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The double-bladed lightsaber or saberstaff 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.[10]

The Dathomirian Zabrak Sith Lord Darth Maul wielded a red saberstaff he created himself, Savage Opress, Maul's brother, also wielded a red double-bladed lightsaber.[4]

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.[3]

During the Clone Wars, Besalisk Jedi Master Pong Krell wielded two twin double-bladed lightsabers, one blue and one green-bladed, which could fold at the middle.[5] The Jedi Temple Guard wielded a similar weapon, the yellow double-bladed lightsaber pike.[11]

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.[8]

In 3 BBY,[source?] Maul wielded another double-bladed lightsaber.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

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