Picking your perfect Star Wars lightsaber is no easy task. You want to make sure it fits you, after all. Some people search for the perfect replica. Still, others search for something that only they will own. The ability to hold such an elegant weapon and duel with your fellow Force wielders is unbelievable. There are countless options for getting your hands on the perfect custom lightsabers, but for now, we’re going to focus on the big-name players. We deeply respect custom craftsmen, but as they tend to have longer waitlists — we want to help people find their saber a bit faster. (And for this list, we’re not looking at the inexpensive but fun mass-market models). We’re also going to focus on the custom saber, not prop replicas. We love seeing unique items in collections.
Despite Disney’s usual wild abandon with copyright suits, for some reason, they have chosen to ignore the long-standing custom lightsaber market. This means a great many small custom saber companies exist and compete to make Star Wars fans their dream saber. While most of the time, things will be plug and play, you will find enough combinations of parts, colors, shapes, and styles to make your saber truly one of a kind.
If your favorite didn’t make the Best Custom LightSaber list — Don’t blast us! We know there are countless small shops which produce highly detailed work, and we highly recommend you check them out too! With all custom items, look around and find the one that is perfect for you. This is your Lightsaber, after all. And it should be perfect for you.
If you’re looking for a cheap, duel ready saber, or your first custom saber to get into the hobby, UltraSabers is a great place to start. However, that comes at a cost. Their hilts are pretty dull. There we said it. If you want something that looks like it could be wielded by a Jedi on screen or in the comics, you probably want to look elsewhere. They are duel capable, but we find them best for beginners.
While their price is pretty good — about $65 for a duel ready saber with no sound to about $350 for a fully decked saber with multiple sound fonts. The thing is, they don’t use a chassis for their electronics. Which is a significant point against them. Why spend extra for a nice sound card when it’s going to get banged around while you’re dueling? We also recommend picking a different sound card. There are plenty out there from custom makers — and if you don’t know how to set it up yourself, you can pay people to install a sound card for you.
UltraSabers don’t usually use rechargeable lithium batteries, like most companies do now, and are still using AAAs. They also make you pay for the tool to tighten your blade, instead of including it in the price. Which makes us a little leary of them. Their hilts are also incredibly thick, like 2″ thick in most cases. Which makes them a little unwieldy.
We aren’t saying don’t get an UltraSaber — but really look into what you want before you commit.
With a price tag nearing $200 — excuse us, 200 Credits — a Savi’s Workshop saber surprised many more casual fans. However, that’s honestly at the lower end of the cost spectrum for a custom saber. The process is what gets this saber on our list. Where most companies simply send you a box with your finished saber, at Savi’s you make your own. You choose from four styles, which each have several options, and then build your saber from the parts selected. The parts feel sturdy and heavy, which gives them a nice hand feel and fit together with ease. If you get stuck, there are Disney staff on hand to help you.
What makes this worth the price, and such an awesome saber is the presentation. The theatrics of working with saber crafters to make your very own saber in a themed room. The lighting, theatrics, and ambiance really makes this a one of a kind experience. Choosing your crystal becomes a ritual, constructing your hilt is personal. While the LEDs and the sounds might not be the best on the market, the ritual of your saber’s creation is what makes the moment.
For your money, you will build a mid-grade saber, which will be mock duel capable. You can’t be as rough as some of the higher-end sabers, but it will hold up to more careful tapping combat. Kid-friendly combat we like to say. The biggest drawback to this system is that you also need to buy a day pass into Disneyland. This usually ranges from $104-$129 a day (it gets cheaper the more days you buy). This means you can actually bring in the cost of this saber to over $300 — not including the pricey Disney food. For the experience, we think it’s worth it, for the quality, you could do better.
There was a lot of interest in Kyberlight when they first appeared on Kickstarter. The company promised an indestructible blade and the brightest saber on the market. We got half of that promise. The blade truly is near indestructible. You can hit this thing on nearly anything and not worry. However, it seems, to us, that while the LED’s are so bright, you’ll hurt your eyes looking into them, they dim before they reach the tip. This might be because of the indestructible nature of the blade, but it could also be a design flaw.
