DX Sabers, sometimes written as DXSabers, is a custom saber company that operates an Etsy store and stand-alone website DXSabers.com. Founded in 2020, the company website states that DX Sabers operates out of shared office space in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Shen Zhen, Guangdong, China. SaberSourcing has not purchased any items from DX Sabers.
DX Sabers LLC is a registered business entity in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, according to Pennsylvania Department of State records.
Source: https://www.corporations.pa.gov/search/corpsearch; Retrieved 5/7/2020
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Who runs DX Sabers?
According to the DX Sabers Etsy store and Facebook page, Paul Doghramji, Jr. (“The Dark Jedi”) serves as Owner, Creator, and Customer Service. Additionally, the DX Sabers website states that DX Sabers works with “Chris Lee (Wuxi Victor MFG), Damien Xu and Vera Jones (CEO of LGT Sabers), and Makiyo Tuang (CEO of YDD Sabers).”
Source: https://www.dxsabers.com/about; Retrieved 5/5/2020
“We started this company because we are tired of other companies profiting so hard off of these awesome lightsabers.” The DX Sabers Facebook page about section says. “We are bringing affordable and super well made lightsabers to the marketplace so that everyone can afford the lightsaber of their dreams!”
Source: https://www.facebook.com/dxsabers; Retrieved 5/5/2020
DX Sabers Saber Designs
DX Sabers sells a selection of hilt designs that are made in China, including products from LGT Sabers and YDD Sabers. Some of the designs are character inspired and others are not. Multiple designs are available on Alibaba and AliExpress or from other resellers. Reselling LGT Sabers and YDD Sabers is extremely common and not inherently a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ endeavor.
Some of the photos used by DX Sabers originate from different companies. For example, an image for a Revan style lightsaber in the DX Sabers store is the same as an image for 3D printed Thingiverse lightsaber design by CaseStudyno8 from 2016.
Brittain Woolley of the custom saber company Saber Royale has alleged on Facebook that DX Sabers is selling a recast of a Saber Royale design. “They are selling an old [Starkiller style] design of mine as well, sans permission or royalties of course.”
Source: 4/30/2020 Facebook post in The Vault: A Custom Lightsaber Community
Additionally, DX Sabers has been banned from the r/lightsabers subreddit. The r/lightsabers subreddit is the largest lightsaber-themed subreddit on reddit with over 49,000 members. The r/lightsabers moderator T_Quach discusses the ban in the r/lightsabers subreddit thread ‘My experience with DX sabers’.
Source: r/lightsabers subreddit thread ‘My experience with DX sabers’; Retrieved 5/5/2020)
DX Sabers Facebook Recommendations
As of May 5, 2020, DX Sabers has 13 Facebook reviews, 12 of which recommend the company and one of which does not recommend the company. Three of the March 2020 reviews are made by Facebook profiles using a stock photo of a person or a photo of a person posted elsewhere on the internet. Five out of the seven Facebook recommendations for DX Sabers posted in March 2020 have Facebook profile photos that were uploaded on the same day as the recommendation and have no Facebook friends or other info publicly listed on their Facebook profiles.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/dxsabers; Retrieved 5/5/2020
Does DX Sabers sell “Force FX Lightsabers”?
A “Force FX Lightsaber” is a trademarked term for an officially licensed, character inspired lightsaber manufactured by Hasbro (currently) or Master Replicas (formerly). DX Sabers lists many of its custom sabers as “Force FX Lightsabers” even though none of its products are officially licensed or described as Hasbro or Master Replicas products.
Source: Force FX Lightsaber Trademark record http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4801:uvr2dw.2.1; Retrieved 5/6/2020
Sophie’s Sabers Foundation
The DX Sabers website states that, “Every purchase of THE MASTER REY lightsaber will donate a portion to Sophie’s Sabers Foundation. The money gets put into an account that Sophie’s parents can use to spend on her bills, fun times, etc.” The website also features a “Donate” button on the Sophie’s Sabers Foundation page.
Source: https://www.dxsabers.com/sophiessabers; Retrieved 5/5/2020
The DX Sabers website states that “Sophie’s Sabers Foundation is registered with the IRS and the United States Goverment as a non-profit organization.” Google results for “Sophie’s Sabers Foundation” all refer to the DX Sabers website. SaberSourcing could not locate an independent “Sophie’s Sabers Foundation” website, Facebook page, or contact information.
On May 7, 2020, the DX Sabers Facebook page posts that the EIN for “Sophie’s Sabers Foundation” is 85-0905941. SaberSourcing could not locate or verify the nonprofit status of the organization using the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search. SaberSourcing searches for the organization name “Sophie’s Sabers Foundation” and the EIN 85-0905941 “did not return any result”. The IRS states, “Certain eligible donees (i.e., churches, group ruling subordinates, and governmental units) may not be listed.”
Source: https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search; Retrieved 5/6/2020
DX Sabers Lightsaber Arm Attachment
On May 6, 2020, DX Sabers posts an image of lightsaber arm attachments on DX Sabers Facebook page, writing, “If you are someone who would love a lightsaber arm please reach out to us as we can make them custom just for your arm!!!” The photo is from reddit user EatPrayNub. When asked if EatPrayNub gave DX Sabers permission to use the photo, EatPrayNub responds, “We did not, and I have just submitted a copyright claim via Facebook and Instagram. Not sure what good it will do, but this is annoying.”
Source: r/lightsabers subreddit thread ‘My best friend and I wearing our lightsaber arm attachments. May the 4th be with you.‘; Retrieved 5/7/2020
In a separate reddit post, EatPrayNub writes, “The [lightsaber arm attachment] adapter was designed by myself and a friend at the bionics company Össur, then machined by SaberForge to fit their adaptive saber parts….DX sabers has stolen that picture from me, which I posted on my social media 2 days ago [May 4, 2020].”
Source: r/lightsabers subreddit thread ‘DX Sabers Is Threatening to Sue Me (SaberSourcing)‘; Retrieved 5/7/2020
The lightsaber arm attachment photo has been removed from the DX Sabers Facebook account and Instagram account.
‘CALL OR COURT’ Email from DX Sabers to SaberSourcing
Following the initial posting of this article on May 5, 2020, DX Sabers emailed SaberSourcing a series of at 5 messages within the span of 40 minutes.
In one email, entitled “CALL OR COURT”, DX Sabers founder Paul Doghramji, Jr. writes, “You have no idea how much in violation of the law you are and we expect this article taken down immediately or you will be hearing from my attorney.”
A screenshot of the email is enclosed below. Note, I am not blacking out the contact information listed in the email because the same email address and phone number are publicly listed on the DXSabers.com contact page.
COVER IMAGE Stock photo from Pexels