How to Name a Lightsaber: 10 Ways Custom Saber Companies Name Prop Hilts
Although officially licensed lightsabers are always named after a Star Wars character, custom saber companies choose to name their lightsaber hilts in may different ways. Let’s look at 10 of the most common ways custom saber companies name their lightsabers.
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1. Use the Star Wars Character’s Name
Most custom saber manufacturers avoid attaching Star Wars character names to lightsabers in order to avoid getting sued by Disney. Occasionally smaller companies or companies making a hilt inspired by a minor Star Wars character will still decide to attach a Star Wars character name to the hilt. Officially licensed lightsabers and props, however, always use a Star Wars character names to identify the lightsaber.
Examples: Rey’s lightsaber, Yoda’s lightsaber, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, Darth Vader’s lightsaber
One problem with attaching a character’s name to lightsaber is that a lightsaber may have multiple owners over the years. Additionally, a character may use different models of lightsabers over the years.
Many lightsaber enthusiasts and Star Wars fans will colloquially refer to a custom lightsaber by the character’s name, even though the company typically names the lightsaber something else to avoid a lawsuit.
2. Name After the Original Prop Materials
Many custom saber companies name Original Trilogy lightsabers, which comprised of cobbled together found parts, after one of the defining parts of the lightsaber. For example the Original Trilogy Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber uses an MK1 grenade as the grip, so some saber manufacturers name the lightsaber MK1. Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber in A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back was made out of Graflex flashgun, so many custom saber companies name the lightsaber Graflex or occasionally Flashgun.
Examples: Graflex, MK1, Flashgun