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Caesar’s Spark Lightsaber – Inspired by Caesar the Ape

Hello Everybody, today I have something very different, it is still a lightsaber design but it is inspired by a movie about Apes! Ok I’m a little late getting into the Planet of the Apes franchise but my cable/satellite package doesn’t have the movie channels (I can’t afford those as lightsaber designers don’t make much money¬† ūüė¶¬† ) However I discovered that a terrestrial TV station had Rise of the Planet of the Apes on so I watched it.¬†As most of you will know it is about a chimpanzee that is¬†born to a mother chimp called Bright Eyes,¬†that had been used to test a new drug on. The drug was meant as a treatment/cure for¬†Alzheimer’s¬†Disease and caused¬†Bright Eyes¬†to gain in intelligence. During a meeting at the Biotech company, Gen-Sys, to discuss the drug an incident occurred when Bright Eyes was removed from her cubicle and she went on a rampage and was shot. The reason for her actions wasn’t a side effect of the drug but because she was protecting Caesar, her new born. The drug project was terminated and the lead scientist Will Rodham adopted the baby chimp and left to care for his father, Charles,¬†who suffered from Alzheimer’s. Years passed and Caesar grew until an incident involving Charles and a next door neighbour led to Caesar being sent to a primate animal shelter. I will explain the inspiration and¬†why Caesar needs¬†this saber later, but first¬†I had better¬†show you it. This is Caesar’s Spark Lightsaber…

Whilst Caesar was incarcerated in the primate shelter, he was abused by the chief guard, called Dodge Landon. Caesar learns how to unlock his cage and escapes to the Gen-Sys lab and steals a canister of a new version of the drug his mother was subjected to and releases the gas on the other apes back at the shelter. Eventually a confrontation happens and Caesar ends up fighting Dodge, who is armed with a Cattle Prod! This weapon inspired this design, as a cattle prod handle and a lightsaber hilt are very similar looking items. The confrontation leads to Caesar being pushed too far and finally, he shouts out the word “NO!” Due to a freak turn of events Dodge is killed by the cattle prod when he gets sprayed with water whilst he was about to use it. So this saber is painted in the same Candy Orange colour of the cattle prod and has an emitter with three spines that resemble the device’s electrodes. The blade is an electric cyan colour for obvious reasons. This hilt also has a “Blade Plug” which is a part inserted into the emitter when a blade isn’t attached to the hilt. This is for real life safety so you don’t accidently blind yourself if you switch the saber on by mistake while looking into the emitter. In this case though it makes the saber look more like a cattle prod with it’s evil electric glow!

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NO!…This isn’t a For Tyeth Edition! (Image Copyright 20th Century Fox)

The films climaxes with an action sequence on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Again I won’t spoil the ending, you’ll have to watch the film (though by now you probably have already!)

Sadly I have overrun on time and I will have to end here but I hope you liked this design, I have said inspiration can hit me from anywhere! I still have many more hilts in the works so I hope you will return to see those in upcoming posts. But for now I want to say thank you for checking this design out and thank you for your continued support (including Kathleen of Graphic Novelty2 who has just recently started following this site,) it is very much appreciated. Till next time.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes and all names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/© Copyright of Chernin Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Big Screen Productions and Ingenious Film Partners. Distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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Bloodstripe Lightsaber – Inspired by Han Solo

Hello Everybody, today I have a saber for a very well known hero, who had what you could say was a bit of a reluctance to embrace Lightsabers but has been known to wield one now and again. I am talking about Han Solo, the Corellian Smuggler turned Rebel Fighter, General and Hero. Han had his first close contact with Lightsabers whilst chauffeuring the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, the young Luke Skywalker and their droids from Tatooine to Alderaan. Han was slightly dismissive of “The Force” and “Lightsabers” preferring to have a good blaster by his side. Han must have learnt something though from Obi-Wan’s attempts to teach Luke, as Han had to use a Lightsaber in the Empire Strikes Back to save his young friend’s life on Hoth’s ice plains. Just for his bravery going into the blizzard to save Luke I felt Han was overdue a saber design as a reward, and so here it is, I call this design Bloodstripe Lightsaber….

