Elegant weapons for a more civilized age

Published 9:36 AM ET, Fri December 11, 2015
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Kylo Ren's lightsaber from "The Force Awakens" is surely an unorthodox design. The smaller blades are not technically crossguards, but simply power vents. courtesy Disney
Luke Skywalker attempts to master the lightsaber. From Lucasfilm
Lightsaber colors are determined by the different types of crystals at their core.
Actors dressed as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker have a lightsaber battle during an exhibition is Australia. Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Star Wars fans Alain Bloch and Matthew Carauddo founded the Golden Gate Knights in 2011 to teach classes on how to safely wield a lightsaber and perform choreographed moves. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Students hold up their lightsabers during a Golden Gate Knights class in saber choreography in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
"The Force Awakens" cast member John Boyega wearing a Stormtrooper helmet to disguise his identity engages a unknowing fan in a lightsaber dual during the kick-off event of Disney's Star Wars Celebration 2015. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
John Boyega poses with a lightsaber at the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' fan event at the Roppongi Hills on December 10, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. Christopher Jue/Getty Images AsiaPac
A performer dressed as the Star Wars character Galen Marek, brandishes a lightsaber during the unofficial Star Wars convention, 'For the Love of the Force,' in Manchester, northern England on December 4, 2015. OLI SCARFF/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Characters wielding lightsabers take to the stage to promote Star Wars The Old Republic at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) press conference leading up to opening day of the 2009 E3 Expo on June 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
U.S. President Barack Obama fences with Olympic Fencer Tim Morehouse with a lightsaber. JIM WATSON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images