Hello RPF'ers! Long-time lurker and new member here. Glad to be aboard! Although I am blown away by the breadth and diversity of awesome props here (some of you are nothing short of artists!), I am pretty much just a saber guy myself. I am currently putting together an all original Luke ANH with real calc bubbles and Saberfreak's grips- kind of a holy grail piece for me! As soon as it's done I will post some pics.
By way of an introduction, I wanted to share some pics of a custom flashgun saber I built. It is made from parts from a couple different models of Canon flashguns, as well as the rubber grip from an old flashlight, a d-ring, some textured mylar tape, and a Blast-Tech calc strip. I really like the Original Trilogy feel to it! This one is my "battle-worn" version, but I am also working on an identical version which is almost pristine.
I know some of you out there have built some nice hardware sabers, but I haven't seen too many others who have made a custom design from real flashgun parts. If anyone else has done this, please show some pics!