The physical design of the saber isn’t fancy, it has an emitter, switch, a body section and a pommel. The blade is coloured Arctic Blue just like the Graflex that Luke inherited from his Father, and was later used by Han on Hoth. The emitter looks a little like the cylindrical sections of Han’s ship the Millenium Falcon, and connects to a standard¬†switch unit. I said the design of this hilt was basic but the hand grip is a bit special as it is made of several Coupler pieces which allowed me to replicate the famous striped pattern found running down the leg of Han’s trousers. You can see what I mean in this picture..han-solo-star-wars-chronicles-promo-stormtrooper-blaster-SMLThe¬†arrow points to the marks in question which are known as “Bloodstripes”. Bloodstripes were an insignia to represent bravery in the Corellian military and to wear them the individual had to earn them. It is rumoured Han won his Bloodstripes whilst on a mission where he freed Chewbacca and saved his friend’s life. There were two tiers of Bloodstripe and Han was one of the few people in the galaxy to have won both (the other insignia consisted of yellow markings). To achieve the look I was able to paint alternate blocks of the handgrip using the blue and red “powdercoats” and hopefully recreated the insignia and look of Han’s trousers.

Han has also been known to have used a saber in the new Star Wars comics launched around the beginning of 2016. In Issue #11 Han accompanies Princess Leia and Chewie on a mission and can be seen using a Green bladed hilt. As this comic was released with Disney/LucasFilm’s permission it is said that Han now can use a Lightsaber and it is considered as Canon. However I’d like to think he may have swapped the Green one for my Bloodstripe design.

I am once more approaching the closing of this post but first I’d like to let you know of the next couple of hilts I have in the works. Having seen the new Trailers for The Last Jedi, I noticed something in them which has led me to redesign a hit I had already begun work on but I should have that one finished soon and I have a hilt for a¬† BFF, BIG FURRY FRIEND! I hope you will join me for those in upcoming posts and thank you so much to all the visitors (from all corners of the globe)¬†I have received over the past couple of weeks, your support is very much appreciated. Till next time.

“Bloodstripe Lightsaber”¬† is a For Tyeth Edition saber and is ¬© Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite. Han Solo, Empire Strikes Back, and all other Star Wars related names, images, logos and material are Trademark/¬© Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm 2017.

Bistan Saber – Always up for a Fight

Hello Everybody (and my friend,¬†DK44¬†who has been waiting for this post) I am sorry it is a little late, but I have tried to allow the two¬†Green Onion Blog¬†themed hilts get as much coverage as possible (I’m not sure Green Onion’s son,¬†Zyler has seen his new saber yet!) But the world of sabers moves ever forward and so I have to post this design for a slightly overlooked character that appeared in Rogue One. The character is one of the crew of the¬†UT-60D Troop Carriers that attacked Scarif Beach, the door gunner of the ship, Bistan!

Bistan was a corporal in the Alliance to Restore the Republic and fought against the evil forces of the ever growing First Order. He fought to help free his people from the tyranny of the First Order, but really he kinda liked the thrill of battle. At first, after the calls to rise and stand against the First Order were ignored he followed orders and remained on D’Qar. But¬†upon hearing the impassioned speech from Jyn Erso and discovering General Raddus had decided to fight with her,¬†he willingly volunteered to man the guns of¬†a U-Wing Troop Carrier. And having seen him in battle in Rogue One I was inspired to create a hilt that might suit and represent him. So here it is, this is Bistan’s Saber….

