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Title: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on December 30, 2016, 08:50:19 PM
Just received my Arbiter today, and I absolutely adore this thing. I have it with TRI Fire Orange with quick disconnects, Obsidian V4 sound, blue illuminated silver AV switch and black Electrum Wind pommel.

My favorite aspects about this saber:

  • Grenade grip on the upper part of the hilt. Adds extra surety and tactility to the handling and spinning of this saber. This is THE killer feature on this saber and the biggest draw for me
  • Light weight yet the length of it allows for a two handed grip and is still easy to wield or spin
  • Quick Disconnects! I couldn't afford Emerald on this one, and these make everything AOK. I already have TRI AB, TRI CG, GB, BH, SRD and TRI AS Quick Disconnect MLS units from other sabers, so this $15 upgrade was a worthy replacement for the Emerald Driver

I really don't have anything negative to say about this saber other than I didn't like the Archon pommel on it, and that was quickly remedied by replacing it with the black Electrum Wind pommel.

Pictures and video below...

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4028_zpsifikx1jc.jpeg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4027_zpsr4grnl1c.jpeg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4026_zpsqtu9bwjj.jpeg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4025_zpsbqepg8fg.jpeg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4024_zpsz6tbbqqd.jpeg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4023_zpsxhp2drly.jpeg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4022_zps2vyia5uz.jpeg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAshWg2gmW4


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Taegin Roan on December 30, 2016, 09:36:29 PM
Great review. How do you like the FO? I usually don't like the illuminating av switches, but the blue actually goes really well with the orange.

I really like the black accents. I think you should go with the black covertec wheel.

Very well done. Point to you


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on December 30, 2016, 10:40:31 PM
Great review. How do you like the FO? I usually don't like the illuminating av switches, but the blue actually goes really well with the orange.

I really like the black accents. I think you should go with the black covertec wheel.

Very well done. Point to you
Hey TR, your feedback is much appreciated. Thank you! I like your suggestion for the black Covertec wheel. It would seem to complete the look better.

The TRI FO really looks pretty "gnarly" with the silver of the Arbiter hilt, and I'm really pleased with how it looks with the blue illuminated AV switch with that color as well as how it'd probably look really good with my Guardian Blue, TRI Arctic Blue and Sunrider's Destiny


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Taegin Roan on December 30, 2016, 11:59:53 PM
Hey TR, your feedback is much appreciated. Thank you! I like your suggestion for the black Covertec wheel. It would seem to complete the look better.

The TRI FO really looks pretty "gnarly" with the silver of the Arbiter hilt, and I'm really pleased with how it looks with the blue illuminated AV switch with that color as well as how it'd probably look really good with my Guardian Blue, TRI Arctic Blue and Sunrider's Destiny

To me, the Arbiter with the FO looks like you somehow harnessed the sun, and used that to fuel your blade. Also, you may have changed my mind about the Arbiter, I previously did not like it much, but the EW pommel really changed that for me. I think that is what I'll do if I ever end up getting one.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on December 31, 2016, 12:12:04 AM
To me, the Arbiter with the FO looks like you somehow harnessed the sun, and used that to fuel your blade. Also, you may have changed my mind about the Arbiter, I previously did not like it much, but the EW pommel really changed that for me. I think that is what I'll do if I ever end up getting one.
Harnessed the SUN! Yaaas! Cool idea, TR. What a cool thing it is to hear that one's review changed another's perspective on it. This IS the saber you are looking for. I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me.  ;D  ;D  ;D  8)


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Taegin Roan on December 31, 2016, 12:36:02 AM
Harnessed the SUN! Yaaas! Cool idea, TR. What a cool thing it is to hear that one's review changed another's perspective on it. This IS the saber you are looking for. I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me.  ;D  ;D  ;D  8)

And the blue AV switch is almost like the the darkening sky, or maybe even space itself. But then the silver hilt is so pristine and shiny, it's almost like a star.

Just an idea, you can take it or leave it, and either way, I wont be offended, but I think you should name it 'Night Sky', or something along those lines. Again, just and idea.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Jeadus Teal on December 31, 2016, 12:46:27 AM
(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4023_zpsxhp2drly.jpeg)

The Arbiter is a very clean and elegant Lightsaber design. I like that you added a Black Bezel to go with your Blue Illuminated Silver AV switch and the TRI Fire Orange is very striking on the saber.

