- "I've carried this blade with me since before I left my homeworld, Iskalon. Well, by the School, let it serve me well today."
The origin of the sword had been lost to antiquity. The concept of a bladed weapon with a basic hilt had been found in a huge variety of cultures, and existed in a multitude of forms. Uses included military, religious and ceremonial applications. Over the millennia, this basic weapon type had been improved and altered due to changing technologies, alloys, and even fighting styles. The result being numerous incarnations of short swords, heavy broad swords, agile rapiers, double-bladed swords, and even vibroswords of many types which utilized an ultrasonic-vibration technology to improve cutting efficiency. The sword was doubtlessly the conceptual precursor to the lightsaber, yet both have continued to exist contemporaneously as the unique characteristics of the lightsaber preclude universal use or construction.
Material and use
Sword variations utilized a wide range of materials, alloys, crystals, minerals, even bone, the goal being to produce sharper or harder blades, therefore able to do more damage and maintain their cutting edge. Powered swords, implementing vibration technology, decreased the coefficient of friction of their blades and thus were more dangerous. Many swords, particularly after the creation of the lightsaber, were designed laced with or composed of exotic materials such as cortosis, phrik, or obsidian enabling the wielder to engage and block a lightsaber blade. Regular swords were made out of metal (such as durasteel, or others), plasteel, or highly bonded poly-layered ceramics.
The ubiquitous existence of the sword resulted in their use by many Sith and Jedi alike, even after the creation of the lightsaber. Ludo Kressh was one such Sith who used a sword as opposed to a lightsaber. Kressh's war sword was double-bladed, and, like a double-bladed lightsaber, was very dangerous to use. Naga Sadow used a Sith sword. In the battles in and around Iziz on Onderon during the Freedon Nadd Uprising, swords were used as melee weapons by members of both sides of the conflict. In fact, an ancient Sith battle droid severed Cay Qel-Droma's cybernetic arm, using a sword; towards the conclusion of the same conflict the spirit of Freedon Nadd presented Satal and Aleema Keto with two ancient Sith swords. In more modern times it has generally been the Sith or Dark Jedi who have used swords. The modern Jedi considered Swords to be "barbaric" in comparison to their signature weapon, yet some Sith are known to have preferred the more visceral feel of metal cutting flesh as contrasted to a blade of energy cleanly cutting and cauterizing.
Sith blades were often a cortosis alloy to protect them against lightsaber sparring damage. A pure cortosis blade, made of pure cortosis ore, also had the ability to cause lightsabers to short out for a small period of time on contact. The unique properties of this material in its pure and alloyed forms made it sought after, yet pure cortosis ore was a poor choice for standard swords as the blade was not very durable.
Although an ancient weapon type by the time the Galactic Empire rose to power, swords still saw use. Despite the proliferation of blaster technology the Sanyassans were known to use swords during the Galactic Civil War. Mustafar bandit swords were another more modern variation, and other swords were used by cultures, species, assorted martial arts and combat forms, and military organizations throughout the galaxy. For instance, after the fall of the Galactic Empire, Kiro, a Chuhkyvi who served the Alliance of Free Planets during the Nagai crisis, used a sword from his homeworld during the Skirmish on Kinooine to dispose of several Nagai soldiers.
- Short sword
- Sith sword
- Sith Tremor Sword
- Toydarian ceremonial sword
- Vibro double-blade