Anyone know the best UK manufacturers?
A bit late to the thread, yet it may be of interest to others…
It’s also worth checking out etsy.com/uk for lightsabers too - some decent offers on there, and not too bad on the postage - even coming from the US or Far East.
This site also has a decent list of stores (across the world - including the UK) for sabers - or for parts / replacements etc - https://sabersourcing.com/list-of-lightsaber-companies/
It depends mainly on your requirements - budget (as always!) or if you’d like something with a blade - or just a saber hilt on a stand, something to ‘duel’ with (or withstand a few knocks and scrapes), or a saber that resembles those used in the films or EU etc - or not…
A couple of months ago I ordered a ‘Kyojin’ lightsaber from The Pach Store in Singapore (I am in the UK) as a present. Only took 2/3 weeks to arrive - packaged very well & securely, and the quality for the price was outstanding at $59 (£47), plus p&p.
It’s a ‘light-mid’ dualing saber, has a 7/8 of an inch thick blade (many sabers have 1 inch blades), and has sounds - clashes, hums, movement sounds, blaster blocking sounds, and turn off & on sounds too. Available with black, silver or gold hilts - with blades in red, green, blue, amber, pink and aquamarine…
Superb value for money in my humble opinion - though obviously it doesn’t resemble anything that appears in the films. Have seen a few people ‘weather’ or ‘battle damage’ theirs, adding customisations such as leather straps - or painting some of the recesses a differing colour etc.
There’s some decent reviews on it on here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGUmlZMojoE & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pKTahCV5Tw & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NUiVORqDVQ
The same saber can be bought in the UK from https://thesaberarmory.com/product-category/hilts/complete-lightsabers/ - called an ‘ECO Saber’ on their site - for £59 plus p&p.
Though it’s probably best to look around on the some of the various lightsaber forums, youtube reviews and videos before making your mind up whatever you may opt for.
PS - it’s also worth having a look around for a decent quality stand or mount for the saber too.