- “This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
A Lightsaber is a bladed weapon in the Star Wars universe. It consists of a polished metal hilt which projects a laser based beam of energy, usually measuring about 1.33 meters (4.3 feet) long. The Lightsaber is the signature weapon of both the Jedi and their Sith counterparts, both of whom can use it for close combat and to deflect blaster bolts and more.
The lightsaber's blade can burn and cut through most substances without resistance. It leaves cauterized wounds or burns in flesh, but can be deflected by another lightsaber's blade, or by energy shields. Some exotic saber-proof materials, such as Phrik or Mandalorian iron, have been introduced in the Expanded Universe. An active lightsaber gives off a distinctive hum, which rises in pitch and volume as the blade is moved rapidly through the air. Bringing the blade into contact with an object or another lightsaber's blade produces a loud crackle. The lightsaber is designed as much for elegance in combat as for ceremony, the lightsaber was a distinctive weapon, the very image of which was inextricably bound with the mythos of the Jedi Order and their polar opposites, the Sith. The lightsaber also became synonymous with the Jedi Order's values to uphold peace and justice throughout the galaxy. This perception endured, despite the many conflicts with lightsaber-wielding Sith and Dark Jedi.
The weapon consisted of a smooth, solid, laser like blade made of pure plasma emitted from the hilt and suspended in a force containment field. The field contained the immense heat of the plasma, protecting the wielder, and allowed the blade to keep its shape. The hilt was almost always self-fabricated by the wielder to match his or her specific needs, preferences, and style. Due to the weightlessness of blade and the strong gyroscopic effect generated by it, lightsabers required a great deal of strength and dexterity to wield, and it was extremely difficult - and dangerous - for the untrained to attempt using one, especially in combat. However, in the hands of an expert of the Force, the lightsaber was a weapon to be greatly respected and feared. To wield a lightsaber was to demonstrate incredible skill and confidence, as well as masterful dexterity and attunement to the Force.
Lightsabers were powered by Kyber crystals, the color of which also usually determined the color of the weapon's blade. However, if infected with the Dark side of the Force, as revealed in Ahsoka, Kyber crystals would turn red; this technique was known as "making the crystal bleed".
Kylo Ren, from The Force Awakens, utilizes a new lightsaber design that features two energy crossguards giving it the appearance of a sword. The lightsaber's blade funnels like fire and is outlined with red static electricity instead of solidifying into the smooth, laserbeam-like blade, as typical lightsabers possess. The reason for this is that Kylo Ren's lightsaber utilizes a cracked and damaged Kyber crystal, and the resulting instability of the blade necessitates vents and focusing crystal activators to channel the weapon's excess energy, creating the quillons (crossguards). His blade has a similar appearance to a lightsaber blade emitted using a compressed or unstable synthetic lightsaber crystal, such of which were seen in the Expanded Universe.
Types of Lightsabers
- Standard lightsaber: A Standard lightsaber is a single-bladed lightsaber consisted of a straight hilt. It is the most common type of lightsaber.
- Double-bladed lightsaber: A Double-bladed lightsaber is a lightsaber that featured a blade emitted from both ends; it is similar to a quarterstaff. Notable users include Darth Maul, Pong Krell, and Savage Opress.
- Double-bladed spinning lightsaber: A Double-bladed spinning lightsaber is a specially-designed lightsaber model that is capable of both single and double blades, and is capable of spinning in a circular motion when both blades are emitted. the Double-bladed spinning lightsaber's overall design hardly made it any bigger than a single-emitter lightsaber, a stark contrast to the design of dual-blade weapons. It can also be utilized for flight, given the high speed of its spinning capabilities. The lightsaber does suffer from a design flaw; if given the opening, an opponent can cut through the disc from the inside of the ring, causing the weapon to fly apart if spinning. All Inquisitors use this lightsaber.
- Dual-phase lightsaber: Similar to a standard lightsaber, only its blade length and width can be adjusted. Darth Vader's lightsaber was of this variant. It was also used by Count Dooku.
- Crossguard lightsaber: A Crossguard lightsaber is an ancient lightsaber design with one or two blades emitter protruding near the first one at a 45-degree or 90-degree angle to the axis of the hilt. The second and third blades are dagger-sized; it is similar in appearance to a knight's broadsword. Lightsabers with unstable or damaged crystals, like Kylo Ren's, require crossguards to vent the excess energy emitted by the main blade and keep the weapon from overloading. Crossguard lightsabers are one of the most ancient design variations seen in lightsabers, as they date back thousands of years.
