It only took the world a year to learn about the mechanics of the world’s most controversial lightsaber.
So the ostensibly impractical crossguard design is not only of ancient origin, but the crossblades themselves are apparently called quillons, just like those in our own universe.
On Reddit, fans ate up this tidbit. “I don’t care what anybody says, this saber is awesome,” reads the most upvoted comment on r/StarWars.
Of course, fans are still debating the sword’s practicality. As self-proclaimed swordfighter /u/starhawks protests:
Yes, it is awesome, but as someone who actually fences with longswords (two handed swords with a cross guard like the saber), there’s no denying that having lightsaber cross guards would be dangerous and stupid. Those things inevitably dig into wrists or bump into the body during fights. It does look cool, but it’s impractical, unnecessary, and stupidly dangerous to the user.
The current working theory is that anyone with strong Force sensitivity generates a protective force field—no pun intended—around the crossguard blades. It’s as good a theory as anything else we’ve heard.
As a bonus, Disney aired a behind-the-scenes The Force Awakens TV spot in the U.K. over the weekend, and it turned some heads thanks to a few tidbits of information—including a super-brief glimpse of a starship fight.