What Do We Call The New Lightsaber? 8 Names From Across The Internet…


This is what happens when Star Wars nerds suddenly don’t know any more than normal humans about something Star Wars related.

Of course you know this but I have to say it anyway – NEWS FLASH: the new – and first – trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has been released. (If you have been hibernating for 72 hours and are yet to see it, scroll to the bottom of this post.)

4 Beautiful The Force Awakens iPhone Wallpapers

Ok. Now let’s get down to business.

The trailer had many big moments but one more significant than the rest. This moment:

Creepy Dark Sith Guy Wields New Scary Lightsaber
Creepy Dark Sith Guy Wields New Scary Lightsaber

The crazy new lightsaber design sent geeks worldwide, including me, on a panic trip. The streets were filled with frenzied men and women running around, screaming into their storm trooper helmets and Chewbacca masks:


It’s a fair point. Since the trailer’s release there has been an unspoken online fumbling between nerds as they stammer around different, mis-matched, hashed names for the new lightsaber.

It’s time for this to end. It’s time to agree on a name. Here is a selection of 8 I have harvested in the past 24 hours, with sources both reputable and less reputable.

Choose your favourite, and vote in the poll near the bottom.

Claymore Lightsaber

As seen on MovieWeb and Mashable, this name is simply a visual comparison between the lasers of the lightsaber and the sideways lasers on a claymore (a military weapon).

A claymore mine as represented in the Call of Duty gaming franchise.
A claymore mine as represented in the Call of Duty gaming franchise.

Crosshilt Lightsaber

Jeff Yang, Writer at the Wall Street Journal, gives it a more medieval twang.

Jeff Yang Original Spin CrossHilt Tweet

Crossbar Lightsaber

The Verge go for the simple and effective route…. Also sounds pretty cool.

Crossblade Lightsaber

The Mary Sue get blade in there instead of bar to give it a more foreboding tone.

Screenshot from themarysue.com
Screenshot from themarysue.com

Crossguard Lightsaber

One of the more widely-used names, as popularised by Buzzfeed and the Washington Post.

Screenshot from thewashingtonpost.com
Screenshot from thewashingtonpost.com

Broadsword Lightsaber

Vox and FirstShowing take the name back to what potentially inspired it.

Broadswords are a medieval sword with a similar protective hilt.
Broadswords are a medieval sword with a similar protective hilt.

Crucifix Lightsaber

The Daily Beast gives us a beastly title that rather fits the dark character wielding the weapon.

Screenshot from thedailybeast.com
Screenshot from thedailybeast.com

Triple-Bladed Lightsaber

A rather matter-of-fact title with no real creativity from Entertainment Weekly

Screenshot from insidemovies.ew.com
Screenshot from insidemovies.ew.com
So what’s your favourite? Got any better ones?
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