- Curved-hilt lightsaber: A Curved-hilt lightsaber is a lightsaber design which featured a hilt with a built in curve, it is design to utilize one-handed fighting styles such as Makashi, or to provide variable blade angles to confuse opponents; it is similar to a small sword. Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress are the most notable users of this variant.
- Lightsaber-blaster hybrid: A Lightsaber-blaster hybrid is a lightsaber that is combination of both the titular energy sword and a blaster pistol. The only known lightsaber-blaster hybrid belonged to Ezra Bridger before it was destroyed by Darth Vader.
- Lightsaber pike: A Lightsaber pike is similar to a double-bladed lightsaber, featuring two shorter-than-average plasma blades on each side of the Lightsaber pike, they are shorter than normal double-bladed lightsabers; it is similar to a staff or a lance. Jedi Temple Guards used this variant.
- Cane-disguised lightsaber: A Cane-disguised lightsaber is a lightsaber that is concealed as the head of a cane. In combat, the handle would be detached from the body of the cane and wielded normally; it is similar to a walking stick. Cane-disguised lightsabers are usually used by elderly lightsaber duelists, like Tera Sinube and Darth Maul.
- Training lightsaber: A Training lightsaber is a lightsaber that has limited power and thus limited the danger of them being used by Jedi Initiates before they underwent the Gathering, or are assigned or selected by a Jedi Knight or Jedi Master and build a weapon of their own. They are lightsabers that possessed a highly intensified electromagnetic containment field which is far more difficult to penetrate than that of a standard lightsaber. Thus the energy which formed the blade is better contained and able to do far less damage, and would result in welts, bruises, and minor burns instead of amputation or death. This feature could be readjusted by a fully trained Jedi to enable a Jedi Knight or Jedi Master to utilize a trainee's weapon in emergencies.
- Shoto-style lightsaber: A Shoto-style lightsaber is a short lightsaber; it is similar to a dagger. Yoda carried a shoto-style lightsaber. Many Jedi, such as Ahsoka Tano, also used it as a support weapon in their off-hand. Most Jedi use shoto-style lightsabers in dual-lightsaber combat. The shoto is also analogous to the real-life Wakizashi short sword used by Samurai warriors.
- Darksaber: A Darksaber is a rare black-bladed lightsaber, that is flattened and comes to a point like a traditional sword, rather than the rounded beam of more standard lightsabers. This lightsaber variant is an ancient design. The only known example of this currently belongs to Darth Maul after he took it from the corpse of its previous wielder, Pre Viszla, whose Mandalorian ancestors had stolen the weapon from the Jedi thousands of years before.
- Jedi lightsaber: A Jedi lightsaber is a specialized type of lightsaber that catered to the needs and preferences of the Jedi Order. Jedi lightsabers utilize natural Kyber crystals from caves and the like, while others utilizes Synthetic kyber crystals (artificially created kyber crystals). Designed to serve as a symbol of peace and justice, these lightsabers are also a symbol of the Jedi. Traditionally, these weapons are all blue or green-bladed lightsabers, though many of these weapons come in light blue, yellow-green, yellow, gold, purple, white or even black-bladed lightsabers.
- Sith lightsaber: A Sith lightsaber is a specialized type of lightsaber that catered to the needs and preferences of the Sith Order. Most Sith lightsabers utilizes Synthetic kyber crystals (artificially created kyber crystals), while others utilizes natural Kyber crystals, the appearance of these lightsabers are design to intimidate the opponents of the Sith. Traditionally these weapons are all red-bladed lightsabers, though some of these weapons are known to be purple, crimson or scarlet-bladed lightsabers.
Known Metal Alloys
These metal alloys have been discovered or invented by both the Jedi and Sith over the years in the construction of their lightsabers, most of these metal alloys have been seen or mentioned in the original films, as well as in the animated series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
- Solid Heavy-Duty: Solid Heavy-Duty is a metal alloy that is used in the construction of lightsabers, for lightsaber duelists who favours maximum strength, it is also extremely durable, but this alloy is not as strong as Electrum or Phrik. Anakin Skywalker used this alloy in the construction of his first blue-bladed lightsaber, it was destroyed on Geonosis in the Separatist Droid Factory by a mechanical cutting arm, while fighting Geonosian soldiers; during Anakin and Padmé's attempt to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Electrum: Electrum is a rare metal alloy that is used in the construction of lightsabers, with or without being combined with Phrik, they are indestructible; to the point where even other lightsaber blades cannot penetrate or destroy them. Palpatine used this alloy combined with Phrik in the construction of his two lightsabers.
