Post by darthcephalus on Oct 15, 2017 15:50:37 GMT -5
Review of the Torrent: the second model from Electrum Sabercrafts. This is a long one, so for those who want to cut to the relevant section, the first part talks about design. The second talks about features (look for the lit white blade). The third talks about the app (look for the green blade). The last deals with drawbacks. The overall evaluation is that it is a great saber. For more than that, you have to watch the video.
Post by darthcephalus on Sept 13, 2017 23:36:32 GMT -5
But Who Really Makes the Brightest Lightsaber?
This is a followup to my first head to head on brightness. That video has remained by far the most popular one on my channel, but there is definitely a lot missing from it. Last time I looked at Saberforge, Ultrasabers, and Kyberlight; this time Vader's Vault and Electrum Sabers enter the mix. I discuss the difference between single die, suncrusher, tri cree, and quad core; show them in a head to head; talk about who makes what; and discuss what features are available with each.
Post by darthcephalus on Sept 11, 2017 21:06:56 GMT -5
This is a review of the Legionnaire saber from Vader's Vault in Suncrusher G/G/W. The Saber is equipped with a Crystal shard 3 board. This is a very nicely balanced saber a with very cleanly installed electronics. This is the largest VV model while the other saber in the video is their smallest (the Tempest). The video looks at design, features, and size.
For a look at how it handles, see this video
For a closer look at the electronics, see this one
Post by darthcephalus on Aug 19, 2017 17:32:55 GMT -5
I just got in this beauty in the mail. It was a secondhand score from one of the facebook groups that was pretty enough to want to share. This is North Wind by Darkmatter on the FX sabers forum: seen here with my Spartan V2 from Ripper blades, which seemed to suit it. It is equipped with a Prizm 4 RGB board with some interesting color mixing preset into it. The greenish one in some of the images is called "Celtic" according to the label on the memory card. The etching on this is one of a kind. Right at the top of my unicorn list has always been a runic saber with a Helm of Awe on it. Which is why I could not let this saber sit on the market. Salt water etching gives the cuts a bumpy organic feel, and the forest green wash gives it a nice patina look. Stunning work.
Post by darthcephalus on Aug 17, 2017 20:46:16 GMT -5
I have been trying to redeem my ASP Hero Tier saber from Saberforge for a while now. I got the it while back and I hate it. I hate the sound fonts. I was not wild about the NEC board. I mostly hate the design. It was a thin necked asp with assembly service so all the parts are glued together. I was able to break the sealing on everything but the thin neck adapter, tying me in to a thin neck. I tried painting accents. Still don't love it. I was working to get some fonts on it that don't suck. I swear you can hear a microwave go off and birds in the background of one. Unfortunately, I refuse to pay for fonts, so I set out to convert free Plecter fonts and or obsidian fonts and it was a pain in the Sabers Rule. I also ordered a Rhonin body from SF while they were on sale. I had to cut the electronics out of the thing to get them in there since the damn adapter locks the LED and switches in place.
Anyways, I got the sound fonts eventually. The issue was that the config editor does not work on any of the 3 computers I tried it on. I can convert wavs sometimes, but it will not open any config files. As such, I was stuck doing everything manually. I converted the wav files to 22050hz (the Plecter ones did not need this, but the Ultrasabers files were in 48000). Then I renamed all the files to NEC format. Copied some of the clashes as blaster deflects and the swings as slashes. Gave them the appropriate headers bit by bit with the failing config editor. Skipped a few that absolutely would not convert, loaded them on to the board, and then I had to manually edit the config ini with the right number of sounds for each bank. This last took me a while to figure out. I did not know I needed to do that, until I got to looking at the config file more closely while trying to turn off the color switch without aux button feature. All things told, it works now and all those crappy fonts with background sounds in them are gone. I managed to get it to run Nightfall, a dark jedi font, a Darth Nihilus unstable blade font, Dominus Nox, Sister of Shadows, and a Cthulhu font.
