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ThinkGeek: Lightsaber Practice Bokken
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:30 pm    Post subject: ThinkGeek: Lightsaber Practice Bokken Reply with quote

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/c7a0/

Okay, aside from just being generally cool, it occurs to me that at $25.00, with a saw (to remove the "blade"), a bit of paint, and a D-ring or Covertech wheel, this could make a pretty spiffy decorative hilt for less than $50.

Just a thought.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neato! Cool


might be an interesting idea, but would look to take some elbow grease to make it work as a "hero" hilt.

on a saberists note: I'm curious as to the balance of the "Saber bokken". if it is anything like a broom stick [which this looks like a fancy version of] the weight and balance could be very different from the electronic versions that are usually used for show choreography. this changes the types of moves and tricks that an be accomplished, and can be a weird transition.

but that's just me & my P.O.V. Very Happy

should be good for those who don't do performances though to practice or exercise with.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you know what makes a great practice saber? a 44 inch pool cue. (the "short" stick) Razz

unlike a broom stick, a pool cue gets fatter towards the 'hilt' end.
the center of balance is ~12-18 inches from the butt of the cue.
(some are even weighted, to make the butt-end even heavier).

they come in all different lengths , the shortest is about 36 inches..
..but the 44 inch variety is the most saber-like Wink hehe
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exalted_1 wrote:
Neato! Cool


might be an interesting idea, but would look to take some elbow grease to make it work as a "hero" hilt.


Sure, but elbow grease is what we're all about, right? Wink

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on a saberists note: I'm curious as to the balance of the "Saber bokken". if it is anything like a broom stick [which this looks like a fancy version of] the weight and balance could be very different from the electronic versions that are usually used for show choreography. this changes the types of moves and tricks that an be accomplished, and can be a weird transition.

but that's just me & my P.O.V. Very Happy

should be good for those who don't do performances though to practice or exercise with.


True. Hard to say unless one tries it out.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would say it wouldn't really matter. Smile

a pool cue you say? except I've broken many of these in the past. not the short ones though.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like someone found a bunch of old table legs and sawed them into pieces...then stuck a broomstick in the end. call it a saber.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find looks good...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course given the fact that Nick used Kendo as one of his inspirations, this might work better for demos than something with the center of gravity much closer to the pommel.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, I would totally get one of these if I knew anyone who could teach me some moves!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If ya ever get into acting Leia and I work on the same project as you I can Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leia wrote:
Man, I would totally get one of these if I knew anyone who could teach me some moves!


No doubt--if I knew where to go and had the time and money outside of school, I would totally take Kendo lessons
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a few good books on Kendo and Iaido, when I have time later I will go through them and post the titles. The books are not a substitute for actual lessons but they are a good start.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Fan Force has a saber group that I practice with every Wed. night. We do a modified form of Kendo and use Kendo shinai.

We do mostly sparring, and team games, and some choreo for demonstration shows.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not fighting, but you can find saber spinning tutorials on Youtube.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess from the cost perspective its not a bad idea, but I'll take a thickwalled blade on a led stun saber any day over a bokken especially a broom stick lol.
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