- Phrik: Phrik is a rare metal alloy that is used in the construction of lightsabers, with or without being combined with Electrum, they are indestructible; to the point where even other lightsaber blades cannot penetrate or destroy them. Palpatine used this alloy combined with Electrum in the construction of his two red-bladed lightsabers.
- Black Alloy: Black Alloy is a black metal alloy that is used in the construction of lightsabers, with or without being combined with Solid Heavy-Duty; they are extremely durable, but this alloy is not as strong as Electrum or Phrik. Darth Vader used this alloy in the construction of his own red-bladed lightsaber.
- Chrome: Chrome is a metal alloy that is used in the construction of lightsabers, for lightsaber duelists who favours maximum dexterity and speed, it is also extremely durable, but this alloy is not as strong as Electrum or Phrik. Yoda used this alloy in the construction of his own green-bladed shoto-style lightsaber.
Lightsaber Combat Forms
Lightsaber combat is fluid and graceful, and can be utilized against blasters, a feat normally too difficult for opponents that did not possess a connection to the Force. There are seven Lightsaber combat Forms known to exist.
- Form I: Also known as Shii-Cho, Form I is the most basic and oldest form of lightsaber combat. It is taught to all Jedi.
- Form II: Form II or Makashi, is a form that is specific to lightsaber on lightsaber combat. Count Dooku was considered to be a master of this form.
- Form III: Form III or Soresu, is a more defensive lightsaber form that is useful for close combat. Kanan Jarrus and Obi-Wan Kenobi were noted practitioners of this form.
- Form IV: Form IV, also known as Ataru, is the most acrobatic form of lightsaber combat. It is useful for blocking blaster fire and is best utilized in open spaces. Yoda was a master practitioner of this form.
- Form V: Form V, known also as Shien or Djem So, is a lightsaber combat form that countered power with power. Shien is useful in particular for countering ranged weaponry, while Djem So focused more on lightsaber specific combat. Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano and Luke Skywalker were all practitioners of this form.
- Form VI: Also known as Niman, Form VI is centered around using the Force in conjunction with a lightsaber. It is especially useful for those wielding double-bladed lightsabers.
- Form VII: Also known as Juyo or Vaapad, Form VII is the most unpredictable and aggressive form. Mace Windu was a particularly notable practitioner of this form.
Known Lightsaber Combat Styles
Lightsaber combat styles have been invented by both the Jedi and Sith over the years, most of these styles are technically not part of the seven Lightsaber combat Forms, but were likely created to make the seven forms more effective in combat, most of these styles have been seen or mentioned in the the original films, as well as in the animated series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
- Jar'Kai: Jar'Kai is a style that utilizes two lightsabers in combat. Asajj Ventress and Ahsoka Tano were particularly notable practitioners of this style.
- Whirlwind of Destiny: Whirlwind of Destiny is a style that is for the user to be flexible; spinning his/her body and lightsaber around like an actual whirlwind, during the Clone Wars, it was developed by Jedi youngling Petro probably to make Form V, also known as Shien or Djem So, more effective in blocking multiple Blaster bolts. Petro was a particularly notable practitioner of this style.
Behind the Scenes
Development and Production
When developing the Jedi Knights, who were heroic and honorable peacekeepers, George Lucas needed a weapon that was more than just another weapon but also a symbol that matched their ideals as the whole premises of Star Wars was that it was a romantic fantasy in the great romantic traditions of mythology. Influenced by the romantic Pirate and Swashbuckling films of the forties which showcased the romantic side of fighting where there was chivalry and honor.
George envisioned that the lightsabers were really heavy and had to use both hands to wield it and never take a hand off because they were very powerful and had a lot of energy in them. The actors had to work with them as if they were heavy. As the saga went on, they began to slowly move away from the two handed form and sometimes using a one handed form as they made the fights more faster and more intense, and it progressed to being a both two handed and one handed form but still originally was meant to be just a two handed form because of the amount of energy that was being swung around.
For the prequel trilogy, choreographer Nick Gilliard developed lightsaber combat into a more fluid and dynamic style. Gilliard described the fights as "a game of chess moving at a thousand miles an hour" and compared each move to a check. Ray Park, who portrayed Darth Maul in the films, would help him to further develop the choreography.
