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JediJacob
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« on: January 07, 2017, 09:08:20 PM »

Hey guys i did a thing! haha I've been meaning to do this but had to wait until i got it sent back to me (needed it rewired to a direct drive for my AV switch seems in my excitement my double checking was worthless haha). Anyway.... here is my review video of this amazing saber hope you all like it.

https://youtu.be/x0aSA-E8q4I

Tomorrow I might upload some pictures of how it looks with different colors. Gotta love an Emerald driver Wink.

P.S HUGE shout out to everyone who helped me out before I asked alot of Questions and you were all were awesome
Lord Rapine, JediXIX, Lord Bladewraith, Taegin Roan and anyone else i missed....you rock!
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2017, 09:45:50 PM »

That was a great review, buddy! Thanks for the shout out and I have to say now I am a lot closer to getting a Catalyst myself. Nice closeups showing the choke point and the direct drive AV switch is pretty cool, I must say. I don't see it often and it makes your saber look like it's already alive and ready to ignite at any moment. How's the battery life been so far?

Also, quick tip for videos, if you use the link that ends in ".com" rather than in ".be" and remove the "s" from "https:", it will automatically embed in your post. So the link for your video would look like this and the link is directly below it:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0aSA-E8q4I&amp;" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0aSA-E8q4I&amp;</a>


Point for you incoming  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2017, 10:22:19 PM »

How's the battery life been so far?

So far pretty good I keep putting the batteries back on charge thinking they need it but they are always fine. The switch was on most of the day without the blade and was at about 80 percent. I charged them and they had been in for a few hours and then i had the blade going for a good while after the video before putting them back on charge and it was at like 65 mostly because of how long i was running the blade.
Also thanks for the tip wont let me edit but I will keep that in mind for the future.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2017, 12:59:29 PM »

Very nice review. I have been thinking about a catalyst style hilt for a while now, and you just bumped it up on my wishlist. I also really love the Guardian blue there. Point incoming.
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2017, 03:04:37 PM »

Definitely nice. Definitely want me a Dark Catalyst now even more =]
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2017, 06:23:58 PM »

Very nice review. I have been thinking about a catalyst style hilt for a while now, and you just bumped it up on my wishlist. I also really love the Guardian blue there. Point incoming.

Definitely nice. Definitely want me a Dark Catalyst now even more =]

Powerful this Catalyst saber is... we all want one even more now, myself included, with the possibility of getting one to enter the raffle, hopefully, and realized that the very word "Catalyst" means:

"something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces without itself being affected."

So um yeah it's definitely going to cause some ordering activity between us and Ultra Sabers. Soon, very soon.

Thanks again for the review, Darth Genji!
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2017, 06:30:03 PM »

Nice lightsaber! Points for the review!

The choke isn't my favourite part personally having the MHS version of it - it's actually too small for my hands to get proper purchase.

However it's a great looking and handling weapon no doubt. Congrats!
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2017, 06:30:34 PM »

^^^For sure Tongue Going Violet Amethyst for mine for I don't have a purple blade saber yet
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2017, 10:20:38 PM »

I never thought about that hazard guess the choke would be an issue for larger hands. Thankfully feels just about right in mine haha.

Powerful this Catalyst saber is... we all want one even more now, myself included, with the possibility of getting one to enter the raffle, hopefully, and realized that the very word "Catalyst" means:

"something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces without itself being affected."

So um yeah it's definitely going to cause some ordering activity between us and Ultra Sabers. Soon, very soon.

Thanks again for the review, Darth Genji!


Lol when i was buying it i kept thinkin...this is going to be the Catalyst for me getting way into sabers. haha its great.

(p.s genji? did i miss someone Wink )
^^^For sure Tongue Going Violet Amethyst for mine for I don't have a purple blade saber yet

The purples I'm trying to play with currently. I love purple blades but mines either coming out pink (for VA) or a odd blue (for DVA) using the emerald settings I've found on here. So i've been messing with it to try and find a good setting for it. When i do I'll post a picture Wink.
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2017, 05:24:35 PM »

I never thought about that hazard guess the choke would be an issue for larger hands. Thankfully feels just about right in mine haha.

Lol when i was buying it i kept thinkin...this is going to be the Catalyst for me getting way into sabers. haha its great.

(p.s genji? did i miss someone Wink )
The purples I'm trying to play with currently. I love purple blades but mines either coming out pink (for VA) or a odd blue (for DVA) using the emerald settings I've found on here. So i've been messing with it to try and find a good setting for it. When i do I'll post a picture Wink.

Hehe I think he mistook you for me because me and Bladewraith were discussing the Dark Catalyst hilt the other day on my personal review of my Dark Apprentice LE V4. Anyways that Dark Catalyst is very awesome! Points to you for the share. It makes me want to get a Dark Catalyst hilt at some point later on in the future too as well. Definitely looking forward to seeing the VA and DVA when you get those Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2017, 06:07:52 AM »

Haha alright.

So little later then i said but here is a picture of it with DVA....


Its a little hard to see since it looks mostly white in my camera (if anyone has tips on how to take saber pictures that show up better that'd be nice) but I'm a little disappointed with it in purple.  You can see it a little on the left side there  as it goes up the blade is how the entire blade is in person. A very light purple almost pink cant seem to find a setting that makes it better. VA is even worse with it mostly just white with a slight pink touch.
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2017, 02:32:43 AM »

Haha alright.

So little later then i said but here is a picture of it with DVA....


Its a little hard to see since it looks mostly white in my camera (if anyone has tips on how to take saber pictures that show up better that'd be nice) but I'm a little disappointed with it in purple.  You can see it a little on the left side there  as it goes up the blade is how the entire blade is in person. A very light purple almost pink cant seem to find a setting that makes it better. VA is even worse with it mostly just white with a slight pink touch.



Oooooo Smiley Nice Points for the share!
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2017, 03:55:20 AM »

Awesome JediJacob!

You got it back. Smiley

Looks and sounds great. Grin

You'll have a blast taking that out and spinning it around.  The Catalysts are spectacular for that.

Looking forward to more pics.

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Edit: JediJacob, you went with the RGBW Emerald?  The white LED might be wreaking havoc on your colours.  Try turning the one channel way down or off for those colours. Smiley
Pics of blades normally do look white on camera. The blade core at least.  Usually we look at the edge for true colour anyway.  Try holding your saber in front of a powered off TV, then take a pic.  The reflection may be better. 
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2017, 04:09:48 AM »

Its a little hard to see since it looks mostly white in my camera (if anyone has tips on how to take saber pictures that show up better that'd be nice) but I'm a little disappointed with it in purple.  You can see it a little on the left side there  as it goes up the blade is how the entire blade is in person. A very light purple almost pink cant seem to find a setting that makes it better. VA is even worse with it mostly just white with a slight pink touch.


More blue, less red may give you a deeper purple.

As for taking photos, I've had some success in taking it along the blade from the tip towards the hilt, usually at a low angle, such as towards the end of this review.

However, it comes down in part to camera quality, lighting, background (I think)... There are a multitude of factors.
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2017, 04:17:31 AM »

Excellent advice from James.

I've found that digital camera detectors are temperamental creatures.  Normally the light from the LED overwhelms the detector, and you just get a wash of white.  

I have a saber that has a TRI-CREE "deep red" set-up, and even though it's incredibly red in person, it looks pink in pics. (Yep, the one in my signature...I used a filter for that pic  Roll Eyes - the one in my avatar pic too - you can see the pink glow on my face.)

Keep playing around with it is all I can suggest.  Try James' tips. Smiley
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