After Vader kills Obi-Wan on the Death Star, his lightsaber falls at Vader's feet. Luke witnesses from a distance and escapes on the Falcon. The rest of the movie plays out, but that's the last we see of the blue lightsaber. The next time it appears, Luke is hacking himself free from the Wampa's clutches at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.

My question is...how did he get it back? Did Darth Vader overnight it to Luke through UPS?

I have scoured the internet and found no mention of it. There is common consensus that it is the same lightsaber, so... Any ideas?

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    I don't see that as widely accepted. Obiwan is a Jedi with his own saber. The one Luke gets used to belong to Obiwan's padawan, Anakin.
    – kratenko
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 18:05
  • I did wonder this for a time when I first saw the films if it makes you feel any better.
    – ThruGog
    Commented Mar 14, 2016 at 19:57
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    I felt that my answer to this one was about as solid as it gets. Is there anything else you'd like me to add before considering an acceptance?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 13:17
  • Clearly... he used the force. ;) Commented Jul 25, 2016 at 19:14

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Luke's lightsaber/s

Luke uses the same lightsaber throughout the first two films in the Original Trilogy, the same one that Obi-Wan took from Anakin at the end of their duel in Revenge of the Sith and that Luke was then given in Ben's shack on Tatooine.

Eventually he loses it, along with his hand in a duel with Vader at the end of The Empire Strikes Back and constructs a second lightsaber sometime between the end of the second film and the start of the third.

The following images are from the Star Wars: Visual Dictionary. The first is labelled "Skywalker's Lightsaber", the latter "Luke's Second Lightsaber"

Two lightsabers used by Luke Skywalker, above the one given to him by Obi-Wan on Tatooine in A New Hope, which is silver, mostly cylindrical with radiator-type fins near the butt and some buttons near the beveled top. Below the one constructed by Luke before the start of Return of the Jedi, which is silver near the base with a raised rectangular section, then a stack of alternating black and silver bands, then a narrow copper-coloured throat before a wider silver base of the blade

Obi-Wan's lightsaber/s

Obi-Wan wields the same lightsaber throughout A New Hope, one that he constructed between the end of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and the start of the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show, evidently in honour of his becoming a Jedi Master.

Obi-Wan's lightsaber with a band of rectangular studs at the bottom, a cylindrical black section with a raised button, a silver barrel portion with a gold detail, a corrugated section in black and then narrow copper and black sections before the silver base of the blade Still of Obi-Wan, with medium-length brown beard and hair in Jedi garb, wielding his blue lightsaber

As an aside, you may wish to note that Obi-Wan's lightsaber evidently survived the duel with Darth Vader. While there is no further Disney-canon information about it, there's a rich seam of "Legends" stories that detail its fate, passing through several hands before finally ending up back in Luke's possession as part of his New Jedi Order.

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    Agreed. When Luke and C-3PO walk into the bar at Mos Eisley (when the bartender is like, "we don't serve their kind here") you can clearly see Luke with his daddy's lightsaber hanging from his belt. Shortly thereafter, somebody picks on Luke and Obi-wan slices off his arm...with his own lightsaber.
    – Xplodotron
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 18:15
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    Ok. Did not even consider the possibility that Obiwan has his own saber (duh). Just saw Kenobi using a blue lightsaber and figures it was the same. I now feel dumb for posting
    – compkd75
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 18:31
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    @compkd75 - There are no foolish questions if they lead you to a greater understanding of something you love.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 18:43
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    @Richard - Having watched the questions on this board for a while, I have to disagree. Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 19:20
  • "he constructed between the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the start of Revenge of the Sith" don't you mean "he constructed between the end of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and the start of Revenge of the Sith"? Kenobi used that saber during the whole clone wars cgi film and show.
    – RedCaio
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 19:27

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