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The double-bladed lightsaber, also called a saberstaff or lightstaff was a lightsaber variant that featured a blade emitted from both ends.

HistoryEdit

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Savage Opress wielded a double-bladed lightsaber.

The existence of double-bladed lightsabers dated back to the mythical Sith Lord Exar Kun of the Qel-Droma Epics.[3]

The Dathomirian Zabrak Sith Lord Darth Maul wielded a red double-bladed lightsaber he created himself, Savage Opress, Maul's brother, also wielded a red double-bladed lightsaber.[5]

Count Dooku's personal assassin and apprentice Asajj Ventress had a pair of curved-hilt lightsabers that could be joined together at the hilt into a single weapon by a locking mechanism becoming a double-bladed lightsaber.[4] This was a configuration known as a split saber, one that was also fielded by Jedi such as Cal Kestis.[7]

During the Clone Wars, Besalisk Jedi Master Pong Krell wielded dual hinged double-bladed lightsabers, one blue and one green-bladed, which could fold at the middle.[6] Jedi Master Jaro Tapal also utilized a saberstaff in battle.[7] The Jedi Temple Guard wielded a similar weapon, the yellow double-bladed lightsaber pike.[12]

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Pong Krell wielding dual hinged double-bladed lightsabers.

The Imperial Inquisitors, dark side adepts tasked at identifying and hunting down Jedi following Order 66, fought using their unique version of the weapon. Their red double-bladed spinning lightsaber could also be used as a regular single-bladed lightsaber.[10]

In 3 BBY,[source?] Maul wielded another double-bladed lightsaber.[13] Decades later, while searching for the wayfinder on Kef Bir in 35 ABY, Rey fought a vision of herself as a Sith. In the vision, her dark side counterpart wielded a hinged double-bladed lightsaber with red blades.[14]

Behind the scenesEdit

The double-bladed lightsaber first appeared in the Star Wars canon in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[1] It was originally conceived by writer Tom Veitch and artist Christian Gossett for the Star Wars Legends comic book series Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi.[15] Gossett has said he thought of lightsabers as the personal "honor weapons" of the Jedi, and would be more customized to suit personal preference rather than standardized for all.[16]

During the development of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, screenwriter Michael Arndt became really interested in the motif of "fire and ice" and wanted to have one character wielding a double-bladed lightsaber, with one side red and the other blue.[17]

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Lightsabers
Combat:
Duel · Form Zero · Jar'Kai · Whirlwind of Destiny
Forms:
I (Shii-Cho) · II (Makashi) · III (Soresu) · IV (Ataru) · V (Shien / Djem So) · VI (Niman) · VII (Juyo / Vaapad)
Techniques
Cho mai · Cho sun · Dulon · Mou kei · Sai cha · Sai tok · Shiim · Sun djem · Velocities
Variations:
Broadsaber · Cane lightsaber · Contained energy axe · Crossguard lightsaber · Curved-hilt lightsaber · Darksaber · Double-bladed lightsaber (Double-bladed spinning lightsaber) (Hinged double-bladed lightsaber) · Dual-phase lightsaber · Great lightsaber · Guard shoto · Lightfoil · Lightwhip · Lightsaber pike · Lightsaber pistol · Lightsaber rifle · Proto-saber · Shoto lightsaber · Sith lightsaber · Split saber · Training lightsaber
Lightsaber-resistant materials:
Armorweave · Beskar · Cortosis · Phrik · Zillo Beast
Technology:
Blade emitter · Diatium power cell · Kyber crystal · Pommel cap
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