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DarthRondoudou
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« on: March 14, 2021, 07:39:12 AM »

This Mara Jade's hilt has been in a corner of my head for a while now.
So when I won a Diamond prize in the winter raffle, after having ordered a Guardian and the twin initiate (review on the way), I hesitated between the Emperor's Hand and a Butcher. And finally went to the EH.
Once again, this version is not completely accurate. But I deemed it worthy of my interest.
Since it's a diamond saber, there are multiple sound fonts and it can change blade color.
But, I ordered it with the following setting : BVA, pulse to VA, Bane's Heart FOC. And it will probably stay that way ^^'
I still haven't tried the other fonts and diamond switch on the fly...
I went for silver screws, silver pommel and squarred activation box.
Onto the saber porn.

The gold covertech wheel is standard. The T-grip on the emitter is a nod to Vader's hilt. It gives the mostly silver hilt a nice look.

This black button is the reason I went for US version rather than the most known other guys version. More accurate.

I previously stated that the squarred activation box might have been a mistake because it hurt my hand a bit when handling the saber in the middle grip part instead of the choke. But it just needed a bit of filing on the top angles.
All good now.

Gold wheel and pommel. The wheel is a nice touch of color on this hilt.

And I love the BVA pulse to VA. BH FOC was a spur of the moment thing, and it's quite nice I must say.


The hilt did came with two scratches. But I kinda like them...

Two handed grip (one hand on the bottom part with the screws, one hand on the middle section or the choke part) or one hand grip both feel natural.
Even though the hilt is mostly one color, the diversity of looks and textures (bottom plates, striped mid section and T-grip emitter) makes it look very agressive yet refined. And certainly not boring.

I thought I would enjoy this hilt more than I did when I unboxed it. I believe there are two reasons behind this.
First, my Guardian came with the order, and I did not expect that to happen.
Second, I came across a more accurate version of the hilt (activation box just under the emitter, with blue and red/pink led on it) that is more fit to be a shelf queen. So I'll probably buy this one in the future.
But this does not mean that the Emperor's Hand is not a good hilt. It is quite beautiful. So if you like it, go for it!
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Owned :
* Black Empress Emerald, Fire Orange with Pyrestone Orange FOC
* Spectre Emerald, Sentinel Yellow Adegan Silver FOC
* Guardian GB nickel plated shroud AB FOC
* Initiate LEV5 Blazing red/red illuminated AVswitch
* Dark Initiate LEV5 SRD/green illuminated AVswitch
* Emperor's Hand BVA/VA BH FOC
* 2 x windowed initiate v4 (silver + red)
* Liberator v3 arctic blue
* Dark sentinel LEV5 yellow
* Dominix green/red
Wishlist :
Menace SE BR x2 / Fallens / Black butcher BVA
Butcher LE AS / Sentinel LEV5 VA
Please someone stop me..

Karmack
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2021, 12:41:09 PM »

Well...    If you feel the need to make some slight mods, you can always swap out the emitter, or pommel, to give it a different look.

This is what mine looks like right now:



I much prefer the angled activation box, it is far more comfortable in my hand.  The pommel adds just a bit of length, which  I like, and the fallen emitter also lengthens the look of the hilt while also shifting the weight slightly forward which improves the balance and handling of the hilt overall.   And I like the dark themed screws and black button.  :-)
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DarthRondoudou
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2021, 02:02:50 PM »

Well...    If you feel the need to make some slight mods, you can always swap out the emitter, or pommel, to give it a different look.

