Lightsabers & Blasters Anyone have any idea what to use for grips on a lightsaber?

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  1. Azeem TFN Staff, Manager Emeritus

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  2. G-4P0 Jedi Knight

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    I've used both Blast-Tech (aka Yoda's House) and EDC grips and they are both excellent replica grips for Luke/Vader sabers - and would work just as well on customs. They come with a 3M industrial adhesive tape on the back of them - which works great.
  3. Master_Byrd Jedi Master

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    I pulled a black leather tennis racket grip off of my dad's tennis racket that had been sitting in the garage for as long as I've been alive. Free is always the best.
  4. Doright Jedi Grand Master

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    They do make sticky grip tape too. I tried it once. It was a bit too sticky at first but after a while it works great.

  5. BroodMcEto Jedi Master

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  6. darth_hair Force Ghost

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    a friend of mine has a sabber with the wiper blade type grip . it looks cool but , after about 5 minuets of sparring they started falling off . the double sided tape that was used on her grips was good stuff . i would suggest rivetts .
  7. JediDragon Jedi Grand Master

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    I think hers would have stayed on better with a better adhesive too, wouldn't they?
  8. Jarsis_Stole Jedi Knight

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    It's also rumoured that the original lightsabers had wiper blades as grips, either MG or British Mini vechile wipers.
  9. Darth_Koronus Jedi Padawan

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    Try using a doorbell for the on/off switch.
  10. RuffStuff Jedi Padawan

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    We use rubber car mat for all kind of grips.
    There are loads of different patterns, you just cut a piece to fit, use superglue to join the edges and slide it on.
    make sure you roughen the edges to be glued with a little sandpaper before gluing, push the two sides firmly together and you should be ok.
    You can even cut holes in the pattern which gives a nice finish and you don't have to use a rectangle, one experiment used a diamond shape which looked good too.
  11. RuffStuff Jedi Padawan

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    We use rubber car mat for all kind of grips. There are loads of different patterns, you just cut a piece to fit, use superglue to join the edges and slide it on.
    Make sure you roughen the edges to be glued with a little sandpaper before gluing, push the two sides firmly together and you should be ok.
    You can even cut holes in the pattern which gives a nice finish and you don't have to use a rectangle, one experiment used a diamond shape which looked good too.
    We used ribbed matt to make interesting door handle grips, and on the control yoke for the shuttle set we have just started.
  12. Qui-Gon Tim Memphis, TN FanForce Chapter Rep

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    I just found this site. Check it out.

    http://members.aol.com/EDCstudios/edcsw.htm

    They sell the parts you might be looking for.
  13. PadawanNick Force Ghost

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    Bicycle stunt pegs work great too. You can get a box of 2 for $10 at most places that sell bikes (I got mine at Toys 'R Us). They've got some great, machined grips on them and you can find them in chrome, black and sometimes other colors.

    The top saber in this picture is mainly a Sears garden tool. The second one down uses a chrome bike peg.

    [image=http://www.jushhome.com/HiddenPhantom/sabers2.jpg]

    Have fun.
  14. DARTHLARS Force Ghost

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    I am using pieces of plastic pipe, looking in the style of Yoda's saber. First, I coated the pieces with black acrylic paint. Then I added a tiny amount of latex to the paint for the second layer. The third layer contains even more latex.
    The latex in the paint smoothened out any brushmarks, but I had to redo a few pieces because of some dust particles in the latex paint which get amplified.
  15. Stephan2312 Jedi Knight

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    I use rubber carrier straps for my grips:

    see my pictures here

    Stephan
  16. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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  17. SpastikMonkii Jedi Knight

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    Jedi Girl of Corellia and Shara, you guys said you used leather strips for saber grips. I'm planning to do that, but had a few questions. 1. Where did you guys get the leather? I assume it was just scraps and hopefully didn't cost too much. And B. how did you actually attach the leather to the hilt? Glue? Rivet? Thanks!
  18. Woofer Jedi Master

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    Now that this has been unlocked...

    Ignore that post about about EDC Studios. Stay AWAY!

    Unless you like to give money away and not getting anything back.

    On topic what I used on my latest custom sabre is electrical cord! The flat kind with the groove in the middle. I added a thin brass rod from a hobby shop into the groove to make it less obvious and capped the ends with small rubber thingies I bought surplus.

    Its a good height, provides a decent grip and unlike other rubber materials does not make your hands dirty.
  19. setra Jedi Knight

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    mud flaps cut into strips worked perfectly on mine
  20. Plo_Strax-Avix Jedi Knight

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    Quote Jarsis_Stole:
    It's also rumoured that the original lightsabers had wiper blades as grips, either MG or British Mini vechile wipers.

    Using windshield wiper blade is a common misconception when making sabers, like how I found out the really hard way...

    The original wiper blades used(if you don't already know) were taken from trucks or even tanks built in the 50s/60s/70s, and their wiper blades were nowhere near as sophisticated as today's wiper blades. Those were simpler times, and their wiper blades were basically just T shaped rigid rubber strips, without any fancy bits found on today's high-tech, multi-faceted, super-duper rubber or teflon wiper blades.

    Modern wiper blades are slim, flexible and extremely thin, and are totally not suitable as lightsaber grips.
  21. The_awesome_jedi Jedi Master

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    Oh, really? They work just fine for me... Anyway, O-rings work nice and so do the grips from conversion kits. I found a piece of something or other and glued it to my saber and it came out great...That somethingorother stuff is cheap if not free and looks good, especially if you know how to spruce up stuff. I think the easiest thing I've ever used is a soup can that I cut and wrapped around a handle. I glued it on and then put O-rings in the grooves. Sadly I sold this lightsaber to one of my friends fir some haloween party he was going to (WHat he doesn't kow is that I've made 3 more since then. Heheheheh...)
  22. anyte Jedi Padawan

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    My friend Brian has made a few lightsabers. On one he used just two different kinds of piping, on one he actually used the outside rubber part of an old flashlight (I'm guessing it was a big metal one with a rubber grip that slipped off). It's just a matter of looking at what you have around or can get cheaply and going "okay, that would work..."
  23. Woofer Jedi Master

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    The original grips were not wiper blades.

    That was conjecture being stated as fact.

    The actual item used was in fact T-track used in cabinets. The stuff to keep sliding doors in the right groove. Its stil not certain if they were metal or plastic, but plastic seems to be the leading guess since apparently some were painted.

    The T-track used has not been found. Its British and from the 70's. There are some that a very similar but not the exact profile.

    Any website that says they used wiper blades probably still lists a motorcylce grip being used as part of Obi-Wan's lightsabre.
  24. The_awesome_jedi Jedi Master

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    And where exactly did you get this startling new information?
  25. Jedi_Master_Ace Jedi Padawan

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    Probably from here: http://www.partsofsw.com/esbsksab.htm
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