An energy blade weapon from the Star Wars franchise often wielded like a sword or pike.

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Would a lightsaber ignite a flammable substance?

I remember reading somewhere(I don't really remember where, sorry) that a lightsaber isn't really hot, it just makes atoms vibrate and hence heat is produced in a material the lightsaber comes in ...
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Why didn't Kenobi turn Grievous Lightsabers off? [duplicate]

As I read, Jedi learn early on to 'force shield' themselves so that another Jedi cannot turn their Lightsaber off during battle. Is there a in-universe explanation as to why Obi-wan Kenobi didn't do ...
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How can lightsabers have crossguards without an imperfect crystal?

If you haven't watched it yet, check out the latest trailer for Star Wars Rebels, just a few days old. You will notice a very familiar lightsaber design we once thought impossible and/or useless. But ...
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Are the Sith always trained in lightsaber combat?

Unlike the Jedi, who systematically train multiple padawans in lightsaber combat at the Jedi Temple, the Sith are only two in number at any given moment: the master and the apprentice. Dooku and ...
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How effectively can the vented energy from Kylo Ren's lightsaber serve as a crossguard?

Earlier questions about the effectiveness of Kylo Ren's lightsaber's design, in my opinion, is moot because they are all based on the assumption that those two side-blades are primarily intended to be ...
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Why don't Kylo Ren's lightsaber vents ignite before the blade?

I know why the lightsaber needs vents, but why don't the vents ignite first? (Is ignite the right word?). I'm clearly no engineer, and I've clearly never made a lightsaber before, so I'm just ...
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Why do lightsaber users fight two-handed?

The lightsaber is presumably not a very heavy weapon. It's implied to be little more than a handle with a weightless plasma blade, very easy to swing and throw around. So why do so many people ...
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Why couldnt starships use lightsaber like-shields?

A lightsaber can cut through anything and deflect laser blasts easily, right? So could a ship be built with its hull lined up with thousands to lightsabers? I mean, when turned on, it could easily ...
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Accidental lightsaber injuries or deaths?

Knowing that wielding lightsabers can be extremely dangerous to the uses, have there ever been any accidental, self-inflicted injuries or deaths caused to anyone? Between the gyroscopic forces that ...
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What age do Padawans get real lightsabers?

What age do Padawans get to use their lightabers? In Clone Wars episodes we see them assembling the lightsabers after a trek into the cave. Is there a rule about what age Padawans get real ...
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How long does a lightsaber power cell last?

Related: What happens when a lightsaber gets low on power? Related: How is a lightsaber's power cell recharged? This question means both: How long can a lightsaber be used in continuous ...
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Are there “light bayonets”?

Are there lightsaber-type bayonet rifle attachments in the universe, canon or Legends?
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When did the lightsaber become an icon of popular culture?

The lightsaber is, almost unanimously, a universal icon of science fiction. The ultimate weapon belonging to a more civilised age. In its own way, it enjoyed a status and prestige akin to Darth Vader ...
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What is the shape of a lightsaber blade?

I used to think a lightsaber blade is shaped like a cylinder of uniform diameter, much like the film props representing them. However, once in a while I come across a scene from the Original Trilogy ...
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What good is the force in a lightsaber duel?

I have watched Star Wars (episodes 4, 5 and 6) and I am curious to know why there is so much importance on mastering the Force. Until now, I have seen the Force being used for pushing, raising heavy ...
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Alternative forms of the light sabers/weaps according to origin? [duplicate]

Actually, I see no reason why all light sabers must be same size and form and only differ by color, even according to the origin "physics". Don't mention the double-edged weapons' X-guards - it is ...
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Does spinning help Jedi fight?

I noticed that in almost all of the Jedi lightsaber fights they are constantly spinning as they fight. I know because it's a movie it looks cool, but does it actually help? It almost seems like it ...
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When did lightsabers first appear in the Star Wars timeline?

Where do we first see/read about a lightsaber in the Star Wars universe (EU and Legends count)? I mean this from an in-universe chronological perspective, not publication/release order. It’s a ...
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Is Anakin's lightsaber the only one remaining from the 'Clone Wars' era?

In discussions and info surrounding The Force Awakens, it seems that a lot of the (now ancient) Jedi knowledge has been lost to time. Luke's Green lightsaber used a synthetic crystal, a practice ...
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Does Kylo Ren's fractured crystal put him at a disadvantage?

I've been reading the cause of his abnormal lightsaber glow is due to a fractured crystal. Does that mean his lightsaber is less reliable in any sort of way? Was there any proof that his lightsaber ...
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Any good resources about lightsaber production?

I am looking for resources on how lightsabers were made. Wookipedia has a brief description at http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lightsaber . This article briefly addresses how they were made. Do we ...
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exactly how do lightsabers turn on/off? [duplicate]

It seems that when someone drops their saber it turns off, but Lukes hand still gripped his when his hand got chopped. Why did it extinguish?
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How and where are lightsabers manufactured? [duplicate]

In The Force Awakens, we see only two lightsabers. One is over 30 years old and belonged to Luke Skywalker. The other was of unknown age and belonged to Kylo Ren. Lightsabers are precision ...
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As of Star Wars 7 what is special about lightsabers?

There had been non-Jedi/non-Sith dabbling with lightsabers a bit. General Grievous swung a bunch around like crazy. And I do recall there had been some kind of stick weapon that the lightsaber ...
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Why do lightsabers attract Force sensitives?

There are at least two incidents in the canon which suggest that lightsabers attract Force sensitives: Ezra was attracted to Kanan's lightsaber in the pilot episode of Star Wars: Rebels TV show. Rey ...
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How did they recover Luke's lightsaber? [duplicate]

In V Luke Drops his lightsaber from cloud city into Bespin, A gas giant. In VII it is seen recovered on Takodana held by Maz Kanata. How did anyone find and retrieve it?
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Which button activates Skywalker's lightsaber, and why is it inconsistent?

