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Appropriate length for custom saber

 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:10 pm    Post subject: Appropriate length for custom saber Reply with quote

Is there a window of what's acceptable or not as far as lightsaber length?

Specifically, I would like to go a little shorter than normal, and definitely a little shorter hilt, as most feel really long and unwieldy to me.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A big question is:

Will this be just a 'belt hanger decoration' or do you plan on having electronics in it?

Electronics will require the hilt to be of adequate length based upon the type of components used. Count on an average length of 10" inches. The typical two-handed 'bastard' sword hilt is at least 12" for two-handed wielding.

If it's just going to be a belt hanger (and not meant for actual use), then make it as short as you'd like it.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you are talking blade length it all depends on the size of your hilt and personal preference .....I use between a 32" to 36"blade. The hilt can be anywhere from 8"to 16"depending on what all you have in it sound card, crystal chamber etc,,,
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, guys. I would hate to put a lot of time into it only to find it was an inch too short. I want it to be more than just the hilt hanging.

I am thinking about a 10-12' blade, but a shorter blade - maybe as short as 24". Would that be a problem?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sunnyteresa wrote:
Thanks, guys. I would hate to put a lot of time into it only to find it was an inch too short. I want it to be more than just the hilt hanging.

I am thinking about a 10-12' blade, but a shorter blade - maybe as short as 24". Would that be a problem?


You usually won't find many blades shorter than 30", but it's all about what looks proportionate to you. Since the blade will be removable and not have any electronics in it, you'll find a different center of balance on one you build vs a stock FX saber too.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I meant a 10-12" hilt with a 24-26" blade. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ususally, the lenght of the lightsabers I built are similar to a katana
(about 103-105cm ; 40 1/2 - 41 1/3 in.)
with a hilt lenght who is about 30 cm (11,8 in).
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll all depend on what feels comfortable to you and your goals for the saber. I'd suggest getting a 3' piece of pvc pipe, broom stick, or something similar, mark a line for the hilt at 10-12", and see if that feels comfortable to you and achieves the look you want. Also, if you're uncertain on blade length, you can always cut the blade yourself and keep going until you reach a good length.

As a side note, the hilt I carry is just under 10". It feels good for use in one hand (which was the intent), but wouldn't be my first choice if I wanted to pose/spar with two hands on the hilt (though two hands do fit).
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lightsabers above all other jedi costuming parts are more personal ,

everyone has tabbards and tunics ect. .but the lightsaber is unique to each, so there really is no rule that determines saber construction ... just blade color...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 24-26 inch blade would be fine if that is the look you are going for. As long as it is a blade for an LED saber, you can always cut it down to what you want. My wife has a saber-staff for her Sith and I just cut down a 36 inch blade to fit what she needed when it is in the "pike" configuration (I think hers is in your 24-26 inch range).
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up buying one second hand. The hilt is 12" and the blade is 28". It does feel unwieldy, but it seems it is more from the weight of the hilt rather than the length.

Not the best shot, but here it is.

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