I have a friend name Brandt who made a pair of lightsaber tonfas for my BFF Kim. She said it cost her about $200 each. Same friend fixed my sabers’ switches when I broke them off by accident and also made a decent lightsaber staff out of PVC pipes. I’ll probably get more into that on another post but I sure was inspired by both ideas.
And Jyn had a tonfa, right? But I’m not too keen to spend $200 for one cosplay. And especially since I already have five hilts (and I’m not General Grievous)… So I took my lazy heinie to Lowes and bought some PVC fittings and black spray paint.
I spray painted on my patio and took a nap while I waited for the pieces to dry. Then I wrapped the dowel with rubber grip strips that were leftovers from my Rey Staff. I secured them with electrical tape (because the paint kept rubbing off anyway and I wanted an all black tonfa).
After assembly it pretty much worked like a shroud, just slipped it right on. Of course I have to activate the saber before slipping on the shroud because it covers the switch. At the end of the Tee, I placed a rubber stopper to keep it from sliding but I’ll probably have to secure that on-site with electrical tape again. I’ll live with it.
I will definitely have to resist dueling with this baby. It looks good in pictures but it’s not as sturdy as it looks. Again, this is for looks.
Tomorrow I have to figure out how I can attach it to my belt so I won’t have to carry it around with me.