The curved-hilt lightsaber was a type of lightsaber utilized by the Jedi and the Sith during the Clone Wars. Its curved hilt design allowed the lightsaber duelist to slash and lunge at their opponent with greater precision. In the last years of the Galactic Republic, the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus wielded a curved-hilt lightsaber. His choice of weapon was emulated by the Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress, who possessed two curved-hilt lightsabers which doubled as a saberstaff when joined together. After the rise of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano fashioned a pair of curved-hilt sabers with a more rectangular profile. As with her previous Jedi weapons, she crafted one standard and one shoto lightsaber.
The curved-hilt lightsaber was a type of melee weapon; elegant in design, its gracefully curved hilt enabled the wielder to utilize greater finesse when slashing and lunging at an opponent. The Sith Lord Darth Tyranus, an accomplished duelist who favored the second form of lightsaber combat, owned a red-bladed curved-hilt lightsaber throughout the Clone Wars. Asajj Ventress, a Force-sensitive assassin trained by Tyranus in the ways of the dark side of the Force, wielded two lightsabers that featured a curve-shaped hilt similar to her master's weapon. When joined together, Ventress's lightsabers formed a double-bladed lightsaber.
Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
When Dooku was a Jedi youngling, Jedi Master Lene Kostana made up the story of a Dark Lord of the Sith named Darth Sakia to test him. Part of the story was that she wielded a curved-hilt lightsaber. Later, once Dooku himself was a Jedi Master, he replaced the lightsaber he had been using since his days as a young Padawan with a handcrafted curved-hilt lightsaber. This lightsaber emitted a blue blade. He continued to use it after he turned to the dark side of the Force, becoming Sith apprentice to the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Dooku had also left the Jedi Order and claimed the title of Count of Serenno before turning to the dark side.
Prior to the first battle of the Clone Wars, Count Dooku used his lightsaber skills to defeat the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padawan Anakin Skywalker on the planet Geonosis. However, he was ultimately bested by his former Jedi mentor, Grand Master Yoda of the Jedi Order, and subsequently retreated from the battle.
Over the course of the galaxy-wide conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Tyranus dueled with Kenobi and Skywalker on several occasions, as well as his prospective apprentices Ventress and Savage Opress. In his final bout which took place during the Battle of Coruscant, Tyranus was disarmed and beheaded by his nemesis Skywalker, who used his own lightsaber and the Count's weapon to carry out the execution.
Though initially trained as a Jedi Padawan, Asajj Ventress switched her green-bladed lightsaber for a pair of red-bladed curved-hilt lightsabers during her years as Darth Tyranus's apprentice. Both hilts could be joined together to form a unique double-bladed lightsaber. Throughout her time in service to the Sith cause, Ventress utilized her lightsabers in several capacities—as her master's emissary and assassin, as well as a military commander of the Separatist Droid Army. She fought a number of Jedi on several occasions with varying degrees of success, such as Kenobi, Skywalker, Luminara Unduli, and Ahsoka Tano.
Ventress retained her Sith lightsabers after Tyranus discarded her on the orders of his master, Darth Sidious, and continued to use them as a Nightsister before pursuing a career as a bounty hunter. Both lightsabers were lost when the fallen Jedi Barriss Offee ambushed Ventress in the Coruscant Underworld and took possession of her weapons, consequently forcing the bounty hunter to acquire a replacement. The Mirialan used the weapons when she ambushed Ahsoka Tano at an abandoned warehouse, leading the exhausted Tano, on the run in an attempt to clear her name after being framed by Offee for her crimes, to assume her attacker was Ventress. Offee was later forced to use Ventress's lightsabers when Skywalker confronted her in the Jedi Temple, and thereby revealed herself as the culprit responsible for framing Tano.
Ahsoka Tano, once a Jedi Padawan who departed the Order late in the Clone Wars after being framed for treason by Barriss Offee, abandoned her first pair of lightsabers on a moon in the aftermath of Order 66 to fake her death to the nascent Galactic Empire. Over a year later, she finally built herself a pair of white-bladed lightsabers after becoming involved in an uprising against the Empire on the remote moon Raada. Although the weapons' hilts were originally rough due to being constructed in the middle of battle, when she finished them, they were curved with a rectangular profile. Like her original lightsabers, Tano's new blades consisted of a standard single-bladed lightsaber and a shoto.
Tano used the weapons throughout the Imperial Era, including when she encountered the members of the Spectres, a rebel crew that included Jedi Kanan Jarrus and his apprentice Ezra Bridger. She used her blades in at least one sparring match with Bridger. Over the course of her association with the Spectres and Phoenix Cell, Tano crossed blades with Imperial Inquisitors Seventh Sister and Fifth Brother on Takobo. Eventually, Tano accompanied Jarrus and Bridger on a mission to the dark world of Malachor, where they encountered the Inquisitors. Tano was eventually forced to duel her former master Darth Vader as Jarrus and Bridger escaped, after which she was presumed dead. However, Tano survived the ordeal when Bridger rescued her via the World Between Worlds, from his perspective several years later. Tano used her weapons to defend herself from the Emperor's Sith alchemy before they both escaped.
Behind the scenes
The lightsaber of Oppo Rancisis was set to appear in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but the show was cancelled before the blade made an appearance. Designs for the lightsaber that were based on Count Dooku's lightsaber and included the addition of a hilt-guard were revealed by Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo in their The Untold Clone Wars panel at Celebration Anaheim in 2015.
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- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
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