While the brightness has improved version to version, it still hasn’t been fully corrected. Most blades have a little drop off before the tip, but it’s always seemed more accentuated in Kyberlight. The primary colors, blue, green, and red, are all incredibly bright. Still, the rest of the 20 promised colors are a bit dim by comparison. However, their blades offer flash-on-clash, which is fantastic.
A nice thing about Kyber is how easy it is to change out and customize parts. The handle is big. BIG BIG. Like inches longer than most, you can get your hands on. To some, this is nice, but we find it a little too long for us. However, onto that base, you can change out every other accessory. The grips come in different colors, the blade guards come in different shapes, and the pommels come in different styles. You can even buy a kit for $300 that includes multiple options. Its sounds are limited compared to others, but it offers an excellent mute option for those who want it.
For the price, it’s a good Saber. This saber will color switch quickly, and if that’s something you value, it’s one of the best. It will absolutely stand up to your dueling, but for around the same price, there are other options available.
There are some pros and cons to SaberForge. If you want a basic saber, that is a very basic handle, one color, and no sound, you can get a saber for $160. This makes it one of the least expensive custom sabers on the list. However, that saber is going to be incredibly plain and without much personal flare. It also lacks all the neat features many of the others do.
The thing is if you want something truly unique like a crossguard saber, or the even more expensive crystal saber (which exposes the Kyber crystal), you’re looking at $200 or $300 just for the handle. Not to mention the blade and all the parts. You could if you built a saber with their best parts and their highest end soundboard, be looking at $800 – $1000 for your perfect 100% decked out saber.
We will say their soundboards are mostly good. Still, they don’t use a chassis for the electronics, meaning that too many hits, or enough shaking, can cause things to go a little wonky — like UltraSabers. Saberforge is also known for having a lot of hit or miss quality control, and they are known throughout the community for removing negative reviews about their business. While some people swear by them, make sure you read the reviews before you make a judgment.
We really like their handles, don’t get us wrong, they are attractive. Even the low-level handles are good looking for the price, but with the quality control issues, make sure you really know what you’re getting into when you buy.
If you’re looking for THE ultimate saber, Vader’s Vault is where it’s at. Their work is known far and wide for their quality. Their stuff is sleek, sword-like, and balanced. They also do not skimp on the details. All blades come with a sound card, and their colors are bright, vivid, and perfect. All of their blades will hold up to dueling, which is a huge bonus. There is no sacrifice, and their customer service is top-notch.
Their sounds are amazing, there are so many sound fonts to choose from it makes us giddy. They offer flash on clash (everyone’s favorite), and you can customize what color your saber flashes. Their basic models are a little basic, but with everything that comes with them — we don’t even care. All of their sabers also can be upgraded to having 16 color profiles that can be switched on the fly. Which is fantastic for the Force user who hasn’t settled on a side, who likes to change based on their moods (mood saber anyone?). With all the things we’ve said negative about the other companies, you have to be thinking, what’s the catch?
Well, as they are one of the fan-favorite producers and a significant player in the space, expect to wait up to 16 weeks to get your custom saber. Every saber is made to order and carefully inspected. There are loads of people waiting in line, so it will take a bit.
There is also the price. Their sabers start at around $300 and only go up from there. Their master class Starkiller Lightsaber sells for a staggering $2,600 — without upgrades and is limited edition. Right now, they have sold out, but we’re sure they will eventually produce another model as it’s their flagship saber. For a genuinely nice saber, we would expect to pay $700+ for an upgraded Vader’s Vault. While this may seem like a lot, we honestly believe that it’s worth the price.
A few smaller shops worth noting. Genesis Custom Sabers, ForceSabersUK (UK Seller!), KR Sabers, and Custom Diversions. If you’re looking for more information on the pros and cons of the big players, we can’t recommend the Lightsaber Reddit group enough. Their buyer’s guide is updated regularly.
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