Qui-Gon Jinn is undoubtedly a key character in the Star Wars saga. As Obi – Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Master, his teachings and vision played a significant role in the training of young Luke Skywalker. But what fascinated me most about this character was his mastery of the Force and his famous lightsaber, which saved the day for many a Jedi.
A look back at the history of this weapon that has served many a purpose.
The beginnings of Qui-Gon Jinn’s green lightsaber
Qui-Gon will have only one weapon in his life: his famous green lightsaber. He worked on it under the supervision of Jedi Master Dooku at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant at the start of his training. It is estimated that his saber was made before his mission with Obi-Wan to Pijal, i.e. before 40 BBY. He didn’t part with it until his death, following his battle with Darth Maul at Noboo.
The special features of Qui-Gon Jinn’s lightsaber
Qui-Gon’s weapon is a single-bladed lightsaber. It features a 28.5 cm black and gray cylindrical handle made of metal alloy, and a green blade. A very common color among Jedi masters.
Qui-Gon, like the vast majority of Force adepts – whether on the dark or light side, uses a Kyber crystal in his saber. But the most distinctive feature of this weapon is undoubtedly its lightning-fast blade deployment. Indeed, unlike the classic single-energy-cell saber, the Jedi master has taken care to integrate several energy cells into his weapon. A touch that gives you a significant advantage in combat.
Why is Qui-Gon Jinn’s lightsaber green?
Qui-Gon was a follower of the Living Force, an aspect of the force that feeds on living beings. So the fact that his gun is green isn’t all that surprising. In fact, in addition to the crystal making up the weapon that can bring out this color, Jedi wielding a green saber advocate wisdom and avoid violence wherever possible. These include Master Yoda and Luke Skywalker with his second lightsaber.
Qui-Gon Jinn’s lightsaber: a legacy not forgotten
Even if Qui-Gon Jinn succumbs to Noboo, his saber will not be forgotten. Indeed, his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi would use it to kill Darth Maul in the same battle that killed his master.
Yoda and Obi-Wan then gave the saber to Anakin Skywalker as a legacy from the man who could have been his master. It won’t be long before he can build his own weapon. Qui-Gon Jinn’s lightsaber will then be stored at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant until the Great Jedi Purge.
Indeed, before the temple was taken by the Empire, Kenobi seized his master’s weapon. He’ll carry it with him on his next adventures. Proof of the great respect he has for his mentor.
Qui-Gon Jinn’s saber: a weapon that inspired many
Qui-Gon Jinn’s weapon may be unique, but it has inspired a great many people. Indeed, one of the oldest Jedi traditions respected by young Padawans is to perpetuate the look of their master’s saber for their own. This shows the apprentice’s respect for his mentor.
In keeping with this tradition, Obi-Wan Kenobi has always adopted the shape and colors of his master’s saber handle for his own. Luke Skywalker, also paying homage to his master, will use Obi-Wan’s saber for his own.