Saberforge Prodigy Lightsaber Hilt Review (Graflex Tribute)

Although the Saberforge Prodigy lightsaber hilt is an original lightsaber hilt by Saberforge, Prodigy exhibits some Graflex lightsaber elements and sensibilities including the signature bunny ears in the emitter section. The hilt design also mixes in pieces that are reminiscent of the Luke Skywalker ROTJ lightsaber and the Obi-Wan Kenobi prequel lightsaber.

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Although the Saberforge Prodigy lightsaber hilt is an original lightsaber hilt by Saberforge, Prodigy exhibits some Graflex lightsaber elements and sensibilities including the signature bunny ears in the emitter section. The hilt design also mixes in pieces that are reminiscent of the Luke Skywalker ROTJ lightsaber and the Obi-Wan Kenobi prequel lightsaber.


The overall hilt is about 12 inches long from the bottom of the pommel to the top of the emitter (or about 10.5 inches long from the bottom of the pommel to the bottom of the emitter). Arguably the bunny ears in the emitter pay homage to the Graflex lightsaber more than any other feature on the Prodigy hilt.

Several other design elements in the emitter section serve as a nod to the Graflex lightsaber as well, including: the s-curve emitter, the small rectangular window at the top of the emitter, a ‘beer tab’ style engraving on one side of the emitter, and two small, cutout black circles (the circles lack the small pins on the inside, like the Graflex lightsaber, though). The emitter section also features an open, circular window on the side opposite to the ‘beer tab’ engraving. The circular window looks similar to the circular button on a Graflex lightsaber.

Below the Graflex-influenced emitter section, the hilt tapers in the neck area or choke point of the hilt. The choke point allows for easier lightsaber spinning and maneuvering. The grooved choke point’s black coloring contrasts the predominantly metallic silver color of the hilt. The black also visually ties together other black accent marks in the switch section, grip section and pommel.

Continuing down to the switch section, the hilt features two dummy switches (if you install the hilt, you could remove the dummy switches an add actual switches). The dummy switches are sandwiched between two indented, black rectangles with semi-circle ends. A series of cutout, black vertical lines encircle the switch section. Two additional indented, black rectangles with semi-circle ends are positioned above the switch section as well. The rounded off rectangles are reminiscent of the Death Star corridor pattern.

The grip section, which is similar to the grenade grip style, alternates rings of black and metallic silver. The grip section patterning bears a strong resemblance to the Luke Skywalker ROTJ lightsaber hilt. The Covertec wheel is located below the grip section.

Finally, a ‘door knob’ style vented pommel, similar to the Obi-Wan Kenobi TPM/AOTC lightsaber hilt or the Revan lightaber hilt, caps off the end of the hilt. The rounded pommel, which is mostly black, features built-in, gear tooth like pommel cubes. The pommel cubes are low profile and metallic silver in color.

The Prodigy hilt is a two-piece design comprised of the main body and a removable pommel. Some of he incidental pieces, like the bunny ears and the Covertec wheel, are removable as well with the help of a hex wrench or Allen wrench.

The overall hilt design is strongly influenced by the Graflex lightsaber, especially in the emitter section. The hilt lacks an activation box or control box like the Graflex lightsaber, however. Many of the Saberforge Prodigy hilt features, except for the bunny ears, are lower in profile and don’t stick out of the hilt as much as some of the features of a Graflex lightsaber. Even the bunny ears could be easily removed with a hex wrench, however.

Saberforge offers the world’s largest selection custom sabers. The company is based in Oregon.

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