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4026_zpsqtu9bwjj.jpeg)

The Electrum Wind Pommel with the black is an excellent swap out for your pommel and showing a comparison between the two is another great idea. I would keep the Covertec Wheel the same silver color as the rest of the saber.

Your right about first appearances with sabers that may not be to your expectations when picking out a saber to buy. Being able to swap out parts on a saber or add in a little something extra onto your saber is really the only way to meet your own expectations.

Lastly a great honest review and I like your explanation for what changes you would like in your life as 2017 approaches. Point to you.





Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: KraytDragonPearl on December 31, 2016, 01:05:52 AM
Looks good LB,

I love the Tri-C FO, I have that color on my Archon and its pretty nice.  I need to work on switching out my LED's to all QD's so I can manipulate the MHS features of the Arbiter.  I have to give you a point for that setup. 


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Faith Caine on December 31, 2016, 01:34:25 AM
A very  well thought out and informative review of a saber that I have my eye on. Swapping the standard pommel for the black EW was genius,  it gives it a far better stream lined look. +1 for the review and again in the morning when I get up.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Japarco on December 31, 2016, 02:53:02 AM
Great review LB. I like all the black accents, and that pommel looks like an extension of the lines of the lower grip, great swap. Thanks for sharing this review and the vídeo, since Im very interested in this hilt. +1...

By the way, could you please post a pic of your Arbiter with Tri Arctic Blue, and with the main pommel. Thanks a lot.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: reconmarine on December 31, 2016, 04:00:29 AM
The contrast with the black makes it look amazing. I agree a black covertec wheel will add and not deminish your idea and look you have going. Out with the old, is always good but remember it is our past the got us to were we are, yet does not define our future or our path. Your sabers seem to each hold more than ownership value too you, but each are a part of who you are. It is even better than its beginning because it now has it's masters touch. Any artist  becomes apart of his brush with each stroke. And every carpenter becomes a part of the hammer with each strike. And the art left for other to enjoy, means the artist becomes apart of there lives. You have become one with your saber, great review enjoyed you sharing with us. Thank you!


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Rapine on December 31, 2016, 04:18:55 AM
Hey that looks great LB!

Great review, and congrats on getting your "resolution" saber. :)

I really like the look of the bezel switcheroo there, and, you are correct sir, that pommel looks fantastic on there.  Perfect contrast on a hilt that, IMO, was to monochromatic. 

I like TR's suggestion of the black covertech too actually. :)

Good job man.

+1


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Jediseth on December 31, 2016, 05:58:40 AM
You did a really good job on that review. The main reason I would have never purchased that saber was the pommel it comes with just doesn't look right to me, boy you solved that. That EW pommel looks fantastic. I typically don't like when people swap out pommels, but on that one in addition to the black bezel,you nailed it.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on December 31, 2016, 09:44:39 AM
And the blue AV switch is almost like the the darkening sky, or maybe even space itself. But then the silver hilt is so pristine and shiny, it's almost like a star.

Just an idea, you can take it or leave it, and either way, I wont be offended, but I think you should name it 'Night Sky', or something along those lines. Again, just and idea.
Ah ha... I hadn't considered that aspect and what a cool observation. I haven't named any of my sabers... yet... but your suggestion for this one is pretty cool. I'll think about it some more before deciding. Have a point 😁

The Arbiter is a very clean and elegant Lightsaber design. I like that you added a Black Bezel to go with your Blue Illuminated Silver AV switch and the TRI Fire Orange is very striking on the saber.

The Electrum Wind Pommel with the black is an excellent swap out for your pommel and showing a comparison between the two is another great idea. I would keep the Covertec Wheel the same silver color as the rest of the saber.

Your right about first appearances with sabers that may not be to your expectations when picking out a saber to buy. Being able to swap out parts on a saber or add in a little something extra onto your saber is really the only way to meet your own expectations.

Lastly a great honest review and I like your explanation for what changes you would like in your life as 2017 approaches. Point to you.
Thanks a bunch for your thoughts and feedback. I value your opinion greatly and would like to give a point back to you as well.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: KraytDragonPearl on December 31, 2016, 11:14:15 AM
Didn't I tell you that you wouldn't regret the purchase of this saber.   ;) :P



And look at that its my 1977 post.  Same as Star Wars and my birth. 


