«When assembled, this particular lightsaber could be used in one of two modes: crescent or disc. In crescent setting, it would produce a single blade. When used as a disc, a second blade would appear—and do tremendous damage if spun around at any speed. It was a terrifying weapon when it was intact.»
Dok-Ondar, to Karr Nuq Sin on a broken Inquisitor lightsaber he owned[4]

The double-bladed spinning lightsaber, also known as the double-bladed Inquisitorius lightsaber, or simply as the Inquisitor lightsaber, was a specially-designed lightsaber model used by the Inquisitorius, a group of dark side adepts who enforced the will of the Galactic Empire. It was capable of both single and double blades, and was capable of spinning in a circular motion when both blades were emitted. Known wielders of this model included the Grand Inquisitor, Barriss Offee, the Second Sister, the Third Sister, the Fourth Sister, the Fifth Brother, the Sixth Brother, the Seventh Sister, the Eighth Brother, the Ninth Sister, the Thirteenth Sister, Tualon Yaluna, Marrok, a masked Inquisitor, Jerserra and her Imperial master.

Mechanics and specifications[]


"Some double-bladed lightsabers could be detached to create two individual weapons, while others, like those used by Imperial Inquisitors, had blades that were designed to rotate freely around their hilt."
Luke Skywalker[5]
Grand Inquisitor on Daiyu

The Grand Inquisitor wielding his double-bladed spinning lightsaber

The lightsaber's overall design hardly made it any bigger than a single-emitter lightsaber,[6] a stark contrast to the design of dual-bladed weapons previously used by warriors such as Darth Maul.[7] Another unique feature of this weapon was that the blade emitters would spin along tracks in the disc while the hilt would remain stationary in relation, allowing for more emphasis on the attack whilst maintaining a better degree of control over the weapon.[6]

The lightsabers of the Third Sister[8] and the Sixth Brother were split sabers that could separate into two single-bladed lightsabers.[9] Some versions of the lightsaber also contained a rotating wheel of sharp razor blades which could intimidate an enemy or be used as an alternative way of slicing through opponents. Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger's hand was almost sliced off when the Eighth Brother used this feature.[6] The buzz-saw mechanism appeared in place of the hinges on the emitter rails of other Inquisitors' lightsabers, disallowing the Eighth Brother from folding the guard into a crescent shape.[6]

It could also be used to fly,[10] but only by Force-sensitives,[11] combining micro repulsorlifts with the blades' spinning in a propeller-like motion to lift the wielder off the ground.[10] This was often used as a method of escape, particularly from combat.[6]


As was custom with the Jedi and Sith, the lightsabers used by the Inquisitorius shown variation in the weapon's design while maintaining core features.[12] The rings of the blades featured some variation in their shape between the different Inquisitors. Some also featured Aurebesh writing on their rings.[10]

Tenth Brother wielded two red shoto lightsabers that shared heavy design elements with the double-bladed spinning lightsaber.[13]


The weapon suffered from a number of design flaws: if given the opening, an opponent could cut through the disc from the inside or outside of the ring, causing the weapon to fly apart if spinning.[14] The ringed emitter also presented a larger target for a disarming move, and should the emitter be damaged it affected the lightsaber's ability to function properly. This was demonstrated by the Fifth and Eighth Brothers when facing Ahsoka Tano, Kanan Jarrus, and Maul in a confrontation on Malachor; both times, their opponents targeted the emitter and damaged it, which led to both their deaths shortly afterwards.[6]

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Tualon Yaluna and the Thirteenth Sister with their lightsabers drawn

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