Reference Book: Star Wars Saga Edition Jedi Academy Training Manual
A rare variant of the short shoto style of the Lightsaber, the Guard Shoto (Also referred to as the Lightsaber Tonfa) has a second handle that sticks out from the main hilt at a 90-degree angle. It is possible to hold a Guard Shoto by either the main hilt, or the second handle. If it is held by the second handle, the lightsaber blade can be held parallel to the forearm, allowing it to easily be used for blocks.
Because a Guard Shoto is designed primarily to block other Lightsabers, it is most useful when its handle is laced with Phrik (A Lightsaber-resistant metallic compound), which can be an expensive process.
A character proficient with the Guard Shoto gains a +2 Equipment bonus on Use the Force checks to block melee attacks, or deflect ranged attacks using the Block or Deflect talents. Additionally, Lightsabers do not ignore the Damage Reduction of a Guard Shoto with a Phrik-laced handle.
Weapon Type: Lightsabers
Weight: 1 Kilogram
Type: Energy and Slashing
Special: Can be Thrown