What makes a good lightsaber name?
Is a good lightsaber name memorable? Is it a mash-up of two words? Does it have a complex, technological sounding name? Is it evocative? Does it have a number tacked onto the end like V4 or 3.0 or 1000?
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Lightsaber companies name their lightsabers in many different ways. Most custom sabers don’t name their sabers after Star Wars characters (i.e. Darth Maul’s lightsaber) because they don’t want to risk getting sued by Lucasfilm or Disney for trademark infringement. Officially licensed lightsabers, like the Star Wars: The Black Series Force FX lightsabers, do attach character names to their lightsabers (e.g. Rey (Jedi Training) Force FX lightsaber).
Here are the names of the lightsabers shown in the photo and video for this article (from left to right):
- Aeon V4 by Ultrasabers
- Avenger by Saberforge
- MPP 2.0 by Korbanth
- Prodigal Son by Saberforge
- Kyberlight by Kyberlight (Note: Kyberlight seems to use the company name interchangeably with their lightsaber since they only manufacture one style of hilt)
- Rey (Jedi Training) Force FX lightsaber by Hasbro (officially licensed)
My favorite name from the above list is probably Prodigal Son because the name tells a story while strongly hinting at both the character that uses a similar lightsaber (Luke due to use of the word ‘son’) and the fact that he’s returning to his father (in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the son returns to his father).
SaberSourcing YouTube discuss their favorite lightsaber names:
“If I made a lightsaber what of PVC or a sink tube or something I would probably call it the DLK 1 or the DLK V1 because that would be my first version of the lightsaber.”
“I really like the names that invoke either the inspirational character or user (IE: Prodigal Son, Apprentice, Guardian, Rebel, etc…) or the main body source (IE: Graflex, MPP). Not a huge fan of the version numbers (V3, V4, etc…), but I can see where they would help aleviate confusion between older models. I’m ambivalent on naming the licensed versions after their character users (Luke’s/Rey’s saber, Yoda’s Saber, Vader’s Saber, etc…), mainly because there really isn’t any other way to delineate between them aside from Graflex (Luke/Rey) or MPP (Vader).”
— David Watches YouTube
“I personally named the sabers in my line. There’s the ravager, the prodigy and the virtuoso for now. I kind of let the saber name itself after I design it.”
— Shenlong Family Karate