While not all “styles” are equally effective in Lightspeed-saber, they are extremely varied and versatile.
Lightspeed-sabers are anywhere from 48” long to just 40”. Some of them weigh just around a pound and a half, and some of them weigh almost three times as much. Some are best used two-handed, and some can only be held with one. All of these traits affect how the weapon is used, and can either hinder or enhance your style. Use this guide to help you make the right choices for your first saber, and your first foray into Lightspeed-saber fencing.
REY-CLASS: MEDIUM HILT
Best suited for: beginners, generalists, everyone
The medium Rey-class hilt is 10-11” long and can legally equip a 36” blade. This is a quintessential weapon in Lightspeed-saber, as it embodies Lightspeed’s virtues of versatility and flexibility. It is lightweight for one-handed use but still long enough to use well in two hands, allowing practitioners to make effective use of grip-passing.
Although this is the form adopted by beginners, this weapon has the distinction of having the largest moveset of all classes, because of its middle-of-the-road versatility. So be careful of a master Rey-class wielder— you never know what moves they might pull up.
REY-CLASS: LONG HILT
Best suited for: kendoka, counterstrikers
The long Rey-class hilt is close to 12.5” long and, like all Rey-class hilts, can equip a 36” blade. Significantly bulkier and slower than a medium hilt, long hilts are ideal for two-handed use, affording incredible parrying power and long reach for pommel-grippers.
REY-CLASS: SHORT HILT
Best suited for: FENCERS, ESKRIMADORS
The short Rey-class hilt is around 9.5” long and, like all Rey-class hilts, can equip a 36” blade. These hilts are typically inexpensive but light and fast and one-handed, making them familiar to traditional fencers and stick-fighters.
Best suited for: eskrimadors, sabreurs
The 6”-8” Tyrant-class hilts are not readily available through mainstream manufacturers and must be made custom through a sabersmith. A sub-class of Rey, Tyrant-sabers can equip a 36” blade.
These are prestige weapons, wielded by some of the best fencers in the league. Too short to take advantage of more than one grip, what they lack in versatility they make up for in speed and blade-agility. Tyrant-fencers have honed their bladework to a fine art.
Best suited for: lONGSWORDSMEN
The Ren-saber is long, heavy, and slow, but has the best defensive capabilities of any weapon in the Lightspeed canon. It asks an additional challenge of its wielder: not to kill themselves with their own fiery quillons.