In Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, when Darth Maul kills Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi starts a saber duel with Darth Maul, and Darth Maul uses a force push on Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan hangs on that deep and dark big pipe. Then, Darth Maul kicks Kenobi's lightsaber into that hole. After that, Obi-Wan uses Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber to defeat Darth maul.

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My questions are:

  1. Where Is Obi-Wan's lightsaber? Does he build a new one or retrieve it from somewhere like from bottom of that big pipe or etc.?
  2. What about Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber? Where is it?
  • Don't say Hole or big pipe.. It was a Pit.
    – user931
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 17:31

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The answer I've provided is based on Wookieepedia articles (linked in text) and my recollection of the G-canon material.


This wiki article states that Obi-wan constructs a new Lightsaber after his first one is kicked down the melting pit (the big pipe you mention), which suggests that he does not recover his original lightsaber.

As such, my answer to this is that he built a new one and that the first one is left at the bottom of the pit.


As for Qui-gon Jinn's lightsaber, it was used briefly by Obi-Wan Kenobi following the events of The Phantom Menace, but only until he had time and opportunity to construct a new one. After that, its fate is unknown.

Note: There has been some speculation that Kenobi brought Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber with him to Tatooine, where it remained until Luke Skywalker came back to construct his second lightsaber, following the events of Empire Strikes Back. This article, however, disputes this.

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    If you were wondering where Qui-gon's saber was pre-hacking of Darth Maul, it was lying on the ground near Qui-gon's body.
    – ruckus
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 17:02
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    Also, I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that Padewans are given "training sabers" so to speak. One of the final steps to becoming a Jedi Knight is to construct your own lightsaber.
    – Ryan Perry
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 20:21
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    @RyanPerry - Younglings are given training sabers. When you're ready to construct your own Lightsaber, you're ready to become a Padawan Learner (usually around the age of 13).
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 22:29

That "big pipe" was in fact a melting pit. The implication is that in the centre of the pit...erm...stuff gets melted. Since Obi-Wan's original lightsaber went into the pit, we can assume it was destroyed.

The struggle took them around the edge of the melting pit and into the nooks and alcoves beyond, into shadowed recesses and around smoky pillars and pipe housings. Twice, Obi-Wan went down, losing his footing on the smooth flooring of the melting pit’s rim. Once, Darth Maul hammered at him with such determination that he scorched the young Jedi’s tunic, shoulder to waist, and it was only by countering with an upthrust counterstrike to the other’s midsection and by rolling quickly away and back to his feet that Obi-Wan was able to escape. - Phantom Menace - Official Novelisation

Sometime before the start of Attack of the Clones (some 10+ years later), Obi-Wan stopped using Qui-Gon's lightsaber and constructed a second lightsaber of his own, identical to the first.

As to where the real prop went, Liam Neeson apparently has it.

"Before we started shooting, George showed up with a huge gilded box. In it were lightsabers, and he asked me to pick one. I chose one, and he said, 'That's yours now.' It was quite a moment. And I did get to keep it — it was mounted for me at the end of the film. I was thrilled."

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    this answer was right at the time. but we've learned that not everything that fell into the pit was destroyed... so perhaps the saber survived?
    – LevenTrek
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 18:44

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