The Ultrasabers Grand Master lightsaber hilt is a Satele Shan inspired hilt design. The hilt is about 13 inches long and 1.6 inches in diameter. Let’s take a closer look at some of the specific design features, especially the distinct, engraved grip section.
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Three fins or wings the segment the emitter area into three sections. Each section features three staggered, vertical windows with rounded corners. The blade socket depth on the Ultrasabers Grand Master is deeper than other Ultrasabers lightsaber hilts. The distance between the top of the emitter and the bottom of the lower windows is about 3 inches. The increased socket depth means that the hilt would need a longer blade plug to reach the bottom of the window. Also, if you considering getting a non-standard lightsaber blade that uses a tang or stem, like a Ripper Blades flat acrylic lightsaber blade, you would want to request a longer tang to reach the bottom of the window.
Below the emitter area, the hilt features an AV switch hole and below the AV switch hole is one of the most memorable sections of hilt: the ornately engraved grip section area. The metallic silver colored engravings contrast the anodized black grip section (the hilt is available in additional colors including red, gold or blue). The laser engraved lines curve and twist around the hilt in a ‘hand-drawn’ sort of way. The line depth and width is constant throughout the hilt. Maybe it’s just me, but the engraved lines remind me a bit of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night piece some reason.
It’s neat watching all of the different engraved lines and curves and seeing how they loop and twist around the hilt. The engraving pattern is included in the hilt design and not optional, so you cannot purchase a Grand Master hilt will a solid black grip area.
The hilt’s pommel features a series of three ‘swirly’ vents. Of course, many people purchasing this Grand Master hilt will want to get two in order to combine the two hilts to make one saberstaff or double-bladed lightsaber. The character Satele Shan uses a double-bladed lightsaber in Star Wars canon. The Ultrasabers Grand Master pommel is MHS compatible, so creating a saberstaff entails getting an MHS compatible coupler from Ultrasabers or an MHS V1 coupler or extension piece from The Custom Saber Shop.
Two recurring design features of the hilt are the swirls (e.g. engraved grip section and pommel vents) and presence of many things in ‘threes’ (e.g. three emitter fins, groups of three windows, and three pommel vents).
Ultrasabers Grand Master first became available for pre-order in March 2019 and was released in May 2019.