As for the body, that presented another challenge. I got a Rhonin empty that I ordered during their sale to transplant my electronics into. I like the design and thought I would be happy with the saber. One problem: The damned thing was thread sealed!!! I ordered it initiate tier, thinking "this is how you get empties. It came with fake buttons in it that I couldn't get out and all the threads locked so I couldn't install electronics.
So apparently, there is blurb down in the text saying that you have to request it not to be glued if you want it that way. Seems to me like the opposite should be true, but it does say it. I just did not even dream that they would seal an empty, so I was not looking. I managed to get the grip off and broke all the seals except the most important one below the switch. On the advice of some helpful people on Facebook and the forums, I froze it, baked it, soaked it in WD40 and nail polish remover, but no luck. I did manage to burn and cut myself in the process though. There was not any extra wire in the electronics, so without breaking this seal, I couldn't connect the switches. The only way would be to splice on additional wire onto all 8 of the switch wires to get the length I needed to bring it down to the opening I could get to, so that is what I did.
The actual install was my best effort so far. My soldering skills are much improved since the last go around, and I got it all connected, tested, soldered, and set into the hilt. Right after I glued the buttons in and let it rest a while, I took it for a spin. It was on and running fine until the first clash, then the board rebooted.
I spent the remainder of that night yelling at the thing and disassembling it to check all the connections. More than once, I got it all back together only to meet the same result. Finally, I saw a forum post about this issue being connected to insufficient power. The battery had gotten low in the time I had been messing with the install. I put it mostly back together and plugged it in...success!!!
I finished reassembling it, took it for another spin with my fingers crossed...still good. Finally I glued down the buttons and put the grip back on. I am pretty happy with the end result but it was a long road. Thank you to those helpful people who offered pointers along the way. This is my second install ever and the first that had a good outcome. In the pictures that follow, the first is the initial saber, the others are the finished product. Some have it next to my Legionnaire (the other big boy of my collection) for reference. The blade in it is 40"
Post by darthcephalus on Jul 30, 2017 15:57:29 GMT -5
Yes, so basically, I had not had a chance to mess with the configurator, because whenever I try to convert a wav file or open an sconfig off the memory card from saber, I get a message that says the ignition configuration editor has stopped working and then it closes. That has left me only with the editing that can be done on the fly. Thankfully as I mention, there is a lot of things you can edit on the fly and I did watch your videos on how to do that stuff before I did the review. Shame about the editor as I would like to enable that setting, but it seems to work neither on my desktop nor my laptop. There wouldn't be a manual editing solution would there? Is it sctwst=1 or 0?
Post by darthcephalus on Jul 30, 2017 1:19:45 GMT -5
Thanks for that. I had tried to use that editor before, but never got it to run on my computer. I will elaborate on that tomorrow with specifics. Maybe you can tell me what I am doing wrong if anything.
Post by darthcephalus on Jul 29, 2017 21:56:36 GMT -5
So this is one I was asked for quite some time ago and I had been holding off. I am filming it now as part of a set. I figure you fine people already know all this stuff, but maybe I can be the subject of some morbid curiosity as I answer some of the questions I get asked by people new to the hobby. This video is the first in a set on color changing options with lightsabers. It deals with the cheapest option out there, which is color discs. I look at what color discs are, what LEE and Apollo filters are, how the two compare, and what you can and cannot do with them.
This video is the second in a set on color changing options with lightsabers. It looks at dayblades or colored blades. I look at products from Saberforge, Kyberlight, Vader's vault, the Custom Saber Shop (TCSS), and some premium options from Ripper blades. I look at features, differeces and similarities, and fuction. I also discuss how they work to alter the color of the LED.
This video is the third in a set on color changing options with lightsabers. It looks at a specific type of day blade called a photon blade. I look at products from Kyberlight, Vader's vault, and a couple home brew options and discuss how florescent dyes can impact the brightness and color of your LED saber.
I will be shootine one more long one on a cross brand look at RGB boards.
Post by darthcephalus on Jul 29, 2017 21:53:04 GMT -5
A couple more for the list A review of the black unstable blades from Ripper Blades. The set in this video is composed of a black pearl blade and the accompanying black acrylic side spikes. I wanted to give the black one it's own video since it is quite unique and behaves differently from the other color options.
