"Look, Master!" said Darth Zeddo. "I have acquired a splendid steampunk lightsaber from eBay." Sith Lord Rowcha drew back his hood and inspected it. "Steampunk? Just because it's brass and wood doesn't mean it's steampunk," he paused and exhaled. "Look, there is not a single cog. Not so much as a leather belt loop. How much did you pay for it? You didn't empty our PayPa..." Rowcha's voice trailed off as he realized he'd upset his apprentice. Darth Zeddo tightened his jaw and stared into the middle distance. Rowcha reached out tentatively to console him. He drew back at the last moment, leaving his bony, force-shriveled fingers floating uncomfortably near Zeddo's forearm. Somewhere in the distance, a dog barked.

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  1. abe lugo says:

    I thought Star Wars was steampunk, I mean they’re in the future but everything is old?

  2. trippcook says:

    Apparently “Steampunk” versions of items are identical to the original item in every way, but have parts painted to look brass. Good to know.

  3. erzatsen says:

    no random clockwork, sure, but it still looks like a prop from 1977, just done in brass and wood.
    a quick google image search for “steampunk lightsaber” will turn up a much better one immediately, from 2007.
    no stray gears on this one, either.
    here’s where i’d seen it originally:

    and a terrific set of photos of the construction:

  4. Pete says:

    Shh Erzatsen, you’ll hurt the Sith’s feelings.

  5. Josh Samuels says:

    Amusingly, the folks who tipped off the gal from Brass Goggles got their info from an article written by former BBG editor John Brownlee: http://blog.wired.com/tableofmalcontents/2007/02/steampunk_meets.html

    And to bring it ’round full-circle, John in turn found out from Rob: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2007/01/steampunk_light/

    Oh, the small-world hilarity of steampunk-obsessed gadget bloggers!

  6. Christine says:

    That is such a great find! I want one! (well I’d need two really for a proper fight)~

  7. RainyRat says:

    Well, of COURSE it needs cogs! How else are you going to wind out the blade?

  8. CreAtivSpelErr says:

    Here’s another steam punk light saber. The one linked above is clearly superior, but consider that I made this one when I was in middle school and had never even heard the term “Steam Punk.”


    The handle is made from coax cable used in cell phone towers and was the inspiration for the project in the first place.

  9. CP127 says:

    Ummm… Abe Lugo, I’m pretty sure Star Wars doesn’t take place in the future. As a matter of fact, i remember it starting off with, “A Long Time Ago…”

  10. Tyler Monson says:

    All well and good, but can you still plug a Press 5 flashbulb into your ‘lightsaber’ to take a picture?

    You know, of course, that Jimmy Olson was the first Jedi, don’t you?

  11. erzatsen says:

    ok, now these need to be done _en Lego_

  12. retrojoe says:

    I like this because there are no random clock work bits hot glued to it. And LOOK! I even see blade head screws instead of Phillips!

    This is good steampunk.

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