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Why Dual Lightsabers? More of a lore question

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Why Dual Lightsabers? More of a lore question

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Themanthatisi
04.09.2013 , 12:51 PM | #1
If 2 lightsabers are potentially better, why would they just not carry 2? Below are 2 examples....

Example 1:
From the movie, EP.2, where Obi-Wan throws Aniken his lightsaber to use against Duku
if its not better, why even throw it to him?

Example 2:
In the mini movie "Return" Satele throws her master her lightsaber, and he does some serious butt-kicking with it until Malgus finally beats him, ironically with a second saber that was ALSO not his. Would he have lost if he only had one?
Why not just have a second one on their waist?

So, is it better to have 2? and If so, why not just carry 2? If its not better to have 2, then why did they use the second one?

Maybe some of you Lore experts can chime in on this...

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Jenzali
04.09.2013 , 01:02 PM | #2
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Themanthatisi
04.09.2013 , 01:16 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by Jenzali View Post
That was my assumption as well, its just for the "cool" factor.... I did want to check in though and see what others have to say.

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Bytemite
04.09.2013 , 01:25 PM | #4
Why don't fencers use two swords?

Why are the saber staves really cool looking but actually impractical in a lot of cases?

Because there are different styles with different advantages and disadvantages. Which style someone uses depends on what they were trained in and the circumstances of the fight.

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04.09.2013 , 01:38 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Bytemite View Post
Why don't fencers use two swords?

Why are the saber staves really cool looking but actually impractical in a lot of cases?

Because there are different styles with different advantages and disadvantages. Which style someone uses depends on what they were trained in and the circumstances of the fight.
I understand that, but if using 2 sabers can even at times be an advantage, why not carry 2 of them?

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Flintfire
04.09.2013 , 01:55 PM | #6
Well, think of it like this. You are facing an opponent stronger than you, then he can force your lightsaber into you if they lock together. Now if you did that with one hand, his blade is locked with yours, you have another one to slice his head off with. Also, being someone who plays ping pong with two paddles, once you get good enough, you don;;t have a weak side that could be exploited.
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Themanthatisi
04.09.2013 , 02:12 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Flintfire View Post
Well, think of it like this. You are facing an opponent stronger than you, then he can force your lightsaber into you if they lock together. Now if you did that with one hand, his blade is locked with yours, you have another one to slice his head off with. Also, being someone who plays ping pong with two paddles, once you get good enough, you don;;t have a weak side that could be exploited.
No one is reading my post in full.. I understand why 2 weapons have an advantage, and in the scenes I referenced, they showed an advantage.. YET, they do not actually carry 2 on them, they had to use one from their companion....

Again, if 2 is or can be an advantage, why not have 2 in the first place?

In any SW lore, does 2 sabers actually give an advantage? If so, do they carry 2? In the scenes I referenced, they carry one but more effective with 2. So, why not just have 2 to begin with? Besides the "cool" factor which is obvious.

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FuryoftheStars
04.09.2013 , 02:21 PM | #8
Realistically speaking, each style (single, dual, or double) has its own advantages and disadvantages. It's up to the personal preference of the fighter which style they like and master in. Typically, they will only carry the weapons that suit them for what they trained in because (realistically) they will be weaker in the other styles.

So why did they become so much better in the vids when suddenly dual-wielding? I think the first response you got with the link to the tv-trope says it all.

So, basically, there's no real reason why they should've been carrying two, and realistically speaking, there's also no real reason why they should've suddenly been better when using two. They simply did because of the "cool" factor.
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Jenzali
04.09.2013 , 02:22 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Flintfire View Post
Well, think of it like this. You are facing an opponent stronger than you, then he can force your lightsaber into you if they lock together. Now if you did that with one hand, his blade is locked with yours, you have another one to slice his head off with.
The thing about a blade lock is that it's entirely dependent on strength. So if you're able to resist an opponent's 2-handed blade lock with 1 hand, then the disparity in strength is so big that you'd be winning regardless of whether or not you had a second blade.
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04.09.2013 , 02:28 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by FuryoftheStars View Post
Realistically speaking, each style (single, dual, or double) has its own advantages and disadvantages. It's up to the personal preference of the fighter which style they like and master in. Typically, they will only carry the weapons that suit them for what they trained in because (realistically) they will be weaker in the other styles.

So why did they become so much better in the vids when suddenly dual-wielding? I think the first response you got with the link to the tv-trope says it all.

So, basically, there's no real reason why they should've been carrying two, and realistically speaking, there's also no real reason why they should've suddenly been better when using two. They simply did because of the "cool" factor.
This is probably only answer as well.... Thinking about the logic used in those scenes to relate to being "realistic" there is nothing besides the cool factor it seems.

Thank you and to the second poster (Jenzali) for the reply... I'm satisfied to know its not a lore thing I just did not understand.

However, if others have more to add in opinion or lore, go for it.