A review of the Revan hilt from Rogue armory. This is sold on their Etsy site and is often sold empty for custom jobs. Spark installation is offered. The one reviewed in this video has been custom etched by Shadowcrest designs and installed with a Prizm V4 board with RGB from Plecter Labs. I neglected to mention in the video how surprisingly light the hilt is overall.
Post by darthcephalus on Jul 10, 2017 22:49:27 GMT -5
So it has been a while since I posted,so I thought I would do one post to catch up on some reviews I have done recently
This is a review of the Hitoren V4 saber from Wonderforce. This same saber is alternately marketed as the Fury by YDD sabers, the Spartan V1 by Spartan Sabers, the metal series V2 from Hypersabers, and under a lot of other names around the internet. This is the V4 model with a base lit LED (as opposed to a string blade), 16 colors, and 3 sound fonts. Also included in this video is a look at the 4 emitter and 2 pommel accessories offered with it, the blade, the coupler, the saber carrying bag, and the Legendary Saber Sheath. I look at design, features, construction and usability.
A review of the Dark Omen from Ultrasabers,. This saber is modeled on the Sword of Omens from Thundercats and is probobly the only saber on the market designed to say "Magical sword" more than "futuristic weapon". That said, it has some problems. Watch the video for a look at construction, quality, durability, and practicality.
A review of an ASP (adaptive saber parts) saber from Saberforge with a Hero (RGB or infinite colors) upgrade. The saber in the video was assembled by Saberforge using the ASP assembly service.
A review of the new Ultrasabers Diamond Controller board with a look at features and accessibility. A bit of comparison with the Obsidian and Emerald boards. Also a review of the Shock saber design.
A look at the Kyberlight board v2 upgrade. I focus on the sound issues and the flash on clash issues from my review of the V1 and look at the new mute feature.
A review of the quick release staff coupler from Ultrasabers and some brief tips on use.
A review of two stock acrylic lightsaber blades from Ripper Blades: the Ninja in tier 2 and the Spartan V2 in tier 3. Also some discussion of ripper blades in general and a description of tier level. Special attention is given to durability and comparative price point.
First of a couple reviews on Ripper dueling blades. This video is an intro on their poly-carbonates and a review of a clear and a day blade version of their original duel worthy unstable blade. I also talk about the two options for side blades or quillions (poly and acrylic) that they package with them. Next review I get a chance to do will look at the pearl version of this blade.
A review of the Unstable Pearl Dueling blades from Ripper Blades. I look at the difference between this product and the regular unstable dueling blades and talk about the effect it has on color and diffusion. In this video are the thin-walled Blue, the thin-walled red, a thick-walled red, the thin-walled black, and a thick walled clear I modified. A demo of the latter can be found here
If I doubled up on any that were already posted here, I apologize.
Post by darthcephalus on Jul 2, 2017 17:29:31 GMT -5
I found this film in an LED glow stick from the dollar store. It seems to be vinyl with refractive bits in it, but I can't find a way to get more or to buy it by the sheet. Might help if I knew what to search for.
Post by darthcephalus on Jul 1, 2017 21:34:06 GMT -5
So I found this thing at a garage sale for $5 and it spoke to me. It said "fill me with lightsabers" and really how can you argue with that logic. Currently it is loaded with a SF Relic, Xiphos, and ASP hero saber; two Ultrasabers Aeons, two dark apprentice V3s, and a Diamond Shock; 2 Electrum Errants; a VV Tempest; a Saberbay Crossguard; a Kyberlight; 3 SF extensions; a Yari extension; and various other MHS and ASP pieces and extra blades. So about $4,500 worth of sabering in a $5 wrapper. Well played bag. Well played.
Post by darthcephalus on Jun 27, 2017 20:37:12 GMT -5
It came in today. I have yet to get nice glamor shots, but I shot a video of the switch. They have a video, but I thought I would show it fully loaded with sound fonts and colors, so people can see how it cycles. Also triggered the blaster deflection and force effects through the second AUX menu towards the end.
