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So, did some Sith wield a non-red (non-synthetic) lightsaber?

And the other way around, were there some Jedi wielding red ones?

  • Are you looking for canon only, or is Legends acceptable? The answer you've gotten so far contains Legends information (and the part about Sidious' reincarnation is almost certainly going to contradict canon once Episode VII comes out). – Null Sep 16 '15 at 13:23
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TL;DR

In EU: Exar Kun, Darth Vader and Darth Sidious

In Canon: Anakin Skywalker


We know of three

Wookieepedia explains that:

However, the bloodshine blades were not universal to all Sith, with notables such as Exar Kun and Darth Vader continuing to favor their blue Jedi lightsabers after defecting. However, Kun was likely unaware of the custom, and Vader replaced his Jedi weapon with a red-bladed Sith saber soon afterwards. Darth Sidious also used a pale blue colored lightsaber after his reincarnation. Ultimately, Sith who wielded colors other than red were usually looking to disguise their dark affiliations. In fact, Palpatine was of the opinion that the Sith Lords had outgrown the use of lightsabers, and only continued to use them to humiliate the Jedi.

So, yes, non-synthetic lightsabers have been used by Sith Lords, but not for extended periods, or not intentionally done so to disregard the custom.

We know that there were probably more than just three, as Kun's

followers opted instead to continue using their Jedi lightsabers in combat, though at least one follower used a lightsaber with a red crystal

(Source)

More specifically, in canon, we have only seen one: Anakin Skywalker

More generally though, as to why most Sith use a red lightsaber is explained in the same article as follows:

the defining feature of Sith lightsabers was the use of synthetic crystals, as opposed to the Adegan and Ilum crystals favored by the Jedi. Almost all synthetic crystals used by the Sith featured a red coloration

The article goes on to explain that:

Originally, Sith Lords utilized synthetic crystals due to their lack of access to the traditional sites where crystals were harvested, as these were frequented by the Jedi Order. Eventually, the use of these synth-crystals became a tradition amongst the Sith, who believed the creation of a crystal suited to one's own needs was a display of strength over the Jedi, who relied on the "untamed wilds of space" to provide.[5]

The red coloration was also a result of the forging process, though it too came to become a tradition. The aggressive crimson hue served to differentiate the Sith from their sworn enemies; the Jedi, who typically utilized softer colors, commonly blue or green

  • I wish I could've said 'We know of two' - you know: the rule of two! – Often Right Sep 16 '15 at 9:00
  • The answer is "These guys" – OrangeDog Sep 16 '15 at 13:34
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    @OrangeDog: Someone needs to add that to the list. – Kevin Sep 16 '15 at 14:06
  • @RedCaio Done 😉 – Often Right Jun 30 '16 at 4:08
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In addition of Often Right's answer, in Legends video games, we can see Sith and Dark Jedi wearing:

  • yellow blades (Yun from Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II)
  • orange blades (Pic and Gorc, still in Jedi Knight)
  • blue blades (Sariss in Jedi Knight)
  • purple blades (Boc in Jedi Knight and Reborn in Jedi Knight II/Jedi Academy, various Sith in Knights of the Old Republic)

If you want to limit to Sith only and not Dark Jedi, you still got red and purple lightsabers.

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    There's also Kreia and the floating purple sabers... – Ras Morthil Sep 17 '15 at 4:55
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Absolutely!

Red is the most frequent color because it is made with a synthetic crystal which is easier to obtain, and you know most dark side users always go for the path of least resistance.

However, there are Sith using other colors, and dark jedi as well.

Anyway, I wrote an in-depth post on sith lightsabers that I think may be useful, but this pretty much sums it up.

EDIT: Summarizing the info on the source link in case it goes bad:

  • Sith's Focusing Crystals are Synthetic: Synth crystals began by being red, and with time technology developed and allowed sith to forge any color, but red was already implemented now and it became a tradition.
  • Red symbolizes rage and there's info (non-cannon due to Disney purchasing Lucas Arts) that it pulls users to the dark side, so there's a connection to the dark side of the force.
  • Sith and Dark Jedi want people to fear them as soon as they draw their blade, so they adopt colors that easily identify them as dark and dangerous.
  • The info on the source link is in-depth, but it is basically this when you sum it up :)
  • Welcome to the site! Good answers contain the useful information in them, rather than simply including a link. Links can go bad etc. so maybe edit your answer to include the detail you feel answer the question. :) More info: tour and help center. – RedCaio Jun 30 '16 at 0:40
  • It's worth noting that Sith don't use synthetic crystals because they are easier to obtain but rather because synthetic crystals are actually stronger than natural ones. – The Mandolorian Nov 9 '16 at 20:20
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In addition to the other answers

  • Vergere used a Yellow lightsaber

  • Lumiya used a yellow light whip (if you want to count that since it isn't technically a lightsaber)

  • Grievous had two Blue and two Green lightsabers (although he wasn't technically a Sith or even a force user)

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