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The hinged double-bladed lightsaber was a double-bladed lightsaber variant that featured a hinge in the center of the hilt. It folded for easier stowage and one or both blades could be activated while the weapon was collapsed, the parallel blades being able to trap the blade of another lightsaber. Some Jedi Temple Guards carried this style of lightsaber, as did Jedi Wayseeker Orla Jareni and Jedi General Pong Krell, who owned two of them.

Description[]

Hinged double-bladed lightsabers were effectively two single-blade lightsabers joined together by a hinge at their pommels. This allowed for greater portability while being carried on a user's belt. Wielders could activate one[3] or both blades while the weapon was still folded, with the parallel blades being able to trap the blade of another lightsaber.[5]

History[]

Hinged double-bladed lightsabers had a history with the Jedi Order. Some members of the Jedi Temple Guard were known to wield such lightsabers,[6] in addition to the Guard's lightsaber pikes. All Temple Guard lightabers were yellow-bladed and identical in design.[7] During the High Republic Era, Umbaran Jedi Wayseeker Orla Jareni owned a hinged double-bladed lightsaber.[8]

Pong Krell wielding dual hinged double-bladed lightsabers.

During the Clone Wars, Jedi General Pong Krell's four-armed Besalisk anatomy allowed him to wield two hinged double-bladed lightsabers, one with blue blades, and the other with green blades.[3]

In 3 BBY,[9] while venturing into the Lothal Jedi Temple, Kanan Jarrus experienced a Force vision that featured several Jedi Temple Guards – including the Grand Inquisitor – wielding such weapons.[6]

In 35 ABY,[10] while searching for the wayfinder on Kef Bir, Rey fought a vision of herself as a Sith. In the vision, her dark side counterpart wielded a hinged double-bladed lightsaber with unstable red blades.[5]

Behind the scenes[]

"Pong Krell['s] lightsaber design introduces something new to the Jedi arsenal. Though double-ended lightsabers had been seen before—most famously wielded by Darth Maul—Krell's are hinged, allowing him to more easily stow them on his belt."
―"Carnage of Krell" Trivia Gallery on StarWars.com[src]

The hinged double-bladed lightsaber of Rey's vision

Hinged double-bladed lightsabers first appeared in "Darkness on Umbara," the seventh episode in the fourth season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series,[3] which first aired on October 28, 2011.[11]

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Notes and references[]

  1. StarWars.com A New Jedi Revealed and More from Star Wars: The High Republic Show on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
  3. StarWars-DatabankII.png Kyber Crystal (Lightsaber Crystal) in the Databank (backup link) ("At the heart of every Jedi lightsaber is a kyber crystal...")
  4. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  5. 6.0 6.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness"
  6. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
  7. The High Republic: Into the Dark
  8. According to StarWars.com Star Wars Rebels Returns...with Princess Leia on StarWars.com (backup link), "A Princess on Lothal" is "set roughly three years before the events of A New Hope. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of A New Hope to 0 BBY, "A Princess on Lothal" must take place in 3 BBY. Because Dawn of Rebellion states the events of "The Mystery of Chopper Base" occur three years before the Battle of Yavin, it takes place in 3 BBY. Since "Shroud of Darkness" is between these two episodes, its events, which include the vision of the hinged lightsaber, must also be set in 3 BBY.
  9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker occur thirty-five years after the Battle of Yavin. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Yavin to 0 BBY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker, which includes the vision of the hinged lightsaber, must occur in 35 ABY.
  10. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide
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