You can tell from this video that Finn is actually pushing that button to activate the lightsaber It seems like there are different on-buttons or something because the toys say the big ...
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Is there a reason Kylo Ren never activated his lightsaber on-screen?

On watching The Force Awakens, I noticed that Kylo Ren's lightsaber was always activated off-screen and then swung into view. In contrast, the other lightsaber used in the movie was activated ...
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How was this notable weapon possibly retrieved? [duplicate]

Okay, so Maz talks about how that’s Luke’s lightsaber and his father’s, before him. And also explains why Kylo Ren wanted it so badly. But how’s that even possible...? In The Empire Strikes Back, ...
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Is Rey's Staff Made of Lightsabers?

Looking at Rey's staff, it sure looks like it is made of lightsabers as parts. Are they actually lightsabers? Did she get them (or the whole weapon) from scavenging?
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What are all the known lightsaber designs?

What are the different designs of lightsabers in the Star Wars canon? For example, Darth Maul with his double-bladed saber, and Kylo Ren with his cross-guard saber.
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When does Luke's lightsaber first appear in the Star Wars saga?

After having seen The Force Awakens, I am having a bit of trouble trying to figure out when the blue lightsaber that Finn uses to fight Kylo Ren first appears in the saga. We know that its last user ...
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Why does Kylo Ren's lightsaber look different from normal lightsabers?

Kylo Ren's lightsaber is very confusing. It has a cross-guard, which was discussed in another question, but I don't think this was: Why does Kylo Ren's lightsaber look different from a normal ...
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Can a Lightsaber cut through Laminanium?

Can a Lightsaber cut through Laminanium? The Wikia article doesn't seem to address that, it merely says Jedi's new armour (Jedi expeditionary suit) was made of it in latter-period EU/Legends novels. ...
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In Star Wars: “The Force Awakens,” how could this lightsaber have turned up where it did?

In The Force Awakens: The lightsaber that Luke got from Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope was lost/destroyed when Luke fought Darth Vader in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. In Return of the Jedi ...
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How did Maz Kanata acquire Luke's lightsaber? [duplicate]

Hidden away in a storage room beneath Maz Kanata's Castle, Rey finds Luke's first / Anakin's second lightsaber We last saw that weapon when Luke's hand was severed on cloud city, causing the hand ...
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How can Kylo Ren recognize this item?

During the last part of The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren faces Finn in a snowy forest on Starkiller base. Finn lights up Luke's lightsaber to fight against Kylo Ren. Kylo immediately says something like: ...
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Can a lightsaber hilt be made out of cortosis?

Let's say I'm a Jedi. If I constructed a lightsaber hilt out of Cortosis, would the lightsaber work? If it did, could I then hit another lightsaber-wielder's blade with my hilt, short out that ...
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Why aren't lightsabers made out of Mandalorian iron?

I was just barely thinking about this while reading this question: Useless cross-guard on a lightsaber? How many times do lightsabers get cut in half in the Star Wars universe? In the movies - Obi ...
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Why do the training drone's shots not bounce off the lightsaber?

In Star Wars, blaster shots always reflect off the lightsaber as seen in so many different scenes. In A New Hope, while Luke is using the training drone on the Falcon the training drone's lasers are ...
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Do Lightsabers “stick” to each other?

In lightsaber combat, strikes are often blocked, generating a loud noise and a bright light. If they were normal swords, the swords would have some level of friction holding the contact point in ...
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Can a blaster bolt be cut in half with a lightsaber?

A blaster "bolt" - at least from an E-11 - appears to have a length generally longer than the diameter of a lightsaber blade. If the bolt can be deflected/reflected by a lightsaber, and its length is ...
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Are the lightsaber battles in the original trilogy slower and less acrobatic than those in the prequel trilogy? [duplicate]

Obviously as filmed the lightsaber battles in the original trilogy are slower and less acrobatic than those in the prequel trilogy. Is this canon? There's a popular question that basically asks why ...
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Would metal bullets be more effective against a light saber? [duplicate]

I've been wondering, we always see light sabers reflecting blaster lasers which, supposedly, are raw energy. We get no indication that there is actually any substance to a lightsaber's blade, so ...
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Has any Jedi regularly used two or more lightsabers in Disney Canon?

It's not uncommon for us to see a Sith using two or more lightsabers. We also see that General Grievous uses four lightsabers. So, my question is do we ever see a Jedi in Disney Canon who uses more ...
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Are lightsaber blades a different material from blaster fire?

Since they aren't just light energy (move too slowly), they are probably some kind of matter or semi-matter. It has been speculated that starship fire is of a different nature from rifle fire ...
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How does the resistance of a substance being cut affect the handling of a lightsaber compared to an equal-sized sword?

When two lightsaber blades meet, or a lightsaber stops a blaster beam, physical force is transmitted back through the handle to the user. When cutting ordinary matter is any force transmitted to the ...
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How does handling a lightsaber (weight and momentum) compare with an equal-sized sword? [duplicate]

Potentially the balance of a lightsaber is very different from that of a sword. With a sword, the weight and momentum of the blade significantly affect the depth of the cut. When the lightsaber is ...
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How do any Jedi still have hands?

The films amply demonstrate how easy it is to take your opponents hand off (and frankly I don't understand why such moves aren't attempted earlier in the fights - it seems like an automatic win ...
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Why do Jedi use lightsabers?

Why do Jedi use lightsabers instead of blasters? Blasters seem to be more practical. Perhaps there are some special bonds or something between lightsabers and Jedi?