I am hoping this saber captures the look of the native of the planet Iakaru. For some reason when I saw the first pictures of him I could envisage the blue coloured blade projecting from the emitter with the spines. I think it may have something to do with the distinctive eyebrows he has! His pressure/survival suit also reminds me of the rings and blocks that are present on the emitter, switch and body sections of this hilt. The body section actually reminds me of the M-60 Machine gun (used by the United States military) too, on which the guns of the UT-60D were based on. The M-60 had a distinctive shoulder stock and fore-grip.

Bistan was originally described as a “Space Monkey” by the filming crew behind the scenes but Bistan was much more than that. He demonstrated great balance and rarely used safety harnesses, using his reflexes to stay firmly positioned at his gunnery¬†station. He had exceptional eyesight and was credited with bringing down an AT-ACT¬† Walker by aiming the firepower of his weapon onto the knee joints of the Walker causing it to crash. Tragically the U-Wing he was aboard took a hit and crashed on Scarif¬† Beach killing him. Bistan was just 22 Standard Galactic years old.

Well, thank you for your patience waiting for this hilt, and I hope you liked it. I am still as always busy designing more hilts and trying to spread the word about FTSabersite. So I hope you would help me¬†out and¬†tell¬†your friends¬† about this site, it would be much appreciated as is your continued support.¬†I hope to have a few more hilts from my Guest Designer friends in future posts and I’m going to be gearing up for The Last Jedi with a few designs based on that new film. So please check in to see these in upcoming posts. Till next time!

“Bistan”, “Iakaru” and “Rogue One” and all names, logos and related material are trademark/¬©¬†Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm 2017. FTSabersite and all it’s contents (including¬†all hilt designs and those of the “Guest Designers”) are ¬© Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite2017.

Zyler’s Belated Birthday Saber (Sorry!!)

Hello Everybody, and in particular I would like to say Greetings Padawan Zyler! Zyler is the son of fellow blogger The Green Onion who I introduced¬†to you in my last post.¬†I heard Zyler was a Star Wars fan and does a great job helping¬†his Dad write The Green Onion Blog.¬†¬†Today I am happy to say I can present a saber to this young man which I designed for his recent birthday…unfortunately at the time this site got very busy and I couldn’t fit this post and design in. A new trailer for The Last Jedi was released and I had to chase down some pesky First Order Spies….Well today I put things right, and this my young friend, is the design I created for you. This saber has a few little features I’ll talk about later but first you’ve waited long enough, here is Zyler’s Birthday Saber…

There you have it my young friend, I hope you like it. Your saber, just like your Father’s before you has a G.O.B. Green blade which comes out¬†from the¬†black and¬†silver ringed emitter, nice and shiny! Next there is the switch part which matches the emitter. The hand grip is the silver section in the middle of the hilt and it is quite clever, it is made from four pieces which screw together. I did this because I wasn’t sure how big a Jedi you were so you can add or take sections out of the handle so it is the right size! Then the bottom of the saber has one of my special saber bits, called the FTE, For Tyeth Emitter Pommel. This is actually an extra section that has another Green crystal in it which lights up¬†and makes your saber stronger and more powerful! (Don’t worry Dad I have set it to low for now!) And¬†on the¬†end of this¬†saber is a¬†cool looking¬†end cap to hold the crystal in place and make it look posh. Now you and your Dad are ready to go camping (on Endor perhaps?) with your new lightsabers!

I think you will agree these two make quite a formidable pair! I really wish I could have them built for you but I’m not very rich! So I would like to finish by saying I hope you enjoyed your birthday Zyler and didn’t mind my design being a bit late. Thank you to you and your Dad for the Green Onion Blog¬†(don’t forget to check it out folks).

I am just about out of time and I will have to leave this party now but I’d also like to thank my followers and viewers for your continued support. And to say thanks to my more recent subscribers who have decided to join me on this journey. All your support is much appreciated. I still have many more designs to bring you so please call back for future posts. Till next time.

