What is a stunt saber? | Lightsaber Terminology
A stunt saber refers to a custom saber that lights up but does not make sound or a screen used lightsaber stunt prop in one of the Star Wars movies. Let’s take a closer look at each type of stunt saber.
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Stunt Saber: A Custom Saber Without Sound
A stunt saber is generally configured with a single color, in-hilt LED, meaning the illumination source is located inside the hilt (much like a flashlight). Many sabers use Cree LEDs (Cree is a large, industry leading LED company). The hilt may be equipped with a single diode or multiple diodes (i.e. Tri Cree LED, Quad Cree LED, etc.).
Stunt sabers generally use a simple wiring setup to connect the battery, activation switch, and LED. The hilt may also contain a chassis to minimize the movement of internal components.
Most stunt sabers do not require a circuit board/controller, however, a stunt saber with visual effects and RGB color changing capabilities requires a board like the Spectra V2 Blade Controller. A stunt saber is sometimes jokingly or derogatorily referred to a “flashlight” lightsaber due to the lightsaber’s lack of sound.
Stunt sabers are often less expensive than sound sabers due to the simplicity of their wiring. Lightsaber enthusiasts commonly purchase a stunt saber as a first lightsaber or as a beater capable of handling vigorous lightsaber dueling. The durability of stunt sabers varies, however, a stunt saber generally should be capable of at least light to moderate dueling.
Stunt Saber: A Screen Used Stunt Prop
A stunt saber or simply “stunt” may refer to a specialized, screen used lightsaber prop in one of the Star Wars movies designed for an action sequence. A stunt saber lacks the decorative details of a hero lightsaber.
Although some stunt saber hilts are made from metal, other stunt sabers are made from rubber, wood, or resin in order to make the prop safer for the actors, stunt performers, crew and also to help preserve the condition of the set and the prop itself.
A stunt saber prop is tailored to a specific type of scene or moment (e.g. lightsaber dueling, lightsaber getting thrown or dropped, etc.). For example, one of the stunt saber props of the Skywalker lightsaber was rigged specifically for the scene when Luke Skywalker loses his hand in Empire Strikes Back (1980).