10. Tera Sinube’s Sabercane
The ancient Cosian Jedi Master Tera Sinube might seem deceptively weak to the casual observer; however, the elderly Jedi not only defies his age, he uses it to his advantage, making his opponents underestimate his abilities. Sinube used his immense knowledge and detective skills to assist then-Padawan Ahsoka Tano find her stolen lightsaber among the denizens of the Coruscant underworld.
Sinube’s lightsaber captures this element of his personality. It turns out that he carries his lightsaber blade hidden in plain sight on his person always, concealed withint his cane. In combat, Sinube can use the element of surprise and gain the upper hand by choosing when and where to reveal his weapon, a pale blue blade. The cane sheath, too, can be used as a nonlethal weapon to knock out an opponent, which is an option that Sinube utilizes in order to apprehend the lightsaber thief Cassie Cryar and return Ahsoka’s lightsaber.
9. Kylo Ren’s lightsaber
Kylo Ren’s crossguarded lightsaber stirred some positive and negative reactions from Star Wars fans when it debuted in the trailer and other promotional material for J. J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). It generated enough of a debate that talk show host Stephen Colbert had a whole segment where he explained in detail his theory on how the blade’s crossguards were powered by the same kyber crystal as the main blade. Despite some skeptics, this lightsaber blade helped to revitalize the Star Wars fanbase.
The Visual Dictionary aligned with Colbert’s fan theory, expanding on it and explaining the blade’s properties in greater detail. As it turns out, the vents were necessary structurally to dispel excess heat, since the weapon was constructed with a damaged kyber crystal. Ren built the weapon himself, modelling off of an antique design. The lightsaber’s crackling red blade emulates both Ren’s power and his own emotional intensity and instability.
8. Darth Maul’s lightsaber
Darth Maul’s double-bladed lightsaber marked the first of its kind to be seen on screen when it appeared in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999). In Star Wars Legends, Exar Kun’s double-bladed lightsaber first appeared in Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith in 1994. A number of creative and unique lightsaber designs have appeared in the Star Wars universe, but the fan enthusiasm around Maul’s character and lightsaber was in many ways a catalyst to encourage special lightsaber designs.
Darth Maul’s lightsaber had a long handle with separate controls for each crimson blade, making it so that one or both blades could be activated at any given time. When Maul’s lightsaber was cut in half, the remaining blade was still fully functional. The book Star Wars in 100 Scenes (which, given its 2014 release date, is considered Star Wars canon) notes that the lightsaber is based off of a Zhaboka, a weapon traditional to Maul’s species, the Zabrak. Other double-bladed lightsabers, then, in our universe and in the universe of Star Wars, are indebted to Darth Maul.