For the same reason, it was also a very quick weapon, and superhuman reaction times were necessary to capitalize fully on this advantage.Only a handful of non-Force-sensitives have been known to master it, and none of them has ever presented a challenge for a fully-trained Jedi, save the lethally effective General Grievous.Millennia in the past, about 9,990 BBY, the Jedi discovered that a super-heated plasmoid substance could be generated and held in place with a field around the plasma.

To carry a lightsaber was an example of incredible skill and confidence, dexterity and attuning to the Force.

Since its plasma blade was essentially weightless, the weapon produced a gyroscopic effect, and so it was very difficult to handle safely.

Yet this made the weapon ideal for force-sensitive users who’s ability to predict the various energy pulsations through the force allowed him or her to compensate for them.

They also served as a means by which a Jedi’s focus was attuned to the force during combat.

This created a deadly blade of energy that could slice its way through almost any substance.

Such fields blocked one another, so the best defense against one blade was another blade.The field could be maintained almost indefinitely if linked to the generating device, because it functioned as a closed loop. The first lightsaber-like weapons were developed for siege purposes, using “frozen blaster” technology.The lightsaber (less formally, the laser sword) was more than just the distinctive weapon of the Jedi, it was a segment of the order’s history and its ultimate symbol for millennia.There could be no Jedi without a lightsaber and no lightsaber without a Jedi in the eyes of galactic denizens.Over the years, it came to be associated with gallantry and elegance otherwise lost in an age of blasters.Jedi traditionally constructed their own lightsaber as part of their training.