Let’s take a look at a Korbanth MPP lightsaber hilt with custom scorched weathering by Shameem. The custom saber hilt, which is inspired by the design of the Darth Vader lightsaber, is heavily weathered to point of appearing extremely blackened or charred, as if the lightsaber has been recovered from a fire. Ordinarily the hilt has a metallic silver finish. This weathered hilt looks more like the hilt has survived a fire or the destruction of the second Death Star (you can create any plausible narrative or backstory that you’d like).
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This gorgeously weathered Korbanth MPP lightsaber hilt, which accepts a 7/8 inch blade, is blackened throughout most of the metal areas. A clear coat finish covers the weathering. The black emitter shroud and black T-track grips don’t appear to have added weathering. The other metal parts of the hilt, however, and the D-ring, transparent bubble strip, and other greeblies have a brownish/dark grayish smokey or cloudy sort of appearance.
Most of the upper half of the hilt is weathered in a smokey or cloudy manner. The grip section, which is situated in the lower part of the hilt, features very fine lines of weathering in instead (I like to refer to this style as “tree ring” weathering).
One of the fun aspects of this custom “scorched weathering” style is you can make up your own story of how the lightsaber survived the destruction of the second Death Star. Maybe following the destruction of the Second Death Star, the lightsaber tumbles through space until a traveler recovers the saber. Maybe the lightsaber is part of an alternate reality where the saber survives an intense battle on a lava planet like Mustafar. The owner may create whichever story they’d like for the weathered saber.
Korbanth is a United States based custom saber company that sells limited runs of character inspired lightsaber hilts.
Shameem Moshrefzadeh, who operated Shameem’s Saber Customization Services, is a custom saber installer and customizer who was primarily active between 2015 to 2019.
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