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This question always kept coming to my mind. Why don't they use double light saber to their advantage ?

*Double light saber or Double Blade light saber*

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Is it definite that it would be an advantage? I know its not an entirely fair comparison as a lightsaber can be turned off for carrying, but how many double ended swords are you aware of? I think its possibly difficult to use and even more dangerous to the wielder than a conventional saber. – iandotkelly Jun 9 '13 at 15:23
Check out some similar questions on SciFi.SE:… and…. Some of the answers there give good insight on the relative advantages and disadvantages of saberstaves. – Avner Shahar-Kashtan Jun 9 '13 at 19:38

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Each Jedi uses a lightsaber that works for their own preferences. For instance, Asoka Tano (in The Clone Wars) handled a lightsaber differently than most Jedi.

She originally used "a reverse Shien style grip." And later "she crafted a shoto" to use with it. (The "Shien" grip is holding the lightsaber so the blade is on the side of the hand with the little finger, instead of with the thumb, as is usually seen.)

The Jedi recognize a number of types of lightsaber combat and each Jedi will work with a style and grip and lightsaber that works best for them.

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Just an addition: also Palpatine in "Revenge of the Sith" handles his ("classic") lightsaber differently, rather pushing (foil) than cutting (with a sword). – Voitcus Jan 23 '14 at 12:25

Every difference in the configuration—even the length of the saber—produces a different set of advantages and disadvantages. A double light saber has the distinct tradeoff that pointing one end toward the opponent risks the other end hitting yourself.

Likewise, a single saber of say 20 feet length instead of the usual five or so would be a disadvantage in close quarters: striking the ceiling, walls, etc., causing structure side effects as well as draining energy from the weapon as well as the user.

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An additional thing to the answers above mine, a double lightsaber has less control and requires a lot of spinning. If handled correctly, it is fierce and offensive, and can be hard to defend against. But the downside of this fighting style is that there are less options/moves to manoeuver with; since you don't wanna hit yourself with the other end (like wallyk said). With that also comes the fact that when spinning, there are also gaps/openings in your defence that a fast enough opponent can use to his advantage.

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Jedi have used saber staffs before, but they don't prefer it considering that most are based on an ancient sith design.Satele Shan

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A double-bladed lightsaber (saberstaff) isn't an inherently Sith design, but has been long associated with them. One of the reasons that not very many Jedi use it is because it is an exotic weapon that only a few can teach (according to The Jedi Path). It also depends on the preferred style of Jedi. Count Dooku, while a Sith, used a saber with a bent hilt to enhance saber to saber combat. As poepje said, saberstaff maneuvers generally include a lot of spinning, but this doesn't mean there are gaps in the defence. In Dynasty of Evil, Darth Bane's apprentice, Darth Zannah, uses a saberstaff to defend against Bane's brute force, creating a nearly impervious defense.

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