Hello Everybody, today I have the final saber in my collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed hilts. This time the saber is for the Turtle’s mentor, father figure and martial arts teacher, Splinter. Splinter is the pet rat which escaped from his cage in Hamato Yoshi’s home when The Shredder attacked and killed Hamato and the two men’s love interest, Tang Shen. Splinter the rat had watched his owner for many years learning Martial Arts and that education would come in handy later in his life. Splinter fled to the sewers of New York where he survived…but then his life would change when he was exposed to a “Nuclear Goop”. Shredder and his gang “The Foot” broke into a science lab to steal a chemical but the authorities arrived and in the clash a substance was released and drained into the sewers…Splinter got covered in the goop and soon began to mutate. He began to take on human traits, started walking upright, he grew bigger and stronger…he even began to speak and trained himself in Martial Arts he learnt from Yoshi. I know you all like Lightsabers so I will now present the design for Splinter’s new saber, this is Splinter’s Lightsaber…
In this saber I tried to capture a traditional, elegant hilt a revered Master would wield. The blade is an amber colour, a reminder of the sunlight Splinter lived in as a pet. The emitter has a bird like design carved into the Tsuba (handguard) representing peace, harmony and balance…some of the lessons he tried to teach his four protégés. The lower body section is a bit more of an ergonomic choice to help him control his saber. The curves provide him a much better grip for his paws. The pommel cap is a traditional looking katana style to remind him of his roots.
Well now Splinter has his new saber I will finish the condensed version of his story. He discovered that he wasn’t the only creature that was affected by the chemical slime, he found four abandoned young turtles who after being trained grew to become the heroes we have met already. Through fate these Turtles and Splinter would become the saviours of New York and cross paths with Shredder many times.
I am nearing the end of this post and the Turtles series of designs. I hope you enjoyed my tributes to the “Heroes On A Half Shell”. Thank you for visiting and supporting me and this site, I appreciate your company. I continue to work on new stuff so please do call back and see what I come up with next. Till next time.
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