The original effect of the lightsaber was basically a rotating pole that had movie screen material applied to it, then using a compact motor within the hilt, the rod would rapidly rotate, reflecting the lights on set and creating an in-camera glowing effect. However the glowing effect was not absolute, whenever the actor moved it out of a certain area, the glow would disappear and the actual spinning rod could be seen. These props were also highly limited; they were cumbersome and fragile, often breaking them during fight scenes. In order to partially compensate for this, the blade was rotoscoped and an animated glow was added by tracing onto a blown-up copy of the frame with pen and colored ink, one frame at a time. It was at this phase that blades were given colors, as the props were simple white blades.
The lightsaber is both part real and part animated and filmmakers used the real poles to tell them where the sword blades were. Sometimes they used a short blade as the actors would be fighting so close that they would hit the set and sometimes they would use no blade because the blade would either turn on and off in a shot or what the actors were doing was so complicated they couldn't do with swords themselves and they would add in the blades later but took a lot of very careful tracking.
The sound of the lightsabers was turned over to Ben Burtt who was also working on the sound effects for R2-D2, the breathing of Darth Vader and the blasters. The sound of the lightsabers was the first thing Ben worked on for the films. His inspiration for what they sounded like was projector motors that produced these mysterious humming sounds when they weren't running. While searching for other elements, Ben had a tape recorder with a broken mike cable (the shielding had come off of it), and when he walked past the television set in his apartment, it picked up the hum from the picture tube directly into the broken wire creating a buzz which became the clashing sound of when the lightsabers clashed against each other.
This weapon featured a thick, ridged handgrip, a high-output diatium power cell, a dual-phase focusing crystal, forward mounted adjustment knobs and a beveled emitter shroud. Vader's lightsaber had an adjustable blade, which allowed the Sith Lord to manually adjust and control the size and width of the blade to suit his purposes. Vader was also known to have used the weapons against opponents other than Jedi, though he also sometimes preferred to use the Force against his victims.
Vader has been known to have experimented with a rounded emitter shroud similar to his second Jedi weapon. He is known to have utilized a scarlet Adegan crystal rather than a synthetic kyber crystal.
At the age of thirteen, the design of Anakin's first lightsaber had a blue plasma blade, chunky controls, and thick ridges on the handle. While fighting his way through the battle droid foundries on Geonosis, Skywalker had his lightsaber destroyed by a mechanical cutting arm.
Incorporating many of the elements from his first weapon, Anakin's lightsaber was specifically designed to facilitate his practice of Form V combat. The lightsaber had a solid casing and a heavily shrouded blade emitter. The beveled emitter was designed to designate separate facets of the blade for either offensive or defensive purposes. The lightsaber hilt included a ridged hand grip, as Shien/Djem So required its users to maintain a solid grip on the hilt.
Luke lost the lightsaber in his second duel against Darth Vader on Bespin, this weapon was believed to be lost forever, however, it somehow ended up in the possession of Maz Kanata, who had it for years, it was later used by Finn and Rey respectively, in their duel against Kylo Ren.
The lightsaber was later presented to Luke on Ahch-To, by Rey as a sign that the galaxy needed him once again.
The construction of Luke's lightsaber was based off schematics Luke found in Obi-Wan's hut on Tatooine. Luke was able to gather most of the parts he required to build his weapon from various vendors in the city of Mos Eisley, including a high-energy reflector cup, power cells and a focusing lens. However, Luke was unable to obtain a lightsaber crystal and was forced to fabricate his own, utilizing a small blast furnace and a book of instructions found within the home of his fallen Master. The resulting hilt greatly resembled that of his late master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The weapon possessed superior balance to Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber. Possibly as a result of utilizing a thick kyber crystal, the lightsaber made a distinctive snap-hiss sound when activated, which was a different sound to that emitted by his father's weapon.
Obi-Wan's first lightsaber was based on the simple design of Qui-Gon Jinn's weapon. During the Invasion of Naboo, Obi-Wan lost this weapon during a duel with the Sith Lord Darth Maul, who kicked it into a reactor shaft inside the Theed power generator.
Obi-Wan's second lightsaber was construct sometime after the Invasion of Naboo, after he lost his first lightsaber in a duel on Naboo against the Sith Lord Darth Maul, Obi-Wan lost this weapon when he was captured by Separatist leader Count Dooku on Geonosis.
