A lightsaber is a weapon also known as a laser sword.. A typical lightsaber is over a meter in length total, usually consisting of a metal hilt usually around 11 inches in length that projects a brightly-lit energy blade about three feet long though the length can usually be adjusted by a control on the side of the hilt. The lightsaber is the signature weapon of the Jedi Order and their Sith counterparts, both of whom can use them for close combat, or to deflect blaster bolts.
Lightsabers are hand-built as part of a Jedi’s or Sith’s training regimen. Each lightsaber is as unique as the one who built it, though some may bear resemblance to others like the ones used by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker. Lightsabers can be wielded either one-handed or two-handed. The Phantom Menace introduced a saber-staff essentially two lightsabers bound together at the pommels for Darth Maul, and Attack of the Clones introduced a lightsaber with a curved hilt, wielded by Darth Tyranus. Traditionally, there are 4 types of lightsabers: the shoto, which is used by Grand Master Yoda, the curved hilt, used by Count Dooku, the light club, which is used by Houks or other large Jedi, and the dual-phase lightsaber, which can extend to almost twice its length by alternating focus between two separate crystals inside.