Shameem Custom MHS Graflex Thin Neck Hybrid Lightsaber Hilt Review
This is a custom MHS Graflex Thin Neck Hybrid Lightsaber by Shameem Moshrefzadeh. The hilt is primarily comprised of Modular Hilt System (MHS) parts from The Custom Saber Shop. The hybrid design of the lightsaber hilt is pretty wild, paying homage to both the Graflex lightsaber and the thin neck lightsabers in Original Trilogy. Few sabers reference both designs at the same time.
The hilt borrows design features from the Graflex lightsaber and a thin neck lightsaber like the Luke Skywalker ROTJ lightsaber. If you cover up the neck section, the hilt looks more or less like a standard, maybe slightly longer-than-average, Graflex style lightsaber. But the presence of the thin-neck design element disrupts the profile of the entire hilt. Not that that’s a bad thing. The thin neck surprisingly complements the overall hilt design.
The top several inches of the hilt is styled like the Graflex or Skywalker lightsaber, including iconic features like the bunny ears and a glass eye on one side and a decorative red button (non-functional) on the other. A Graflex style blade plug, with a brass pin in its center, is installed in the hilt to add some realism to the emitter section. The emitter features the iconic s-curve shape.
A thin, black spacer is installed below the emitter section. Several additional spacers are incorporated into other parts of the hilt as well. All of the black spacers and black T-track grips visually tie together throughout the hilt.
Moving down the hilt, we reach the taper of the thin neck! The thin neck is powder coated a gold color, much like the thin neck lightsabers in the Original Trilogy. The shade of the gold colored thin neck is slightly different than, but very similar to, the brass pins near the top of the hilt.
Below the neck, the hilt features two metallic silver, recessed tactile switches (Shameem used to sell these custom switches in his now closed Etsy store (affiliate link), one on either side of the hilt. A short, metallic silver ‘gear-tooth’ style section is situated below the switches. Long, black T-track grips encircle the lower grip section of the hilt (the grips feel like a hard plastic version rather than a rubbery version). Finally, the hilt tapers slightly at the pommel. A D-ring is installed on the bottom of the vented pommel, completing the look of the hilt.
Overall, the MHS Graflex Thin Neck lightsaber hilt is a really cool custom hybrid design, incorporating design cues from both Graflex style lightsabers and thin neck style lightsabers. Since the hilt is made from many Modular Hilt System (MHS) parts, you could visit The Custom Saber Shop and attempt to construct a similar lightsaber hilt, if you’d like.
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Shameem Moshrefzadeh, founder of Shameem’s Saber Customization Services, was a United States based custom saber builder. He announced that he was “transitioning out of the world of custom saber building” in August 2019.