Obi-Wan's third lightsaber featured a much more skeletal make. The emitter was separated from the body of the weapon by a bronze and brass cut-back, thin "choke" portion which also held the reserve power cell. Immediately below this slim bar was the black ridged handgrip, which occupied the central third of the hilt. The activator was throttle-style, the same sort featured on Anakin Skywalker's second lightsaber. The covertec wheel was black held onto a rigged black extension. Finally sealing the hilt was a chrome emitter.
During Obi-Wan's exile on Tatooine, the lightsaber was adjusted in sections so that parts were black. He also wrote down instructions for creating a lightsaber. He based the schematics provided off his own which resulted in the lightsabers created from the instructions bearing a strong resemblance to his weapon, starting with Luke Skywalker's.
After Dooku left the Jedi Order he replaced his blue kyber crystal with a new synthetic red crystal, signifying his journey to the Dark side. It had a curved handle which allowed for precision control of where the blade would go. Dooku typically wielded the weapon one-handed but would use two hands when required. This weapon was destroyed when it entered the planet atmosphere of Coruscant.
Maul's customized double-bladed lightsaber was his signature weapon was actually two separate lightsabers fused end to end. Maul controlled the weapon with deadly precision able to quickly switch from attacking with one one blade to the other. The weapon was cut right down the middle by Obi-Wan Kenobi during the duel on Naboo. It was presumed lost when Maul was presumed dead, however Maul had stored the lightsaber in a cave for over 12 years while trying to make artificial legs for himself. Maul's brother, Savage Opress, managed to retrieve Maul and his lightsaber. Maul wielded the weapon against Obi-Wan in several rematches, then alongside the Darksaber against Palpatine. This weapon was eventually lost or destroyed.
|Mace Windu||Purple||Mace had two lightsabers, one with a more generic design. the other with a more intricate design. His signature purple lightsaber was built upon being appointed as a senior master of the Jedi Council and was decorated with electrum finish befitting his high status. The weapon also had a unique signature handgrip. The fate of the weapon is unknown except that it was last seen falling down Chancelor Palpatine's office after Windu's duel with Palpatine. It was presumably destroyed by its landing.|
Palpatine's lightsabers were designed based around the Sith Master's passion for antiquity. He created the main body from the light and lightsaber-resistant Phrik alloy and decorated them with golden Electrum metal, as Palpatine was also a patron of the arts and a master craftsman. He constructed two of these weapons and used them throughout his life as a Sith Master/the Dark Lord of the Sith until he was killed by the redeemed Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Palpatine rarely used his lightsabers unless he had no other choice, as he knew the weapons would mark him instantly as a Sith Master. Moreover, he believed Sith had grown beyond the need for lightsabers, and only wielded them as a way of mocking the Jedi.
Ahsoka used this lightsaber in Form IV and Form V combat. She mainly used it in a reverse Shien style grip. Ahsoka lost this lightsaber when she was dueling Barriss Offee on Coruscant.
At some point during the Clone Wars, Ahsoka construct a yellow-green-bladed shoto-style lightsaber to pair with her standard lightsaber and wielded it during many battles across the galaxy. Ahsoka lost this lightsaber when she was forced to go on the run; she dropped her shoto-style lightsaber when a rocket blast knocked her over.
During the events of Ahsoka, following her departure from the Jedi Order and set during rise of the Galactic Empire, Ahsoka constructed two new lightsabers, created from the inner components and crystals from the lightsaber of an Inquisitor called Sixth Brother, whom she killed and with the outer hilts made from materials of her choosing. The main lightsaber is of standard length while the other is a shoto-style lightsaber, similar to the ones she wielded during the Clone Wars except both handles are slightly curved, and emit white blades. Originally, both crystals were red from infection by the Dark Side of the Force, but Ahsoka turned them white by imbuing them with the Light side of the Force.
Yoda's constructed his lightsaber many years ago under the aegis of Professor Huyang. In keeping with Yoda's stature, the green-bladed weapon had a shorter-than-average hilt and shorter blade. It had a simple design, consisting of a studded chrome handle with black trim and an emitter shroud. It should be noted that Yoda never used the lightsaber much until he battle Dooku on Geonosis. Yoda lost it after his battle with Palpatine. How or whether he got it back is unknown.
Qui-Gon built his lightsaber while under the apprenticeship of Dooku during the latter's tenure as a Jedi Master and utilized Form IV with it as his main fighting style. Elegantly built, the lightsaber had a scallopped hand grip. Qui-Gon would wield this lightsaber until his death at the hands of Darth Maul. Maul was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi with the weapon as its last act.
