Count Dooku, played by actor Christopher Lee, was once a Jedi Master. He was taught by Master Yoda, who wanted to make him his Padawan in order to contain his disturbing urge to fight. Then Yoda's fears about Doku began to manifest themselves...
After Qui-Gon Jinn's death, he turned to the dark side, becoming apprentice to the Sith Lord Darth Sidious (Palpatine). He was given the title Count of Serenno and was also known as Darth Tyranus. He wielded a curved red-bladed lightsaber unlike any other. This weapon enabled him to take on powerful adversaries.
In this article, we'll take a closer look at everything to do with Darth Tyranus' curved lightsaber. Count Dooku was an important figure in the Clone Wars, and was involved in some incredible duels. Let's take a look at the history of this strangely-shaped lightsaber.
Count Dooku's lightsaber has a 35.5 cm curved hilt. It is predominantly silver with black accents. The pommel is wide and sits just below a red trigger. At the other end is an emitter with a kind of horn that acts as a blade guard.
The plasma blade is red thanks to the scarlet Kyber crystal given to Count Dooku by Darth Sidious. So Dooku didn't need to perform a bleeding ritual like Darth Vader did to create his red lightsaber.
In the end, the distinctive feature of Count Dooku's lightsaber lies in the curved shape of the hilt. This choice stems in part from Christopher Lee's fondness for fencing. That's why the handle is curved like a fencing sword. This gives him a firmer grip to perform the movements associated with his form of lightsaber combat.
Following this, Master Yoda appears to offer us an exceptional battle against Count Dooku. In the midst of a duel with Yoda's green lightsaber, Dooku uses the force to endanger both Jedi. This forces the fight to be interrupted so that Yoda can come to their aid. Count Dooku took advantage of the situation to flee in a spaceship to face his former mentor. The fight was relatively short but intense, given the power of the two warriors, formerly master and pupil.
Indeed, there are characters other than Count Dooku who possess a curved lightsaber. Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku's pupil, has 2 lightsabers with curved handles. She can also connect them with the pommel to create a double lightsaber. Then there's Ahsoka Tano, who had two white lightsabers with curved handles, including a Shoto. It was these curved sabers that enabled her to stand up to certain Inquisitors.
This Sith lightsaber has had many powerful enemies to battle. It is assumed that Count Dooku was the third most powerful Star Wars character at one time, due to the fact that the first and second were both his masters.
We hope to see Count Dooku's lightsaber again in the future, whether in flashbacks or in dedicated series. Star Wars Tales Of The Jedi, in particular, gave us the chance to see Dooku again with his old curved blue lightsaber. Fans are clearly keen to know more about this character who turned to the dark side...
If you'd also like to buy a lightsaber as original as Count Dooku's, we invite you to take a look at our own lightsabers in the menu on this site. And maybe one day, Count Dooku's will join our sabers!
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