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on December 31, 2016, 12:23:37 PM
Didn't I tell you that you wouldn't regret the purchase of this saber.   ;) :P



And look at that its my 1977 post.  Same as Star Wars and my birth.  

That's so right, you did! Not only do I not regret it, it has risen to the top of my favorite sabers, probably #3 right after my Guardian and Electrum Wind and tied with the Graflex.

1977 posts <-> Star Wars ... that's cool! You're now at 1978 and in "let's make another Star Wars movie" territory, where the first draft was finished in the first quarter of 1978. Excellent milestone to reach, KDP! Have a congratulatory POINT  ;)


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on December 31, 2016, 01:39:54 PM
A very well thought out and informative review of a saber that I have my eye on. Swapping the standard pommel for the black EW was genius,  it gives it a far better stream lined look. +1 for the review and again in the morning when I get up.

Thanks for the points, FC!

Great review LB. I like all the black accents, and that pommel looks like an extension of the lines of the lower grip, great swap. Thanks for sharing this review and the vídeo, since I'm very interested in this hilt. +1...

By the way, could you please post a pic of your Arbiter with Tri Arctic Blue, and with the main pommel. Thanks a lot.


Thank you, LJ! Yeah, I've heard many comment they have become interested in this hilt. It's a hilt with some subtle strengths that you really discover when you finally own one, so I'm glad what I put together has helped some get more acquainted with it.

You asked and you shall receive...  ;)  here are the pics with TRI AB and the standard pommel:

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4046_zpsqjghnqxz.jpeg)

And here it is with the short Bellicose pommel:

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4049_zpsxjgimrnw.jpeg)

And here it is with the Electrum Wind black pommel:

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4050_zpsfqjnnibo.jpeg)

The contrast with the black makes it look amazing. I agree a black covertec wheel will add and not diminish your idea and look you have going. Out with the old, is always good but remember it is our past the got us to were we are, yet does not define our future or our path. Your sabers seem to each hold more than ownership value too you, but each are a part of who you are. It is even better than its beginning because it now has it's masters touch. Any artist becomes apart of his brush with each stroke. And every carpenter becomes a part of the hammer with each strike. And the art left for other to enjoy, means the artist becomes apart of there lives. You have become one with your saber, great review enjoyed you sharing with us. Thank you!


Wow, thank you, reconmarine. This is really, dare I use the word, profound, and your perspective is incredible. You're so right about the past, and there are many things from my past that are like roots for what has been my present and will be my future. I couldn't imagine not knowing my past. I've really enjoyed watching your videos. You two seem like the nicest, most fun people. I love your passion for Star Wars, light sabers, loyalty to Ultra Sabers and your support to each other. You're both a great example to us all for 2017. Keep those videos coming and the best wishes to you in the New Year.

Hey that looks great LB!

Great review, and congrats on getting your "resolution" saber. :)

I really like the look of the bezel switcheroo there, and, you are correct sir, that pommel looks fantastic on there.  Perfect contrast on a hilt that, IMO, was to monochromatic.  

I like TR's suggestion of the black covertec too actually. :)

Good job man.

+1


"Monochromatic" is an excellent word, and I think you're spot on right. It's come together so well far better than I anticipated. Thanks a bunch for your feedback and the point.

You did a really good job on that review. The main reason I would have never purchased that saber was the pommel it comes with just doesn't look right to me, boy you solved that. That EW pommel looks fantastic. I typically don't like when people swap out pommels, but on that one in addition to the black bezel, you nailed it.


Thank you, Jediseth. One of the best things that I love about buying an Ultra Saber, something which I prefer in computers as well, and that is modularity. Ultra Sabers use of MHS and MLS compatibility and swappability in all their parts sure amplifies the value of everything we buy.


So thank you everyone so sincerely for your feedback, your advice, your perspective and the points! So happy what I put together was helpful in some way. I took the advice to swap out the covertec wheel to a black one, and I tried the short Bellicose pommel on it as well, and I think it works fairly well too:

With a silver covertec wheel:

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4037_zps3scjndmg.jpeg)

With a black covertec wheel:

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4041_zpsqcflpjre.jpeg)

Opinions?  8)


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: hazard502 on December 31, 2016, 02:50:16 PM
Wonderful review and some very nice pics too. Point!