Zyler’s Birthday Saber is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ¬© Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017. This site and all it’s content is ¬© Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017. All Guest Designs are¬†also ¬©¬† Copyright of their respective owners and used here with permission.

Gyuto Saber for The Green Onion Blog

Hello Everybody, thanks for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed DK44 Designs’ gorgeous¬†Korbanth Graflex by DK44 Designs hilt I had the privilege of presenting to you last week. Today we return to two designs I have come up with (yes two!) for another blogger I have started following and his little shallot! Now I will explain that last comment, the blog in question is titled the “The Green Onion Blog” run by the eponymous Green Onion, and his little shallot is his son! (more on him later). Green Onion had a successful career as a Chef so his blog is garnished with many culinary terms, including his weekly round-up the “Mise-En-Place”. Green Onion also has great articles such as “Top Ten List of…” and monthly run downs on interesting dates during the month like the¬†“National Onion Rings Day” and “World Hot-Dog Day”. In a recent article Green Onion said he’d always wanted a Lightsaber (you can¬†read the post¬†HERE). Well what do I do? Yes I have designed a saber for Green Onion (he doesn’t know it yet, until he reads this) and I would like to present it to him now. This is Gyuto Saber…

As you can see I have tried to capture the look of a Chef’s knife with this design, and¬†in particular one knife called a, yep, a Gyuto knife. Gyuto’s are Japanese general purpose knives that can cut, carve and cleave meats and vegetables with ease. I hope this saber is as effective. It has a Green blade (of course, what other colour could it have? ūüėÄ ) and the blade projects from an emitter I chose to look like the steel blade of this saber’s Earthen counterpart. The switch emulates the Bolster part of the blade where the blade is then shaped to form the Tang (or spine) of the knife. The Tang runs through the handle of the knife called the Scales but this saber has a Hygienic Polymer Grip (for health and hygiene) in again G.O.B. Green! The saber is finished off with a pommel which has a sort of oriental look to it to reflect the Japanese origins of the Gyuto.

Now I mentioned earlier about Green Onion’s son. Well I had read that the youngling was having a bit of a hard time and not feeling well recently. I also missed his birthday (I’m soo Sorry!) so I have tried to make up for it by designing a saber for him. if it is ok with his father I will post this saber on Wednesday as a mid-week treat.

I am running out of time on this serving of saber delicacies, but before I do the washing up I’d like to say thank you to Green Onion for his entertaining blog (Oh and¬†I forgot to mention please¬†go have a look at it by clicking HERE¬†).¬†I also want to thank you, my followers and viewers for your continued support, it means so much to me. Hopefully I will get permission from Green Onion to share my next design for his son, so please join me for that (and don’t worry I have a contingency plan in place just in case!) Till next time!

“Gyuto Lightsaber” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ¬©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017. This site, it’s content¬†and all designs contained within it are ¬©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017. Guest designs belong to their respective owners and used with permission.

 

Reaper and Boxcutter Sabers – for The Silent Ghost Reaper

Hello Everybody, today I hope to introduce you to a gentleman I have met recently on my travels around the Internet and in particular on YouTube.¬†The Silent Ghost Reaper¬†is the “Caped Consumer” who goes out and tests items of technology and gives us reviews of those products with a great attitude and sense of humour! SGR sorts out the “Good Buys from the Bad Buys”¬†He reviews everything from voice activated remote control cars, to gaming monitors, Fidget Spinners, wireless headphones all the way through to Nano Drone Flying Gadgets! But unfortunately whilst cutting open a package, his beloved “Unboxing Knife” slipped and he carved a chunk out of his “Unboxing Table”! Well, I wondered what SGR’s reviews and unboxings would be like with a Lightsaber (because if trained¬†in their use, they’re much safer believe it or not!.)
Now I have to say SGR already has I believe four Ultrasabers hilts (which he also reviewed and which first caught my attention) but he doesn’t have a “For Tyeth Edition” saber….until now! Yes I have designed a special hilt for this gent as way of saying thanks for his entertaining reviews and for replying to all the comments he receives. Not everyone on YouTube goes out of their way to respond so as I say I have a hilt for him and here it is, I call it Silent Ghost’s “REAPER”

