on the forums. I am now running out of time but as you can see I have another hilt on it’s way (and so far no-one has guessed who it might be for – Andy Pines, you were very close however!). I hope you will join me when I reveal who the mysterious recipient is in my next post, but for now thank you all my viewers and followers for checking out today’s post. Till next time.

=Homage= is an =OTTOMATIX= design and is © Copyright of =OTTOMATIX= used here with permission. FTSabersite and all it’s contents are covered by © Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017.