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Obi-Wan Kenobi's Lightsabers

May 19, 2021 5 min read

Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsabers

Contrary to the popular belief that each Star Wars character has had only one lightsaber, some escape the rule. This is notably the case of Obi-Wan Kenobi who crossed the blade of his 3 lightsabers with several of his enemies like Darth Vader, Asajj Ventress or Count Dooku for example. In any case, changing equipment will not have made him any less of a hero.

The perilous situations Obi-Wan had to face led him to have to rebuild his weapon more than once. The loss of his saber forced him to recreate one twice to avoid finding himself empty-handed against his opponents.

We've explored the four corners of the galaxy to trace the history of Obi-Wan's lightsabers. With one of the series' protagonists having a strong connection to Obi-Wan, you'll find that certain legacies are passed down through the lightsaber. Get ready to discover (or rediscover) this Jedi's past and the lightsabers that made him a winner in many battles.

Obi-Wan's First Lightsaber

Obi-Wan's First Lightsaber and Qui Gon Jinn's Lightsaber

Like the other two, this lightsaber built by Obi-Wan Kenobi and first appeared in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace has a blue plasma blade. It is a symbol of seriousness and courage. Concerning the handle, we notice quite quickly that it is similar to that of his master Qui-Gon Jinn. This is no coincidence, if Obi-Wan was inspired by the handle his mentor had built, it was to honor him when he was a Padawan. This is a Jedi tradition that shows the apprentice's deep respect for his master who guides him.

It is noticeable that he has retained the same gray and black hilt from Qui-Gon Jinn's weapon. However, Obi-Wan seems to have made a thicker and more advanced saber by looking at the additional features. The presence of a control knob to act on the intensity and length of the blade as well as a spare energy cell in the form of a sphere are proof of this (among others).

It should also be noted that during the time Obi-Wan wielded his first lightsaber, it was in the IV Ataru form. This is one of the primordial forms considered to be the Way of Aggression (or Way of the Falcon). It relies on the sequence of movements and speed to deliver highly offensive and repeated blows.

There are many jumps and acrobatic movements of all kinds. However, mastering this form requires a lot of endurance. It would seem that this was not a problem for Obi-Wan.

Obi-Wan Kenobi's Lightsaber Fight

On the other hand, there is a problem that Obi-Wan encountered with this lightsaber. Indeed, during the Naboo Blockade, he and Qui-Gon Jinn went on a mission and everything did not go as planned... It was while trying to dodge battle droids that our dear Jedi was forced to camouflage himself in a pool of water. Then, as he emerged from the water, he realized that his lightsaber was temporarily unable to function. After that, he vowed to fix this problem for the future of his combat equipment.

Although Obi-Wan Kenobi fought several times with his lightsaber during the first film, there is one duel that will be the last for this weapon. Indeed, when Darth Maul under the orders of Palpatine fights against Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan, he kills the Jedi master and then sends the Padawan's lightsaber into an abyssal hole on Naboo. Fortunately for him, he will retrieve his mentor's lightsaber through the power of the force to deliver a death blow to the Sith and defeat Darth Maul's legendary dual lightsaber.

Obi-Wan's lightsaber thrown by Darth Maul

Obi-Wan's Second Lightsaber

Obi-Wan's second lightsaber (still blue) has a similar look to the previous one to extend the mark of respect he showed to Qui-Gon Jinn. This again reflects the dedication and commitment Obi-Wan Kenobi has always shown to his master. The design is so similar to the previous one that some theories claimed the Jedi had retrieved the discarded weapon on Naboo.

Obi-Wan Kenobi's Second Lightsaber

We will learn in the Obi-Wan & Anakin comic book that its initial use was during the mission on Carnelion IV, 3 years after having lost his original lightsaber. In the first trilogy, the lightsaber is wielded in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. At that time, Obi-Wan has become a Jedi Knight and has recently taken Anakin Skywalker as a student.

To learn more about the life of Obi-Wan's second lightsaber, we recommend the excellent series Obi-Wan & Anakin

Obi-Wan & Anakin Comics

This time, Obi-Wan Kenobi will abandon the IV Ataru form to make way for the III Soresu form. This defensive fighting style is based primarily on the execution of parries. Some see this form as an expression of a peaceful dueling style. Obi-Wan chose this form because he believes that the protective aspect of this form was what his master needed to avoid being pierced by Darth Maul.

When Obi-Wan built this lightsaber, he learned from his previous mistakes and adjusted the weapon's waterproof aspect. This was confirmed when he fought Boba Fett on the planet Kamino. As the fight raged in the rain and the lightsaber fell into puddles, it would have been unusable. However, this is not the case when Obi-Wan sees Boba Fett fleeing in the ship as he pulls out the beam of his lightsaber without difficulty. This nod to the previous episode proves that the Jedi Obi-Wan has been able to improve and fill in the gaps in the weapon with additional options.

Obi-Wan against Boba Fett

Like his first lightsaber, he will lose it to an antagonist before the battle on the planet Geonosis. This time it was Count Dooku who commandeered Obi-Wan's lightsaber after capturing it. The relic was never returned to the Jedi Knight... Unable to fight naked, the Jedi Nicanas Tassu will pass a replacement lightsaber to Obi-Wan so that he can participate in the beginning of the Clone Wars.

Obi-Wan's Third Lightsaber

So Obi-Wan Kenobi set out to make one last lightsaber with a blue Kyber crystal once again. By this time, he had already become a Jedi Master. The ultimate weapon will first appear in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and will intrigue the public because of its unusual appearance.

Obi-Wan's Third Lightsaber

The Jedi we know finally turned the page and moved on, making a lightsaber that this time didn't look like Qui-Gon Jinn's. The hilt is notched and is followed by a thinner golden part that widens before giving way to a silver tip: the emitter of the light blade.

Obi-Wan's final lightsaber will have been wielded during his 19 years on the planet Tatooine and then until he was shot by Darth Vader... The latter will take it with him to Vjun and place it in the Castle of Bast that he had built. Ben Kenobi's lightsaber was arranged by the Sith Lord as a trophy inside the palace.

Obi-Wan versus General Grievous

One of the mythical scenes in which Obi-Wan was able to prove the power of this weapon is none other than his fight where he resisted alone against the 4 lightsabers of General Grievous. We can also note that this is the only saber that has been in the hands of both actors Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor.

Finally, Obi-Wan's Padawan, Luke Skywalker, will use his master's last model as inspiration for his second lightsaber. Just as Obi-Wan had done to honor the tutor who once trained him. The legacy continues, and the Jedi traditions are carried on from generation to generation...

If you had a soft spot for Obi-Wan's latest lightsaber, we recommend our Original Stellar model. As you can see, it was inspired by the design of Luke and Obi-Wan's sabers. So it's sure to enhance your collection and satisfy you if you're looking for a fictional weapon that looks just like Master Kenobi :

Stellar Lightsaber inspired by Obi-Wan

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