Plo built his lightsaber in the decades before the Clone Wars, and would continue to wield it until his death during Order 66. Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order used this very design as a rubric for the lightsabers they built, though it is unknown what happened to the weapons after Kylo Ren destroyed most of the New Jedi Order.
Asajj received her lightsabers from Count Dooku as a gift. They could join at the ends to make on double-bladed lightsaber like Darth Maul's. Asajj used them throughout the Clone Wars especially during her career as a bounty hunter until they were stolen by Barriss Offee. Asajj would never reclaim them, as she used a gold-bladed lightsaber until her death at the hands of Count Dooku.
When Kanan was forced to keep his Jedi identity hidden, he had to conceal his lightsaber in a draw where it remained for fourteen years, until Ezra found it. Kanan's lightsaber was specially modified to split into two pieces and reattach for easy concealment.
|The Grand Inquisitor||Red||
The Empire's Grand Inquisitor uses a double-bladed rotating lightsaber, which is designed to end battles quickly, efficiently, and with a minimum of effort. The Grand Inquisitor's lightsaber is equipped with several modes, such as the crescent-mode that keeps it single-bladed. There is also a disc-mode where a second blade is drawn, during so both blades can rotate across the disc. Its unique design serves to unnerve the Grand Inquisitor's enemies, particularly among the Jedi he hunts. It was destroyed by Kanan Jarrus using both his and Ezra Bridger's lightsabers.
Unlike a traditional lightsaber, Ezra's weapon is a lightsaber-blaster hybrid, allowing him to engage in lightsaber combat as well as firefights. The lightsaber blade is light and swift, which complimented Ezra's speed and size. The blaster component, which fired stun blasts, was built as a result of Ezra's lack of skill at deflecting blaster bolts with his blade.
At the heart of the lightsaber is a kyber crystal, which Ezra received in the Jedi Temple on Lothal. In addition to the crystal, the lightsaber was built out of a number of parts from different members of the Rebel crew of the Ghost. Kanan Jarrus had spare lightsaber parts that he had found over the years, Sabine Wren donated modulation circuits and an energy gate, Chopper donated a power cell and Hera Syndulla provided additional technology based on Ezra's specifications. Those specifications included a blade emitter shroud, handgrip ridges, a blade length adjuster, an activator, and a blaster barrel.
It was destroyed by Darth Vader in Ezra's second duel against the former.
Following the destruction of his first lightsaber, Ezra at some point constructed a new one that features a green blade. Unlike his previous lightsaber-blaster hybrid, his new lightsaber is more traditional in construction. It is vaguely similar in design to Luke Skywalker's second lightsaber and Obi-Wan Kenobi's third lightsaber. Its hum is somewhat deeper in pitch than traditionally for a lightsaber.
Kylo's lightsaber has a main red blade, and two smaller red blades that projected from the side of the weapon as a crossguard. The lightsaber's blades were ragged and unstable, with the blade funnelling like fire and static electricity instead of solidifying. The reason for the blade's unorthodox appearance came from the fact that the kyber crystal powering it was cracked and damaged; it could barely contain the weapon's power. This necessitated the use of vents and focusing crystal activators to funnel away the weapon's excess energy, creating the signature quillons (crossguards). The emitter shrouds for the quillons were a necessity to protect Kylo's hands from his own weapon. The lightsaber's hilt was based off an ancient design dating back thousands of years to the Scourge of Malachor, but unlike those, Kylo's lightsaber was crudely built and slipshod in its design, revealing Kylo's inexperience with building lightsabers in general. Kylo utilized this weapon in his slaughter most of Luke Slywalker's new fledgling Jedi Order, the murder of his father, Han Solo, and in his duel with Finn and Rey.
The Fifth Brother's lightsaber is similar in design to the Grand Inquisitor's lightsaber, but is somewhat larger with indents on the outer ring. It, like all Inquisitor lightsabers, could be used for flight as well as combat.
The Seventh Sister's lightsaber shares the basic disc-shaped design with the Grand Inquisitor and the Fifth Brother's lightsabers, with unique textures and curved points on the outer ring. It, like all Inquisitor lightsabers, was useful for flight as well as combat.
The Eight Brother's lightsaber shares the disc-shaped design of other Inquisitor lightsabers, and like them, could be used for flight as well as combat. Uniquely, its outer ring contained retractable saw teeth, and could be utilized when deactivated as a hand-held buzzsaw. It was later destroyed during Eighth Brother's duel with Kanan Jarrus, Darth Maul and Ahsoka Tano.
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