A universal truth is that necessity is the mother of invention, and Saberdyne Industries started as a search for a reliable combat saber. It became clear in the early outings of Sons of Obiwan's demonstration and performance team that we needed a commercial level, durable saber . The Demo team uses sabers for up to 12 hours a day at conventions and performances - where they are thrown around, dropped and horrendously mistreated. We found problems with durability, heat retained in the hilt from the LED, and battery time in our externally bought sabers in 2015. One thing became clear: we needed stronger sabers.
From the shards of oh so many broken electronics, scrapped plastic and snapped metal hilts, the development of a saber that could outlast the rigours of a Sons of Obiwan convention began. Early iterations of the product - at the time aptly named "Sons' Sabers" - hit shelves in mid-2016. Multiple prototypes, design changes and variations over the past two years have led to the company and product range that we have today: Saberdyne Industries, "the last saber you'll ever need." Greg Grunberg, Heroes, Star Trek, Star Wars Episode 7.
Our sabers are 99% Australian made. The hilts are machined in the Central Coast and wrapped by our local team members, and our patented Voodoo sleds are wired in our office in Tuggerah.
What Comes In The Box
WHAT ARE THEY MADE OUT OF?
Saberdyne hilts are crafted out of aircraft grade structural aluminium alloy. The alloy is corrosion-resistant, lightweight and insanely strong.
Our standard blades come in at 26 inches long as we've found it's the easiest to handle for spin and flow routines for persons of all heights and sizes. There's a good reason our blades don't break often - they're polycarbonate, the same stuff that bulletproof glass is made of. We've tossed these things from a two story building and barely scratched them, so rest assured your Saberdyne blade is made to last.
The Parts That Glow
Our patented Voodoo sled system is 3D printed right here on the Coast. The sled not only keeps the saber running cool, but also makes charging and colour change infinitely easier. All wiring, switches and recharge ports are encased in the sled, making it is easy to change the colour of the saber by sliding out one sled and inserting another with a different LED. This is also great for long days, as ownership of two sleds means that when one dies you can put it on charge and replace it within a minute. The show must go on!
HOW LONG WILL MY SABER LAST FOR?
Saberdyne Industries has developed these sabers with commercial use in mind. Saberdyne is the weapon of choice of Australia’s Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy who travel around the country teaching and performing lightsaber and theatre combat - and as you can imagine this leads to a lot of wear and tear. Sabers are thrown, tossed around, dropped and otherwise mistreated across events that can last up to 12 hours a day - and Saberdyne has developed these sabers to outlast in the two areas that matter most:
Our Voodoo sleds use a rechargeable battery which, from full charge, lasts up to 16 hours (depending on LED colour. Recharging the sled once it has finally flickered out requires access to a power point and usually takes between 3 and 4 hours.
In terms of damage over time these combat sabers can take a lot! The Sons crew have thrown their sabers, dropped them on concrete, run over them with cars, tossed them out of two story buildings and committed as much general havoc with them as a performance crew possibly can - and still, these Saberdynes endure! Our hilts are made to handle wear for the long haul - scuffs and scrapes can have it looking well used and contribute to a gnarly, grunge aesthetic, but the overall integrity of the saber will last you a lifetime.
DO YOUR SABERS HAVE SOUND?
The short answer is: not yet, no.
The long answer is a bit more involved. The goal of Saberdyne Industries is to make sabers that endure and outlast commercial-level use - and the fact of the matter is that the sound hardware in most other brands on the market can't handle the rigours we put these things through. We would love for our sabers to be making those crisp lightsaber sounds as we spin, throw and clash them together, and ultimately we are planning to create a sound system for our sabers that isn't going to break from a couple of extra hard knocks and a lot of getting dropped on the ground - but development takes time. So we're working on it - we just don't have an estimated time of delivery on it yet. But we'll keep you updated as development continues!
HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
We start with the base price of a saber, with some customisation options costing extra. In general, our base prices are set based on plating options and look like this:
- Raw aluminium saber: $499 AUD
- Plated saber: $550 AUD
- 24k Gold plated saber: $600 AUD
There is an additional charge for any custom tooling and art on the leather wrap which our artist, Lei, will quote. Lei's tooled wraps can cost anywhere between $50 and $300 depending on the amount of time and detail that the commission requires.
I'VE SEEN THAT YOU HAVE DOUBLE-ENDED SABERS AND SABER-PIKES. CAN I GET ONE?
Yes indeed! Our staffs/double ended sabers are quite literally two Saberdyne Industries combat sabers screwed together with an air-grade aluminium connector. Any two Saberdyne sabers can be put together using this accessory, though you may prefer to use two matching sabers to achieve a balanced weight across the staff. A raw aluminium saber staff comes in at $1000 AUD, with plating options adding between $100-$300 AUD depending on the finish. If you already have two sabers and you just need the connector we sell them for $50 each.
Our saber pikes are also available but as they're generally less common we make them to order - so it may take a few weeks for us to get it made and sent to you. Contact us to discuss your ideal look and we will quote a price and estimate delivery for you.
WHAT IF MY SABER NEEDS REPAIRS?
We provide a one year warranty on all of our sabers. If any issues arise within that time simply ship it to us for repairs and we'll cover the return cost. Outside of that warranty period we can still provide repairs - just contact us to discuss the issue and we'll work something out.
I WANT A HILT THAT’S OUT OF STOCK! WHEN WILL YOU GET MORE?
If you have your eye set on a specific hilt style and there are none left in the store shoot us a message to request it in our next manufacturing run. We order based on demand, so the faster we sell out the sooner we’ll order more - though we typically do 10-15 saber runs each year. Updates on saber runs will be announced on our facebook and instagram accounts - usually giving a date to get requests in before we do our order, and later a notification when we get that stock in to the Temple - so check on there or send us a message for a more detailed response from our team.
WHAT IS THE WAIT TIME ON ORDERS?
This depends on your order! Our online store lists all the hilts and other items we have in stock and available for shipping within the week. For custom sabers the wait time may be significantly longer, especially in cases where we are out of stock of a hilt style and will need to order it in with our next run. In this case we will keep you informed of where we’re up to in processing your order - right from placing the run order with our manufacturer through to shipping the finished saber on to you!
WHERE DO YOU SHIP TO?
Anywhere in the world (that mail goes to)! We've sent sabers to a dozen different locations internationally already, so if you want one we'll work out how to get it to you!
HOW MUCH IS SHIPPING?
Shipping for our sabers, based on the average weight, is $30 AUD to destinations inside Australia and $80 AUD to most international addresses.
LUKE - ELECTRONICS
When he's not down on the temple floor teaching classes or running a show at a convention somewhere across the Australian continent, Luke can normally be found sequestered away in the office at Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy wiring sleds for the latest saber run. Many a day has been spent putting all the pieces together to get these sleds vibrant and ready to go.
DAVE - HILT DESIGN AND MACHINING
Our master hiltsmith, Dave lives and works on the Central Coast. All of our hilts are prototyped and machined in his shed at home, so you can always expect a personal touch.
SUSAN - MATERIAL WRAPS
Hailing from Gosford and operating as The Eclectic Seamstress, Susan specialises in fashion, costumery, and custom sized clothing. In her spare time Susan supplies and stitches custom wraps for our saber hilts including coloured leathers and other, more exotic materials. For more information on Susan and her work as a designer head over to her Facebook page here.
LEI - LEATHER ART
Owner and operator of Tristone Crafts, Lei creates custom leather art to wrap our saber hilts. Check out more of Lei's work in leatherwork, costume and prop design here.