Most non-standard lightsaber blades–blades that differ from a standard polycarbonate tube lightsaber blade–use a blade tang/blade stem at the bottom of the blade. The blade tang is cylindrical and looks very similar to a lightsaber blade plug. All you have to do is place the blade tang into the lightsaber emitter, much like you would with a standard lightsaber blade, then tighten the blade retention screw as usual.
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In order to make sure that your non-standard lightsaber blade works with your lightsaber hilt, you need to look at: blade socket diameter and blade socket depth. The blade tang diameter should match the diameter of the lightsaber blade you would ordinarily use with your lightsaber hilt (1 inch diameter blades and 7/8 inch diameter blades are the most common). You should also tailor the blade tang length to your hilt. If your lightsaber hilt has windows in the emitter, for example, you may want a longer blade socket on your non-standard lightsaber blade.
Looking for a non-standard blade for your lightsaber hilt? Here are few companies to consider. Flat acrylic lightsaber blades are among the more popular non-standard lightsaber blades currently available.
Flat Acylic Lightsaber Blades
LuxSabers (Etsy) France [affiliate link]
LuxSabers primary sells flat acrylic lightsaber blades, but also sells a Corran Horn custom lightsaber.
ACLightabers (Etsy) Malaysia [affiliate link]
ACLightsabers primarily sells budget lightsabers, but their store features some flat acrylic lightsaber blades as well.
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Flat acrylic lightsaber blade from eBay seller nginejnky87
Miscellaneous Non-standard Lightsaber Blades
Saberforge (Etsy) [affiliate link]
Saberforge sells several non-standard blades including: a Berseker Axe Blade Set, Crusader Axe Blade Set, and a Light Whip.
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