Get a sweet grip.
Grip it, grip it go. Grips are where the fun happens. If you build your waylighter yourself, (you should, it's fun an easy.) You can choose what you want your Waylighter to look like.
Most 7/8th inner diameter grips will work. Or can be modded with simple scissor work.
This means an infinite arsenal of custom hilt looks is at your fingertips.
First off you need a base grip with a lock on clamp. Easy to find, and can be tons of custom colors and patterns.
Single lock on grips require no modding, and give you a super clean look.
Here are some I love.
Double lock ons also work well. You just have to scissor off the tabs on one end.
and then you have an extra set screw and clamp as a back up.
Here's an example.
6 bucks for two. What a country!
Ok, mid and top grips. I usually use the same pair for this component. Mostly because it's easier to keep track of parts.
All you do here is use a TON of hairspray to slide the grips onto the blade. The hairspray first acts as a lubricant that helps you slide the grips on, then becomes glue.
It does take some hand strength to get the grips on. So be generous with the hairspray. all over the blade, and all up in the grip.
I prefer to use non-locking for the top grip, as there's no metal. I like having cushiony softness in the part that occasionally bonks.
Having said that, lock-ons are way easier to get on the sword.
So if you want to build your own and are concerned about your hand strength go with a lock on for the top grips.
The orbea model posted above has rounded edges, which are totally fine for contact. Highly recommend not using the sharp right angled lock ons for top grips, as that will eventually hurt.
I like having a flanged grip for the top. it helps gyroscopiccally balance the sword, and the flange tips the sword back towards you if you make a mistake on a contact move.
And star wars nerds lose their freaking minds if you touch the blade. 🙂
A lot of the non-locking grips will have a closed end. Use scissors or an exacto to (safely) cut a hole to let the blade pass through.
You can order pre-cut models like this one if you want less effort and a clean look.
These grips I love. Adore really. They make contact spins SOOO much easier.
Please not that this model is widely made. Based on the Oury classic MTB model. Some are thicker than others.
If the square bumps are raised about the end, they will be thicker than what I've been using. About 1.25" vs 1".
I have huge hands, can palm a basketball. I much prefer the control of the thinner grips.
If it says Oury on it, it will be thicker.
These come in all colors, and some even glow in the dark.
Lighter colors will lead to light shining through the hilt, which is cool to me.
This grip is epic. Super slim and super responsive.
and it looks like a keyboard, which is rad BC we are upgrading the OS of brains while spin... 🙂
Just need one lock on grip at the base, then cut one grip to just an inch longer than you hand width for the top grip.
Put the flared end on the top of the hilt for best ergonomics and esthetics. looks rad.
You may be able to use the left over of your top grip for your mid grip, depending on how long your hilt is.
If it's not enough, just cut the other grip to size. Flared end lines up neatly with your base grip.
ribbed grips rock. so cushiony soft, so grippy, just feels epic in your hands.
These are just cool. Tons of color combos.
the flange bonk protecting the lock ring really intrigues me.