The sabers used in the original and sequel trilogy were made from slightly modified Graflex 3-cell flashguns, while the episode 3 saber was machined from scratch to resemble the Graflex. The original lightsaber was put together by set decorator Roger Christian in 1976.

The Graflex flashguns held the flashbulbs and was mounted on “Speed Graphic” cameras commonly carried by press photographers in the 1940’s.