Post by darthcephalus on Jun 26, 2017 4:50:06 GMT -5
They have a close up of the switch in action on their site. I will have to see if I can find the link tomorrow. If you mean the whole saber in action, then I do have this. It is taken using my other Electrum Errant, not the one with the etching. That one is scheduled to arrive Tuesday. I also have a review that shows the switch, but I think I already posted that on here somewhere. I'll link it here as well though.
holy cow, I've never seen anything like that before. that is something else boy!
If you have never seen one of these before, you need to see the switch. That is the star of the design. It has a learning curve, but there is nothing else like it. The awesome etching just puts an already great saber over the top.
Post by darthcephalus on Jun 24, 2017 2:07:41 GMT -5
You all know of my love for the Electrum Sabercrafts Errant. If you don't...I have a great love for the Electrum Sabercraft Errant.That is why, when I found this, I could not resist.
And now for the tale. This saber was of the original 50 in the flagship run. Before it was installed, it was shipped to Ryan Heller for etching for a friend of his. Ryan is a legend in the custom community for his work, mostly on high end and custom installed pieces from Rogue Sabers. It was then installed with their electronics and one of the he 24K Valknut switches. It's original owner put it up for sale a month or so ago. I tied to get it at the time but the price was too high. After a couple reductions, that was still the case and the listing disappeared. I happened to be on the other night when it reappeared from a new seller at a price I could not believe. The new seller did not have the certificate or know the translation of the Aribesh (it translates to " strong in battle, humble in retreat"). After checking with the original owner, he confirmed that it was not stolen. One day later, I am set to be the new owner of what I profess to be one of the most beautiful sabers I have ever seen. It should ship tomorrow. The original owner still had the certificate and has agreed to mail it to me and Electrum will likely be willing to transfer the warranty to me as well. It will be the highlight of my collection. It is the nicest Electrum Saber in existence that I know of and a true one of a kind with a very traceable and high profile lineage. I consider it to be my first legendary saber.
Post by darthcephalus on May 21, 2017 20:57:47 GMT -5
And set 3 is ready. I have not finished the routine yet, but these are the tutorials. This set ended up a bit longer than the others. The theme is modification.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 1- Behind the Back Switches This video deals with the idea of working behind your back. This builds on the other 2 sets and follows the idea of modifying moves and changing where you do them relative to your body.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 2- Building the Blade Barrier: First Steps This video deals with the first steps to building a move called the blade barrier. Specifically it looks at 2 and 3 beat moves behind the back. The first set in this series may be seen here.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 3- Building the Blade Barrier: Final Steps This video deals with the final steps to building a move called the blade barrier. Specifically it looks at a full behind the back clock face spin (4 beats) and the blade barrier itself (5 beats).
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 4- Horizontal Plane This video deals with the horizontal plane, getting around the body, and cloud spins.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 5- Cross or X Step & Combo This video deals with a new element of footworc called cross steps, X steps, or coiled steps. It also discusses low strikes and a combo that combines the two.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 6- Orbit Guards This video deals with orbits or orbits guards. This is alternately referred to as the third orbit.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 7- Bent Plum Flower Spin This video introduces the idea of the forward plane and uses it to isolate the plum flower spin closer to one side of the body. This will eventually allow dual wield plumb flowers.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 8- Building the Wing Spin: Over the Shoulder This video begins to work on the wing spin by turning the obi/ani spin from set 1 upside down into an over the shoulder spin.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 9- Building the Wing Spin: Putting it Together This video finishes work on the wing spin by combining the obi/ani spin with the over the shoulder spin into a 5 beat move on one side of the body.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 10- Reverse Eclipse Spin This video goes back and looks at how to do the eclipse or obi/ani spin fully in reverse. It includes some tips for not throwing out your shoulder.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 11- Reverse Plum Flower This video uses the idea of reversing things from the last video and applies it to the full plum flower spin.