I know SGR is fond of red blades so even though Red is normally associated with the Sith I gave his hilt a crimson blade. The blade itself projects from a triple clawed emitter so SGR can, when in time of need attach a cable to it and use the hilt as a Silent Ghost Grappling Hook! But the features don’t end there, oh no! The hilt also has a low profile switch section and a very versatile Tactical grip body. The Grenade Section body gives unparalleled grip whether you are wearing gloves or not! (Gloves can get snagged on Unboxing Knives!) And to finish the hilt there is another FTE Emitter Pommel with glowing power crystal chamber and bat like claws. Just the¬†instrument¬†to instil fear into product manufacturers who like to cut corners and offer inferior goods!

Ok, I know what you’re thinking…”For, isn’t a lightsber a bit big to cut open boxes and packages?” Hmm, maybe, so that is why I have also produced a Silent Ghost “BoxCutter” a¬†short version, perfect for tackling the packing tape and peanuts found in parcels he receives! So here is a bonus gallery featuring Silent Ghost Reaper’s “BoxCutter“….

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I hope you all liked these designs, especially you, Silent Ghost Reaper! I am sorry I can’t afford to get these constructed for you but I want to¬†say thank you for the information and entertainment you share on your channel, which my viewers and followers can find by clicking The Silent Ghost Reaper’s YouTube Channel !

Please go and check it out. I hope one day The Silent Ghost Reaper can review a time machine for me so I can have more hours in the day as sadly I am approaching the time where I have to bring this post to an end. But as always, I want to thank Silent Ghost for allowing me to feature him on the site and to you, my loyal viewers and followers for the continued support you give me. It is appreciated. I hope you will all return to see future posts and designs by me and my good friends. Till next time.

“The Silent Ghost Reaper” is ¬©Copyright of The Silent Ghost Reaper and can be found on YouTube! The “Reaper” and “Boxcutter” sabers are For Tyeth Editions sabers and are ¬©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017.

Informant Lightsaber for Bazine Netal

Hello Everybody, if this post is late I apologise but I have just got back from a mission to try and find this elusive character called Bazine Netal! Bazine is the shadowy female who was enjoying herself in Maz Kanata’s bar on Tokadano and radioed to the First Order that she had found the droid BB-8. You will have seen her wearing a¬†very distinctly patterned and hooded costume. She wears the hood as a result of injuries she sustained on her first mission as an assassin where she was burnt with a flamethrower! After this first mission Bazine became a master of disguise and feared Bounty Hunter, using a snub nosed blaster (so uncivilised!), poisons, a mix of deadly Martial Arts and a couple of mini Thermal Detonators hidden in the heels of her shoes. Well I wondered what her lightsaber might look like if she had one, this is what I envisaged, this is INFORMANT

I think this is suitably distinctive for Bazine’s character! I couldn’t quite match the pattern on her costume exactly but it’s pretty similar. How Bazine expects to stay inconspicuous dressed in that outfit I don’t know (but the material does have sensor jamming equipment sewn into it!). Anyway back to the saber and it has a plain simple monochrome scheme and a “Bad Guys” red blade. The emitter looks a little like a silver version of her hood. The main focal point is surely the diamond patterned hand grip section, made to look like Bazine’s costume as much as possible..

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I managed to get a sample of the material!

The pommel caps off the hilt to give it a traditional look (similar to my Sasayaki Shi ‚Äď Whispered Death Lightsaber¬†hilt). The switch section is functional for ease of use and has a nice choke point for spinning techniques.

Bazine had a hard upbringing (she was only fourteen when she carried out her first fateful mission). Netal was an orphan on the planet Chaaktil before a character called Delphi Kloda took her under his wing at his Combat School where she learnt her skills. Those skills must be good as I didn’t find her! That doesn’t mean I have given up but for now I am running out of time again.

