Ever since I first wielded that cardboard tube while watching Star Wars on VHS, wearing of course my Boba Fett underoos, I wanted my own lightsaber. This dream, however muted, did not fade with time. Cardboard tubes were replaced with flashlights, but that was not enough. It soon occurred to me that I could dress up a flashlight with a little aluminum tubing and a few select pieces from my junk drawer.

A week ago in a garage not-so far away…
I began with a Mag-Lite flashlight and an aluminum tube. The tube needed to be machined to a size that would fit the flashlight. After that was done, it was quick work to cut the tube up with a Dremel, tap some screw holes, and attach the remaining parts with Sugru.

The child in me is more excited about the finished product than anything I’ve created thus far. Finally, I own my own eloquent weapon for this most uncivilized age.

“This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as a blaster, but an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire.”

―Obi-Wan Kenobi


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