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 person's lightsaber, then use mine to quickly supply a coup de grace?

Has a lightsaber user ever done this?

Blame ShemSeger for inspiring this question.

  • I'm going to stop posting questions for the day now. Thanks!
    – Nate
    Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 21:58
  • Question... why make the hilt of cortosis, instead of cross-guard? That would be a better tactical approach (you can tell I designed weapons in the past :) Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 2:45
  • @DVK because I'd make my hilt a little bit longer to serve as a slapjack of sorts, so I could swing it at another lightsaber wielder's blade, short out the weapon, then gracefully spin 360 degrees while igniting my lightsaber and lop off his head on the backswing. It would be awesome.
    – Nate
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 13:14

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Considering that hilts can be made out of wood, there is no reason you wouldn't be able to make a hilt out of Cortosis.


Cortosis ore was a very rare, brittle, fibrous material whose conductive properties caused lightsabers to temporarily short out upon contact.

It would appear that a cortosis hilt, when struck by a saber, would cause the opponent's blade to short out.

To avoid your own blade shorting out, the inside of the hilt would need to be made of different material with the protective cortosis being only on the outside.

Only lightsabers that used a special kind of lightsaber crystal mined on Mestare were immune to the effects of cortosis.

A hilt made of cortosis that also uses this special crystal from Mestare would probably be even less likely to cause its own blade to short out.

Cortosis was expensive to mine because it was so rare and it had to be absolutely refined.

Since the material is rare and sometimes even dangerous (in it's pure form), it's unlikely many Jedi would seek to build their hilts from it under normal circumstances. Jedi train for lightsaber combat, so they'd simply try to train themselves to avoid leaving their hilts open to attack.

  • Presumably your own blade would also short out.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 22:06
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    @Richard would it if the lightsaber elements inside were sheathed in some other metal?
    – The Fallen
    Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 22:07
  • @SSumner - Dunno.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 22:11
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    Or just wear a chainmail or buckler made out of cortosis, and force contact, proceed to destroy the enemy when he has no saber
    – Oak
    Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 22:16
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    I think the better material to use would be Beskar'gam or Mandolorian Iron, it's resistant to lightsabers (and by default almost anything else in the Galaxy) and it wouldn't run the risk of shorting out your own lightsaber since that is not one of its properties it's probably the more practical for a lightsaber hilt than cortosis the only problem is that it belongs to the Mandalorians and they don't like to share with Jedi. Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 4:41

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