Designed as much for elegance in combat as for ceremony, the lightsabre, is a distinctive weapon, the very image of which is inextricably bound with the mythos of the Jedi Order and their polar opposites, the Sith. The lightsabre is also synonymous with the Jedi Order's values to uphold peace and justice throughout the galaxy. This perception endure, despite the many conflicts with Sith and Dark Jedi.
The blade is of pure plasma energy suspended in a force containment field that keep the plasma's heat very close to the blade, focussing it. The plasma is emitted from a hilt which is almost always crafted by the wielder to match their own needs, preferences, and style. Because the saber contains all its weight in the hilt and generate a strong gyroscopic effect, it is very difficult for the untrained to wield. In the hands of an expert of the Force, the lightsaber is a weapon to be greatly respected and feared. To wield a lightsaber is to demonstrate incredible skill and confidence, as well as masterful dexterity and attunement to the Force.