The EW pommel ... so sleek. And the blue switch? Shmexy!


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Taegin Roan on December 31, 2016, 03:02:42 PM
The Bellicose pommel looks good as well. I definitely like the black covertec wheel on there with all those other black accents.

Point to you


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Dauntless Seven on December 31, 2016, 05:16:06 PM
Another excellent review and point for you.  What a collection of sabers you are getting... but this Arbiter will always have a place near and dear to your heart.  ;D  8)



Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on December 31, 2016, 05:18:56 PM
Another excellent review and point for you.  What a collection of sabers you are getting... but this Arbiter will always have a place near and dear to your heart.  ;D  8)



 ::)


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Japarco on December 31, 2016, 06:26:18 PM
Thanks for the pics. Happy New Year.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on December 31, 2016, 06:47:20 PM
Thanks for the pics. Happy New Year.
Same to you, brother.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Corwyn VonBeck on December 31, 2016, 09:41:01 PM
Very nice LB. Soo jealous of that Tri Orange... may just go that way for my planned off-hand saber.... but wouldnt want it overshadowing Project Revanants standard Fire Orange... hrmm...
Youve definitely pushed me over the edge on the Arbiter... which I very nearly ended up with a while back. now have a solid 3 on my wishlist.

Interesting idea with the EW pommel... looks good, and with any of the black accented pommels, I agree the black covertec looks best. hrmmm... wonder if the Archon V2 emitter would work too... a little black top and bottom, but not enough to detract from the rest...

A great choice there buddy. Slice your way through 2017 in style! Happy new year!


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on December 31, 2016, 10:27:28 PM
Very nice LB. Soo jealous of that Tri Orange... may just go that way for my planned off-hand saber.... but wouldnt want it overshadowing Project Revanants standard Fire Orange... hrmm...
Youve definitely pushed me over the edge on the Arbiter... which I very nearly ended up with a while back. now have a solid 3 on my wishlist.

Interesting idea with the EW pommel... looks good, and with any of the black accented pommels, I agree the black covertec looks best. hrmmm... wonder if the Archon V2 emitter would work too... a little black top and bottom, but not enough to detract from the rest...

A great choice there buddy. Slice your way through 2017 in style! Happy new year!
Thanks, man. That TRI FO is more glorious than I'd hoped for. It's like the sun in my hands! Intriguing idea on that Archon emitter, though I think still prefer the pure silver at the top right above that grenade grip.

Good luck on YOUR wish list in 2017! Hope it becomes a reality, bro.   ;D


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Rapine on January 01, 2017, 09:36:04 AM
Agreed.

I really like the Arbiter emitter.  The Overlord one too.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on January 01, 2017, 10:58:31 AM
That Overlord emitter with windows would be a nice swap. Great idea.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Taegin Roan on January 01, 2017, 04:15:56 PM
A better name than 'Night Sky' might be 'Solar Flare'. Just seems to fit better. Again, just a suggestion.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on January 01, 2017, 07:34:28 PM
A better name than 'Night Sky' might be 'Solar Flare'. Just seems to fit better. Again, just a suggestion.
Thanks, Taegin. That's a cool idea. I like the concept of a name related to the sun. What about "scepter of Ra" where "Ra" is the Egyptian Sun god?


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Taegin Roan on January 02, 2017, 12:48:40 AM
Thanks, Taegin. That's a cool idea. I like the concept of a name related to the sun. What about "scepter of Ra" where "Ra" is the Egyptian Sun god?

That's pretty awesome too.


I just had a thought. I really want a Trident saber.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on January 02, 2017, 01:32:30 AM
That's pretty awesome too.


I just had a thought. I really want a Trident saber.
Something like this, but of course, the Ultra Sabers way resulting in a far superior outcome?

(https://cdn.ampproject.org/ii/w1200/s/i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s---6aWgSy1--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/crsuqrle7artezgzkegu.jpg)


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Taegin Roan on January 02, 2017, 01:47:22 AM
Something like this, but of course, the Ultra Sabers way resulting in a far superior outcome?

(https://cdn.ampproject.org/ii/w1200/s/i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s---6aWgSy1--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/crsuqrle7artezgzkegu.jpg)

Yeah, but with a really long hilt. Just a saber with short blades, but a long hilt. I be we could build our own. Maybe not exactly like I want it, but close.

