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‘Yannus Furzon’

So you may be asking yourself, “Why Yannus Furzon?”  As with most of your questions, I’m glad you asked.
It’s a pretty silly story, actually.  When Gregg and I were working on our very first MR conversion– the Darth Maul staff that eventually became Heliotrope and Viridius– we used several button-head hex bolts either as cosmetic features, or as functional pieces which of course held parts of the hilt together.  The black screws that we used had the initials “YFS” stamped on the heads.  At first, we were a bit upset by it.  I mean, who wants some useless writing all over our saber components?
But then, we got to thinking.  (There might have even been smoke coming out of our ears at that point.)  What if we said that “YFS” actually stood for something?  What if it was the name of our saber company or smithery?  Not a bad idea!  Then the imprint would actually have some relevance!  But what could it mean?
Our first thought was that the “S” must stand for something to do with “saber.”  Initially it was “Sabershop,” but we quickly realized that we didn’t want to make it sound like we were stealing from The Custom Saber Shop.  So I thought that “Saberworks” would be a good choice.  As for the “YF,” we thought that those letters should sand for the place where the ‘works is located– a planet in the Star Wars universe, perhaps.  Yavin Four immediately sprung to mind, but we then thought that instead of using an such a recognized planet, we’d use something a bit more unusual.  So Gregg and I sat in front of my computer and looked up the names of planets on Wookieepedia.  After about an hour of bad combos like Yugami Felucia, we though that it might be better to come up with something of our own.
“Yannus” was actually a pretty easy choice.  It’s a derivative of Janus, the two-faced Roman god, which is appropriate, as Gregg can’t make up his mind of he’s a Jedi or Sith.  “Furzon,” however, was a bit more difficult to come up with.  I figured if we’re using an F, I have to work “Fur” in there somehow.  (For those of you who may not know, Fur is my nickname– the slightly more phonetical spelling of the last syllable of Christopher.)  I had just finished playing Metroid Prime Corruption for the Wii, and was reminded that there is a radioactive substance in the game called Phazon— a substance which kinda glows like a lightsaber blade.  So I mixed Fur with Phazon, shook well, and got “Furzon” as a result.  We then had to go back and add another N to the original spelling Yanus to make the amount of letters the same, as to better facilitate a symmetrical layout of the (then) forthcoming logo.  (It was alternatively going to be Yaanus or Yanuus, but the double Ns won out in the end.)
So there you go.  That whole long story, and a grueling mental process on our part (Did I mention the smoke?), just to come up with a good reason why those damn screws on our sabers have “YFS” on them.
Aren’t you glad you asked?
(Incidentally, if you’re interested, the “YFS” on the screws we use is in actuality the product mark of the Fang Sheng Screw Co., Ltd.  I’m sure they’re pleased as Praxis punch to know that we’re co-opting their stamp.  Good thing we don’t make any money out of this gig…)