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Story of the Lightsaber: Lightsaber Past, Present and Colors!

Updated on January 6, 2016

...or Lightsaber History

Who of you doesn't know the Lightsaber?

The Lightsaber doesn't exist, but it is the most famous weapon in the history of the movie industry. Having said that, its just normal you want to gather more info about this iconic item.

This hub will make you comprehend the history of the lightsaber, its variations, and a lot of fun trivia facts.

Have fun reading, and may the Force be with you...

How to Build a Lightsaber

Well, this is a very long story indeed. The lightsaber, as you must have guessed, isn't so simple inside. I'll say that the three more important pieces are the lens, the focusing crystal and the power cell.

All of the components differ in their properties, and you can check the full guide on how to build a Lightsaber on a page I've created specifically for that - How to Build a Lightsaber

Obs - In case you are wondering, the image above is Cannon, you can find it in lots of official places and its use is free. Try wookiepedia.

Why are Sith always wearing Red Sabers?

Well, the truth is they don't just wear red sabers - they wear all colors, but they most use red sabers, that is true.

It's easy to explain really. The Jedi have a ritual, the padawan's sabers must be built by them, and they go fetch their own crystals in the wild. As you must know, the crystal is what gives color to the lightsaber, blue crystals yield blue blades, green make green sabers etc...

So depending on the crystal, the color changes. But, because crystals became increasingly scarce, lightsaber crystals began beeing synthetized. Problem is, synthetized crystals only have one color - RED.

So, as the Sith don't have that ritual, and because they favor the easy way, they began using the synthetized crystals.

They also like that their foe's know they are Sith just by brandishing them.

The Lightsaber Colors

There are a vast array of colors. Some of them include:

Yellow: Yellow Lightsabers are usually worn by Jedi Sentinels. They symbolize dexterity, alertness.

Blue: Blue Lightsabers are worn by Jedi Guardians. They symbolize honor and good deeds. You can see one of these at the hands of Luke Skywalker.

Green: Green Lightsabers are worn by Jedi Consulars. They symbolize wisdom and intelligence. You can find one with Yoda.

Red: Red Lightsabers are usually worn by the Sith. They represent raw power and most of the times raw spirit. Find one at the hands of Darth Vader.

Purple: Purple Sabers are a different kind of saber. People don't usually see them this way, but the truth is they are associated to the dark side. Many purple saber bearer's slowly fell to the dark side. The crystals are hard to get. It symbolizes vanity and a grey personality. You can find one at Mace Windu's hands.

Black: There is one black saber in the galaxy... one of immense power, untold abilities. Its utterly dangerous and I won't even dare to speak of it. You can find it at the hands of Pre Viszla.

See the real thing...

The Saber that Luke wields in A New Hope is currently on display at the National Firearms Museum (Virginia, United States)

If you are from the USA you have to go there for me, as Portugal, as Lucas would have said it, it is far far away.

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The Protosaber: History of the Lightsaber!

A Protosaber Duel
A Protosaber Duel

Before Lightsabers became fueled by power cells, their ancestors - the Protosabers - had to be fueled by a battery the users would carry around like a backpack and, with new technology developments, through the battery packs that were used on a side holster like we see in the picture above.

This imperfect design made it so that one popular target on a duel was the protosaber's cord, because once the cord was cut there was no more blade and the duel was won or lost - depending on which of the fighters you look at.

Of course, this whole concept evolved from Vibrosword, passing to protosaber and then light saber, so when you're seeing them in the films know that they are cutting edge technology with its own ancestors and past forms as a backstory that shows us that the world of Star Wars wasn't always this glamorous.

Want to know more about the Lightsaber's History?

Lightsaber as a Prop: The Most Iconic Weapon of the History of Movies!

Memorable, Powerful, Valuable: We Thank You!

As we think about Lightsabers, we think about movies and the movie industry, and if we have learned one thing is that our passion for movie items and memorabilia increase the value of those apparently worthless movie props - either because we love the props or just the people behind them, props achieve huge numbers in value on auctions and private sales.

Monetary value isn't everything, and though Lightsaber hilts were sold by hefty sums, the real value on this prop is that what it represents - the Lightsaber - became the most iconic weapon in the Movies Industry, and that's no small feat because there are bows, staffs, rods, wands and swords that definitely envy the position.

Whoever invented this amazing concept, we are forever grateful, and it's because the weapon is so amazing that we stack Lightsaber replicas on our fanboy caves.


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    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      6 years ago from Torres Novas

      The Black one is the rarest. It has got awesome properties too. Many people don't know it exists, as there are few references to it.

    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      6 years ago from Torres Novas

      Well, I'm Portuguese so its understandable.

    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      6 years ago from Torres Novas

      Yes... well I collect real life swords, and I find this fantasy one awesome!

    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      6 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks pipmistress. I'm glad you liked the article!

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      6 years ago from Qatar

      awesome article I enjoy reading this! voted up!

    • Anjili profile image


      6 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      I'm impressed by your knowledge of this gadget we only see in movies and games. Thanks for the share

    • Citizen Aku profile image

      Citizen Aku 

      6 years ago from the Black Lagoon

      The grammar's a bit off, but the information is good. The bit about synthetic crystals is a nice touch.

    • wkhigley profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice Hub. I hadn't heard of the black one before.

    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      6 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      Glad you liked the article

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      Domenick Dicce 

      6 years ago

      That was a fun and unique article. The Blue Ray edition of Return of the jedi has Luke building his new lightsaber.

      It is 35 seconds in...


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