Starfall Sabers started with a simple idea: Wouldn’t it be cool to have a lightsaber hilt hanging from your belt for the premier of Episode VII?
About the time Disney announced plans for a new trilogy, a long time Star Wars fan (since 9 years old) Nick Cohen, asked himself that very question. Not satisfied with what the current saber community had to offer he decided to build his own display lightsaber hilt from junk he found at thrift stores.
He posted his creation on his personal Instagram account and his friends and family thought it was really cool. They encouraged Nick to build more. So he built a few more to the same praise of his peers. “You should totally sell them!”, his friends and family told him! “No way! They won’t ever sell”, proclaimed Nick. But he secretly thought to himself, “what if they DO sell?”
So Nick created an Instagram account by the name of @lightsabers_forever. The hilts DID start selling and the account grew to 14k followers. Overwhelmed and wanting to change direction he closed the account and started @starfall_sabers. A new account that featured strictly the sabers themselves.
Along the way Nick used the power of Instagram’s vast social network to find and reach out to other artists. First among them was Jon Rossi @jonnihammerstix. Jon had built several fully functioning sabers with LED and sound using Plecter Labs high-end prop electronics. He is a natural with electronics skills and they shared a love for both star wars and lightsabers. Nick and Jon teamed up to do a collaboration and bring Nick’s lightsaber hilts to life for a time. Their first creation was “Conduit”. It eventually sold for $650.
Continuing the Instagram journey, Nick stumbled upon an amazing artist, Jason Hayden, AKA @vader.head. Hayden, among many other talents, is an extremely talented leather craft, resin casting machine. Originally they collaborated on three unique leather-wrapped sabers. Instead of doing what most people were doing with leather (basically wrapping the hilt like a tennis racquet) Hayden hand tools and dyes actual artwork into the leather wraps. They have continued to put out beautifully unique leather-wrapped sabers. The most popular collaboration has been the Rancor Saber. Hand tooled “Rancor hide” grip and a resin casted and hand painted Rancor tooth as the pummel. It features a unique weathered emitter by Nick. Hayden has also recently added his blade smithing talents to the mix with truly custom resin and hand-sculpted blades. As well as acrylic samurai-styled blades with laser engraving.
Since May of 2016, Vader Head officially teamed up with Starfall Sabers to do all of the electronics installs that bring Nick’s sabers to life. The first saber he installed was a commission for the Editor In Chief of WIRED magazine, Scott Dadich. Scott’s wife, Amy reached out to Nick to build a saber as a present to Scott, who is a life-long Star wars fan. Nick and Vader Head have continued to this day building and creating sabers from scratch, helping people realize their dream of having a truly custom, unique piece of art to call their own.
Hope you like what you see here at Starfall Sabers and may the force be with you…Always.