So I will have to end here but want to say thank you once more to everyone who follows and supports me and FTSabersite, new and old. I have had visitors from Russia, India and Turkey this past week so thanks for calling in. Please call back and see what new designs I have coming up, including a hilt or two for a YouTube Crime Fighter! Till next time.

“Bazine Netal”, “Maz Kanata”, “Tokadano” and all other names, logos and related material are Trademark/¬©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.

Tactician Lightsaber – For Thrawn

Hello Everybody, It is my turn to supply a design for you today after =Ottomatix=’s fabulous¬†=HOMAGE= sabers last week. And I take you on a journey to the edges of the known galaxy, the fringes of the Outer Rim and the area called the “Unknown Regions”. There in the uncharted territory is a system which is home to a race of very distinctive individuals. They are the Chiss, and one particular Chiss became very well known in the Imperial Navy, his name? Mitt’raw’nuruodo, or as he was universally known, Grand Admiral Thrawn! Thrawn is a genius level strategist and rose through the ranks of the Imperial Navy after stowing aboard an Imperial ship and “joining up”. So here is my saber for the Grand Admiral, this is TACTICIAN

The Chiss have distinctive blue skin, dark bluish-black hair all framing deep red eyes, and I have tried to capture those features in this design. The sinister red blade projects from the clawed emitter (Thrawn served on a ship called the Blood Claw) and shines through two windows. These windows from certain angles look like the famous red eyes of the Chiss warrior himself. The switch and body sections are utilitarian, nothing fancy but look like the panels and plating found on starships from around the Imperial Navy. To finish the hilt off there is a pommel which also has a¬†“pair of eyes” in the shape of the two painted blocks peering out from the¬†pommel shroud…just in case you didn’t see the eyes in the emitter part ¬†ūüėÄ !

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Grand Admiral Thrawn (Copyright Timothy Zahn – Disney/LucasFilm

Thrawn and the Chiss are characters that appear in Timothy Zahn’s novel named after it’s main character. The Chiss originally appeared in early Star Wars computer games as one of the alien life-form¬†classes. Their popularity grew and Timothy Zahn wrote a trilogy of books featuring them which were discarded at first by George Lucas etc. But the Chiss and Thrawn have now been made “canon” by appearing in the Disney cartoon, Star Wars Rebels.

Well it seems I am running out of time and will have to make a “Tactical Withdrawal” back to my workshop to create more designs! However as always I want to say thank you to all of my viewers and followers, new and old for checking this saber out. I also have a special shout-out to Andy Pines (Me, Myself and Star Wars / Imperial Wookie), who guessed that this hilt was for an Imperial Naval Officer, you were very close! I hope you will all return for future posts to see new designs from me and my friends. Till next time.

“Grand Admiral Thrawn”, the “Chiss” and all other names, images and related material are Trademark/¬© Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm. “Thrawn” was written by Timothy Zahn and is published in hardback by Century Books. Cover image/artwork is ¬© Copyright of Kent Akselen.

Forearmed Darkside – Pong Krell’s second staff

Hello Everybody, I am back to my normal schedule today and would like to bring you the second saberstaff for the fallen Jedi General, Pong Krell. You will remember from two weeks ago I introduced this character as a Jedi Master and military General who foresaw the outcome of the Clone Wars and tried to better his chances of surviving. This action however would lead to suffering, which lead to misery which lead to the Darkside. Krell sent his troops on suicide missions¬†to carry out stupid plans and tactics, in the hopes that the Imperials/Empire would win the war and he could join their ranks. Sending these men to their demise fuelled Krell’s lust for power until his scheme was discovered. Krell by this time hadn’t fully turned to the Darkside, but if he had he may have updated his weapons and they may have looked like this…Forearmed Darkside