This is what mine looks like right now:



I much prefer the angled activation box, it is far more comfortable in my hand.  The pommel adds just a bit of length, which  I like, and the fallen emitter also lengthens the look of the hilt while also shifting the weight slightly forward which improves the balance and handling of the hilt overall.   And I like the dark themed screws and black button.  :-)

This is interesting!
But I was really looking for the Mara Jade look =)
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Owned :
* Black Empress Emerald, Fire Orange with Pyrestone Orange FOC
* Spectre Emerald, Sentinel Yellow Adegan Silver FOC
* Guardian GB nickel plated shroud AB FOC
* Initiate LEV5 Blazing red/red illuminated AVswitch
* Dark Initiate LEV5 SRD/green illuminated AVswitch
* Emperor's Hand BVA/VA BH FOC
* 2 x windowed initiate v4 (silver + red)
* Liberator v3 arctic blue
* Dark sentinel LEV5 yellow
* Dominix green/red
Wishlist :
Menace SE BR x2 / Fallens / Black butcher BVA
Butcher LE AS / Sentinel LEV5 VA
Please someone stop me..

Karmack
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2021, 02:53:00 PM »

This is interesting!
But I was really looking for the Mara Jade look =)

That's fair.  Honestly, in "stock" configuration I found it to be fairly comfortable.   But that emitter is just soooooo chuncky.   I just decided to sideline it.   But on the shelf its a very aesthetically pleasing hilt.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2021, 04:14:34 PM »

If I was a hardcore fan of the character I'd probably want a relatively "pure" version as close to original as possible. But even then, in many cases they're not seemingly the most duel worthy sabers then I think. Maybe it's just in appearance? I do agree about wanting that angled activation box though personally. AND I do like the mods Karmack implemented, but I'm a dueling nut and Fallen enthusiast. Though, Darth Rondoudou does have one beautiful saber. I mean having looked at yours and Jedi Phoenix's at length, it's a sweet looking blade. But I'd probably have to become a big Mara Jade fan to be a huge fan of the design... I know it's heresy to a point, but I'm not even a major Graflex fan. It just doesn't look crazy comfortable or like it'd be wielded without lots of adjusting. I'm for function over form more so. I like beautiful shelf worthy things, but then they go to the end of the list, not the top. Anyway, nice lightsaber for sure!
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2021, 04:24:06 PM »

That's a nice looking saber. Nice honest review too.
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DarthRondoudou
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2021, 10:50:42 PM »

If I was a hardcore fan of the character I'd probably want a relatively "pure" version as close to original as possible. But even then, in many cases they're not seemingly the most duel worthy sabers then I think. Maybe it's just in appearance? I do agree about wanting that angled activation box though personally. AND I do like the mods Karmack implemented, but I'm a dueling nut and Fallen enthusiast. Though, Darth Rondoudou does have one beautiful saber. I mean having looked at yours and Jedi Phoenix's at length, it's a sweet looking blade. But I'd probably have to become a big Mara Jade fan to be a huge fan of the design... I know it's heresy to a point, but I'm not even a major Graflex fan. It just doesn't look crazy comfortable or like it'd be wielded without lots of adjusting. I'm for function over form more so. I like beautiful shelf worthy things, but then they go to the end of the list, not the top. Anyway, nice lightsaber for sure!
Nah I totally understand. As a child and before the prequels, I loved the Graflexes. Now... Not so much. They are iconic for sure. But... I hate to hold them xD
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Owned :
* Black Empress Emerald, Fire Orange with Pyrestone Orange FOC
* Spectre Emerald, Sentinel Yellow Adegan Silver FOC
* Guardian GB nickel plated shroud AB FOC
* Initiate LEV5 Blazing red/red illuminated AVswitch
* Dark Initiate LEV5 SRD/green illuminated AVswitch
* Emperor's Hand BVA/VA BH FOC
* 2 x windowed initiate v4 (silver + red)
* Liberator v3 arctic blue
* Dark sentinel LEV5 yellow
* Dominix green/red
Wishlist :
Menace SE BR x2 / Fallens / Black butcher BVA
Butcher LE AS / Sentinel LEV5 VA
Please someone stop me..