2 or 3 Yari pike extensions, Flamberge or Renegade, and 2 Mantises should do it. Oh, and maybe a couple of couplers.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Isola815 on January 02, 2017, 05:31:15 AM
Just found this thread, don't know how I missed it!

GREAT review! This is one of those sabers I've been tossing up on because I keep seeing it on the deal of the day page (btw is it just me or is that just same sabers on rotation?) and it gets more tempting every time.

To give you some feedback on the black accents. Personally I feel a black covertech wheel would be too much. However, a black SCREW on the covertech wheel would be just that little bit more, and probably look much more elegant.

Also, this picture from your post:


([url]http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f332/computingguy/UltraSabers/IMG_4027_zpsr4grnl1c.jpeg[/url])



See how it looks like you have black rings around each step on the emitter? I'd be painting them black if it were me to make that a reality and not just a lighting trick.

Those, coupled with the black screw inside the covertech, would be all the extra black I'd want to add to that beauty.

A point to you for edging this back up on my wish list and giving me some good ideas for a custom touch when I get it (don't worry, mine won't be black ;) ) and for a brilliant review!


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on January 02, 2017, 07:54:33 AM
Just found this thread, don't know how I missed it!

GREAT review! This is one of those sabers I've been tossing up on because I keep seeing it on the deal of the day page (btw is it just me or is that just same sabers on rotation?) and it gets more tempting every time.

To give you some feedback on the black accents. Personally I feel a black covertech wheel would be too much. However, a black SCREW on the covertech wheel would be just that little bit more, and probably look much more elegant.

Also, this picture from your post:

See how it looks like you have black rings around each step on the emitter? I'd be painting them black if it were me to make that a reality and not just a lighting trick.

Those, coupled with the black screw inside the covertech, would be all the extra black I'd want to add to that beauty.

A point to you for edging this back up on my wish list and giving me some good ideas for a custom touch when I get it (don't worry, mine won't be black ;) ) and for a brilliant review!
Hey there, Isola. Deal of the Day combined with the Christmas 15% discount combined with a lot of positive buzz on the forums about this saber combined with the desire to get a new saber for New Years ago went into the decision for buying this particular saber that wasn't even on my wish list. I've noticed that they do indeed rotate a lot of the same sabers regularly for the DoD, and I love that because if I couldn't buy on one rotation, I get a second chance! That happened with my son's Christmas saber, the Archon 2.1, and it was perfect timing. :D

Thanks for the kind feedback, the point and the tips!  ::) Great ideas. Those are some cool customization possibilities. I especially like the idea for the black rings on the emitter, which would be like a reflection of the black ring on the underside of the Electrum Wind pommel. My first paint job ever on a saber may be in 2017. Point back to you 😊



Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on January 02, 2017, 08:04:11 AM
Yeah, but with a really long hilt. Just a saber with short blades, but a long hilt. I be we could build our own. Maybe not exactly like I want it, but close.

2 or 3 Yari pike extensions, Flamberge or Renegade, and 2 Mantises should do it. Oh, and maybe a couple of couplers.
Oh right I see that, but man that thing would be heavy.  :o  We could really use a couple of those elusive curved reapers that we've seen pictures of that have only appeared at some conventions. Those would be a lot sleeker and they have those cool inlays.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Taegin Roan on January 02, 2017, 01:48:32 PM
Oh right I see that, but man that thing would be heavy.  :o  We could really use a couple of those elusive curved reapers that we've seen pictures of that have only appeared at some conventions. Those would be a lot sleeker and they have those cool inlays.

Yeah it would be very heavy, but then again, Tridents are extremely heavy, so it might not be so bad.

I agree with you on the curved reapers, but since they are so hard to obtain, I chose to go with the Mantises. Either way, it would look awesome.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Lord Bladewraith on January 02, 2017, 02:57:25 PM
Yeah it would be very heavy, but then again, Tridents are extremely heavy, so it might not be so bad.

I agree with you on the curved reapers, but since they are so hard to obtain, I chose to go with the Mantises. Either way, it would look awesome.
I think the azure versions of the Mantis combined with black renegade LEs would look quite good.


Title: Re: A review about the Arbiter
Post by: Taegin Roan on January 02, 2017, 07:15:56 PM
I think the azure versions of the Mantis combined with black renegade LEs would look quite good.

Somebody should really do this and see how it turns out.