A lot of you would ask: why–from all the movies out there–craft a prop from Dune? Yes, I’ll agree that it’s an either-you-love-it-or-you-hate-it movie. And I’d go even as far as say that the haters will win the argument based on plot, pacing and many, many other production values. It’s a confusing film that’s almost impossible to understand. Add to that the fact that it bombed its box office release and bankrupted Dino de Laurentis’ studio. An IGN writer put it best in a 2006 review of the Extended Edition release:
“Ultimately, Dune is unquestionably a flawed movie in any version, but it still holds merit as a rousing, Shakespearean epic, an influential sci-fi tome, or even as a document of bloated 1980s production values.”
I am obviously a huge fan of Dune. I attribute that to the fact that I’d first seen the movie when I was four and four year olds are all wont to deem epic the things they watch at that age. But more importantly I still worship Lynch’s Dune now because it was made with such heart. Having read and worshipped the book down to the last line, I thought that any attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s intricate and precarious universe into a film would be a Herculean task in itself. Dune is a Herculean failure in that regard, but it doesn’t make the failure any less great. Lynch’s Dune fails to communicate a strong, clear story. But it succeeds in world-building with its awesome set pieces and paints the details of that world with its brilliant prop and costume design. Dune’s renders the desert stillsuits into reality quite perfectly (don’t you think?), and who wouldn’t get freaked out by the iron will and calculated power of the bald Bene Gesserit in their black, billowing robes?
Then, there’s the crysknife. To me, it’s the best version of the Fremen weapon made from the giant tooth of the desert sandworm. It’s has a very raw, spartan look that best represents the hardy, survivalist nature of the Fremen, while details like the handle blisters and uneven ridges along the edge make it look organic, like it really was made out of the fang of an enormous creature.
And who wouldn’t want to own the fabled crysknife of the mysterious Fremen? According to the novel, Baron Harkonnen allegedly put up a million Solari bounty for a captured crysknife. There’s a good bit of lore surrounding the knife, too. For example, a crysknife will shatter when removed from it’s owner’s electrical field–which is probably why the ritual challenge for a Fremen duel with crysknives is “May thy knife chip and shatter.” Plus, the book says it even glows with its own light!
I’m almost done with my personal project of building my own crysknife with a lot of research and a good amount of resin. I’ve been building it very close to the David Lynch version (take note that the Extended Edition features a knife with a sheath!), with the view of incorporating some of the elements found in the book.
I’ll mint around 15–the number of Muad’Dib’s Fedaykin–of these to sell. So stick around and see if it’s worth owning one, I’ll post stories and pictures along the way!