A question for the geeks in the audience

January 13th, 2012

Why the hell do Jedis wear lightsabers on their left hip?

Swords were traditionally worn that way because the length of the blade meant a right-handed person could really only draw a sword from that position.

But lightsabers have no blade until they are activated. It would be much quicker to wear one on your right hip the same way a gun is holstered.

Of course, viagra sales sildenafil spaceships don’t sound like fighter jets, either. Mr. Lucas was never a stickler for reality.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  January 13th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I’m no swordsmen, but even if its not activated until drawn I would think the arm motion would still be superior coming from the left side of your body.

    If you are right handed and draw from your left, you can immediately activate the sword and get a good cross cut with decent force, and then have the sword up and ready for a good downward blow.

    If you are right handed and draw from your right, its awkward to cut across your body immediately to attack your opponent. Your only real option is to bring the blade up, and then down.

  • 2. BobG  |  January 14th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Correct, Nick. In kenjutsu whenever a sword is drawn it is usually drawn as a strike. During duels, samurai would sometimes stand and then draw/strike, and the duel would be over in a fraction of a second. There were some who drew from the strong side, but they used an underhand draw and strike, and then would shift if the fight continued.

  • 3. Lance  |  January 16th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    The more important question is: why don’t the Jedi ever think to use a wrist strap?

  • 4. Elliot  |  January 16th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I think you only need to do that if you’re Yoda and using a wee little saber.

  • 5. mikee  |  March 14th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    The light saber goes on the left hip because the Star Trek Communicator is worn on the right hip.

  • 6. Elliot  |  March 14th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Great theory! Although, I thought the phaser was carried on the right hip? At least the Type 2 was.

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