DarthRondoudou
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2021, 06:09:03 AM »

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Owned :
* Black Empress Emerald, Fire Orange with Pyrestone Orange FOC
* Spectre Emerald, Sentinel Yellow Adegan Silver FOC
* Guardian GB nickel plated shroud AB FOC
* Initiate LEV5 Blazing red/red illuminated AVswitch
* Dark Initiate LEV5 SRD/green illuminated AVswitch
* Emperor's Hand BVA/VA BH FOC
* 2 x windowed initiate v4 (silver + red)
* Liberator v3 arctic blue
* Dark sentinel LEV5 yellow
* Dominix green/red
Wishlist :
Menace SE BR x2 / Fallens / Black butcher BVA
Butcher LE AS / Sentinel LEV5 VA
Please someone stop me..

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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2021, 06:09:16 PM »

I absolutely LOVE my Emperor's Hand (Diamond controller). I've got the angled,illuminated black av switch and black screws. I've had it for a few years now, and it's still in my top 3. I'm thinking about getting it reinstalled (custom) with Proffie 5.9 and smooth swing.
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DarthRondoudou
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2021, 10:28:21 PM »

I absolutely LOVE my Emperor's Hand (Diamond controller). I've got the angled,illuminated black av switch and black screws. I've had it for a few years now, and it's still in my top 3. I'm thinking about getting it reinstalled (custom) with Proffie 5.9 and smooth swing.
So at the minimum, two custom upgrades to proffie... Nice =)
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Owned :
* Black Empress Emerald, Fire Orange with Pyrestone Orange FOC
* Spectre Emerald, Sentinel Yellow Adegan Silver FOC
* Guardian GB nickel plated shroud AB FOC
* Initiate LEV5 Blazing red/red illuminated AVswitch
* Dark Initiate LEV5 SRD/green illuminated AVswitch
* Emperor's Hand BVA/VA BH FOC
* 2 x windowed initiate v4 (silver + red)
* Liberator v3 arctic blue
* Dark sentinel LEV5 yellow
* Dominix green/red
Wishlist :
Menace SE BR x2 / Fallens / Black butcher BVA
Butcher LE AS / Sentinel LEV5 VA
Please someone stop me..

Malik Thanewulf
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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2021, 10:52:16 AM »

Actually, it's three. I have the Chosen One CE with lite sound and single Red led, no foc. I plan on upgrading to a GHV3 board, maybe neopixel. All Vader's fonts.
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Wish list:  maybe a Sword of Omens (not sure which color)

DarthRondoudou
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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2021, 10:01:54 AM »

I have to say... I was really happy to get it as a free diamond saber initially. Then I found another one made by some other guys that was way more accurate, and so nice looking... That I was a bit disappointed when I got my hands on it. But now, it's growing on me again =)
Still think diamond and emerald just don't do it for me though.
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Owned :
* Black Empress Emerald, Fire Orange with Pyrestone Orange FOC
* Spectre Emerald, Sentinel Yellow Adegan Silver FOC
* Guardian GB nickel plated shroud AB FOC
* Initiate LEV5 Blazing red/red illuminated AVswitch
* Dark Initiate LEV5 SRD/green illuminated AVswitch
* Emperor's Hand BVA/VA BH FOC
* 2 x windowed initiate v4 (silver + red)
* Liberator v3 arctic blue
* Dark sentinel LEV5 yellow
* Dominix green/red
Wishlist :
Menace SE BR x2 / Fallens / Black butcher BVA
Butcher LE AS / Sentinel LEV5 VA
Please someone stop me..

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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2021, 09:14:09 AM »

Itís best to treat your Lightsaber as a best friend. You shouldnít pick favorites even if you have many. If it is a real Lightsaber, you can use it wisely by accepting that it is for you. There is no other path that will lead to contentment. Stay with the power given to you by the emptiness of the Force. You can crush enemies with Light, and you can build empires with a wave of your hand.
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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2021, 02:34:43 AM »



Itís best to treat your Lightsaber as a best friend.






It treats its saber as a friend or else it gets the hose again.  PUT THE SABER IN THE FREAKING BASKET.
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