Near the culmination of the movie, we see that

When Finn uses Luke's lightsaber, the saber appears rather usual. However, later when Rey picks up the sword, the blade appears a lot narrower, as if to fit with her thinner physique.

Has something similar ever happened before? I'm only familiar with the movies, but has any other source shown a similar effect in lightsabers before?

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    Novelization mentions no such thing. Are you sure this is a real change and not an atrifact of perspective shift? Dec 20, 2015 at 8:48
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    I don't remember the blade being any narrower. They did say something about changing/improving the way the lightsaber effect is done, so maybe you're interpreting that as "narrower"?
    – Martha
    Dec 20, 2015 at 16:35
  • I didn't notice a difference in this, but the visual style of the blades changed between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, so if there is a difference, it's probably just because this is a new trilogy that's being made 33 years later, so there's probably a different team working on the effects. I'll pay more attention when I see the movie again soon.
    – TylerH
    Dec 20, 2015 at 17:57
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    After watching the movie again, paying attention to this, I couldn't spot a difference in the blade when Rey wielded it.
    – TylerH
    Dec 30, 2015 at 0:03
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    If the air was very dry on StarKiller, the light would be refracted less. Same with using a torch in the fog.
    – PStag
    Jan 16, 2016 at 13:30

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Are these the scenes?

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I don't see any difference. Note that the thickness of the blade fluctuates a little, as if it's shimmering; perhaps this effect made it appear narrower/thicker. You can most easily see it when Rey is holding it; it doesn't have a uniform thickness.

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