This saberstaff has the trademark black finish associated with¬†Sith and Darkside users. It does however have touches of decoration to make it stand out, with red adjustment knobs and the two silver accent rings. I felt that this staff would have the decorative bits as Krell was arrogant and believed his plan would work, and this decoration reflected his “flashy” attitude. Krell didn’t bargain on¬†his troopers being aware of the strange orders they were being given and becoming suspicious. These troopers confronted Krell and the Jedi General cut down several soldiers before he was shot and stunned. Now a prisoner of the Republic, Krell was found guilty of trying to undermine the effort to defeat the Imperials/Empire and was executed. This weapon still retains the acid green blades of the Lightside version to reflect that Krell failed to join forces with Count Dooku and so the blades’ crystals weren’t corrupted to produce Sith red blades.

That was the “What if..?” design for Pong Krell, I hope you liked it. Sadly I have nearly run of time this year and will need to bring my post to an end. Yes, I did say the year has nearly ended as next week is the “Blogversary” of this site! FTSabersite will be one year old and I will have a post to look back at the best bits, the popular hilts, some shout outs and lots of “thank yous”. There will also be a look forward to the next twelve months of FTSabersite, and who knows I may try and send some invites to the big names in the saber community and see if they would like to be associated with me now I have completed my first year. So thank you for looking in today, it is much appreciated and I hope you return for the “Blogversary”! Till next time.

Pong Krell, The Clone Wars and all names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilms.

Onyx Saber – For “DJ” the Man In Black

Hello Everybody, I am slightly excited today as I am approaching my 1 year Blogversary (I think that’s a word, if not I have just invented it!) and I may break the barrier of 4000 hits soon! Hopefully I will reach the milestone in time for my anniversary, but in the meantime to keep you entertained I have a new design. Recently there has been quite a bit of chatter around the galaxy regarding Benicio Del Toro’s character in The Last Jedi. Who is he? What’s his name? Who is he related to, where does he come from? Well, we still don’t know much more than we did before but Vanity Fair¬†produced an article showing backstage images and a photoshoot, which included the Man In Black, or DJ as he is now known. We see that he has¬†quite a large ship (possibly a cargo vessel?) and a distinctive jacket.¬†I thought maybe he was a smuggler, like Han Solo or some type of mercenary. If so, he would need a suitable weapon, so here is my saber design for the Man In Black…I call it the Onyx Saber…

With so little information to go on, I decided to create a hilt that might suit DJ based on his looks in the Vanity Fair photos. A mercenary would have a distinctive weapon to make a statement and I think this hilt looks good. It has a Graflex¬†style emitter (similar to Anakin’s, Luke’s and now Rey’s saber) which always looks stylish and gives a nod to the history of lightsabers. The blade is purple (I know it looks a little pinkish but it is the graphics used in the saber builder package causing that!) which indicates DJ so far has no allegiance to the Dark or Light side of the Force. The switch, body and pommel are functional with a nice brown leather grip on the body, and a loop to hang the saber attached to the pommel. The parts used are a nice gloss black making them¬†appear much cleaner and new, showing¬†the saber¬†is cared for.

So this has been my design for the mysterious Man In Black, DJ. It is hard to design for somebody with so little information to base it on…oh! the name….yes I nearly forgot to mention that. The name is taken from the black gemstones found on planet Earth, the Onyx!

I am now approaching the end of this post and will have to bring it to a close, but as always before I go I want to say thank you to all my followers and viewers (including a nice young lady called Jamie, who has recently started following…thank you!) Your support has carried me to 304 posts and (nearly) 4000 hits. Please spread the word about FTSabersite to your friends and do call back soon to see what I have coming up in future posts. Till next time.

“DJ”, The Last Jedi and all other names, logos and related¬†material are Trademark/¬©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm. The Benicio Del Toro publicity photo is owned by Vanity Fair magazines and was edited by me to include the lightsaber.