Lightsaber Use: Set 3. part 12- Reverse Wing Spin This video uses the idea of reversing things from the last two videos and applies it to the wing spin.
Post by darthcephalus on Apr 6, 2017 0:19:39 GMT -5
So I was struck by a couple questions and had to get answers. Can you dual wield crossguard lightsabers? Yes! Are they heavy AF? Yes! Do you end up hitting yourself with the quillions? Not if you hold them right. This is a collection of clips from a 15 minute practice session. Hope you enjoy.
Last Edit: Apr 6, 2017 0:31:27 GMT -5 by darthcephalus: wrong link
Post by darthcephalus on Mar 11, 2017 22:31:13 GMT -5
This is the second set of tutorials in the reboot series. The key phrase for this one is complicating things. This set grafts martial elements on top of the basic flow from set one and brings the off hand into play. It also covers a bit more footwork and reverse grip. As will all sets in this series, it begins with theory and ends with practice, concluding with a move set that modifies the one in the first set and ties together all the elements of the second set into a short capstone routine.
The first is a theory video on the 7 forms
Lightsaber Use: Set 2. Part 1- Pivot Steps
Lightsaber Use: Set 2. Part 2- Blocks & Wards
Lightsaber Use: Set 2. Part 3- Thrusts & Lunges
Lightsaber Use: Set 2. Part 4- Reverse Grip
Lightsaber Use: Set 2. Part 5- Hand Switch
Lightsaber Use: Set 2. Part 6- Splitting the Clockface
Lightsaber Use: Set 2. Part 7- Splitting the Plum Flower
Post by darthcephalus on Mar 10, 2017 22:45:06 GMT -5
I had someone jump on that on Facebook too. Apparently, they also called the Tanto a Wakizashi, but for my money, it's too short for that to be accurate. Man do these things have a history in this community though.
Post by darthcephalus on Mar 10, 2017 22:08:23 GMT -5
This is a review of the Samurai 3000 from united cutlery and a brief how to on how it differs from and can be told apart from the knockoff version. This is a bit out of character for me, but it is a popular item within the lightsaber community, and I had a couple, so I thought this info might be worthwhile.
Post by darthcephalus on Mar 10, 2017 22:03:59 GMT -5
A review of the Errant saber: The flagship lightsaber from Electrum Sabercrafts. The saber in the video is from the original run of 50. It is number 39. This saber has since gone in to full production and is offered on their website. I look at overall design, features, customization, the Unity app, and demo handling. I also do a size comparison with a few other brands.
Post by darthcephalus on Mar 2, 2017 2:19:35 GMT -5
This video is a rare attempt on my part to do something in cannon. I was asked by a viewer to put together something like this so I thought I would try. I discuss the 7 forms, what the theory behind them is, and how they translate into real lightsaber use. I also provide examples of what they look like as I see them, and appropriate lightsabers for their practice. I borrowed a few seconds of footage from thunder for the stuff I can't do. I want to stress that my idea of them varies a lot from the scaffolding systems of TPLA or Ludosport. Y intro states as much and encourages people to remember that all examples of the forms are interpretations.
Post by darthcephalus on Feb 23, 2017 23:31:36 GMT -5
This is the first set of tutorials in the reboot. The Kickstarter didn't make so I am using the same technology as before with a couple minor tweaks, but the format and explanation reflects the things I have learned in the last few years and the experience I have gotten teaching these moves. My approach this time is take a more well rounded path integrating spins, strikes, and footwork at all stages. The first set is the basics and takes new saber users up through the plum flower spin. As will all sets in this series, it begins with theory and ends with practice, concluding with a simple routine that ties together all the elements of the first set into a short capstone routine.
The first video is a primer on saber use in general before the tutorials start off.
Post by darthcephalus on Feb 23, 2017 18:32:09 GMT -5
This is a new thing I am trying to pick up. It involves tossing the saber from the outstretched right hand and catching it behind or slightly over the head with the left. I picked this up from a M. C. Smith video. I am trying to carry it through into other moves. This footage comes from my second practice session with this move.