A photon emitter provides the "blade." It can act as a neural disruptor against living objects. After giving up the Ebony Blade, Whitman designed and constructed a neural sword. The neural sword resembles a lightsaber in both its appearance and its effects on non-living matter, but the sword functions differently when used against living beings. Its "laser" blade is actually a neural disruptor; when Whitman cuts someone with the sword, it delivers a massive jolt to the being's central nervous system.
This jolt is usually enough to incapacitate someone within just a few hits. Alternately, Whitman can reverse the neural sword's energy stream so that it encases its hilt and, by extension, Whitman's fist in a high-energy field. Using the sword in this fashion enables Whitman to punch with some unspecified degree of enhanced strength. The neural sword also creates a refraction field used to defend against energy-based attacks.