What is an s-curve emitter? (Lightsaber Terminology)

An s-curve emitter or s-curve shroud is a lightsaber emitter design featuring a curve resembling an ‘s’ shape. The s-curve emitter design is most commonly associated with the Skywalker lightsaber (sometimes called Graflex style lightsaber). Although Darth Vader’s lightsaber is the first lightsaber shown in Star Wars, the Skywalker lightsaber, which is made out a Graflex flashgun, is the first finished lightsaber design made by the prop department for Star Wars.

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The Skywalker lightsaber set the standard for all other lightsabers that followed and remains one of the most coveted lightsaber hilt designs among Star Wars fans. Even though the s-curve emitter is most commonly associated with the Skywalker lightsaber, the DV6 Darth Vader lightsaber from Return of the Jedi also features an s-curve emitter.

Many non-movie inspired lightsaber hilts use the s-curve emitter as well. For example, Electrum Sabercrafts’ Torrent lightsaber uses an s-curve emitter.

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