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nunya
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« on: September 14, 2021, 09:42:55 AM »

i am looking to replace one of my hilts and give that one to family.  i plan to purchase empty hilt and add my own components - either use the guts from my diamond saber or all new.  i also want to option to make a pixel build. 
below is a list of positives (+) and negatives (-) for each with some unknowns/assumptions/questions but i suspect i am lacking on some info and other details.
i am seeking help from the forum members.


Electrum Wind
+gold!
+switch higher on hilt
+(p)leather grip sections
+close to inspiration
+removable emitter piece
+available now - it was sold out for about a year
+/-hilt specific covertec wheel
-not much room for more holes near the emitter (for switches, securing PCB)
-not sure how to secure PCB
-screws/holes visible in grip section (is it a removable shroud? if so, what does it look like underneath?)
-grips lower than canon
-concerned about how grip sections are held in place (will they fall off over time)
-concerned about weathering/fading/peeling of the (p)leather sections


Guardian
+nickel plating option!
+pommel is distinctive
+able to modify to pixel easily
+room for more switches
+very close to inspiration
-more expensive (due to nickel plating)
-unsure about drilling through nickel plating/shroud
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DarthRondoudou
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2021, 11:33:36 AM »

I love Mace Windu's hilt. I love OWK's first hilt.
I probably won't buy the electrum wind. It's too far from canon for my tastes. Can't really help you on the natural weathering of this hilt.
I do own the nickel plated Guardian AND I LOVE IT!!!! I'm crazy about that particular hilt. It's totally worth the money. Although I can't help either about drilling holes in 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..

nunya
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2021, 12:16:01 PM »

I love Mace Windu's hilt. I love OWK's first hilt.
I probably won't buy the electrum wind. It's too far from canon for my tastes. Can't really help you on the natural weathering of this hilt.
I do own the nickel plated Guardian AND I LOVE IT!!!! I'm crazy about that particular hilt. It's totally worth the money. Although I can't help either about drilling holes in it =/
you are the reason i am in this predicament Wink - thanks for the feedback - point!
do you have any pictures of the nickel plating? i am not sure if the store listing shows that option or only the standard aluminum.
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nunya
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2021, 02:12:48 PM »

i found a great breakdown of the Electrum Wind - http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=32623.30
it answers the question about the grip - it is anodized metal.
Here is another showing a unique color - http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=46181.0 - i would hit purchase rtf now if i was guaranteed to get this color gold Shocked
This one - http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=45074.0 - had a review showing the placement of the recharge port - exactly where i would put the other switch (activation)
now i have another negative item - blade stability. Pixel blades are heavier than non-pixel and i still want that option.  i am considering the possibility to thread an emitter hole and paint/anodize a button-head retention screw.  this is not my favorite option because i like to use thumbscrews to hold the blade.

now to research the other one...tomorrow maybe
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DarthRondoudou
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2021, 08:28:41 AM »

you are the reason i am in this predicament Wink - thanks for the feedback - point!
do you have any pictures of the nickel plating? i am not sure if the store listing shows that option or only the standard aluminum.
Oops... Sorry... Not sorry =p
I'll make more pictures tomorrow.
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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 #5 on: September 17, 2021, 08:42:09 AM »

You can find some pictures there.
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=46932.msg793633#msg793633
And on this one you can see the regular aluminium and the nickel plated.
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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..

nunya
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Force Alignment: 58
Posts: 407



« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2021, 08:25:19 AM »

You can find some pictures there.
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=46932.msg793633#msg793633
And on this one you can see the regular aluminium and the nickel plated.


Very nice indeed!  thanks for the side by side - it helps to highlight the nickel plating. the contrast with the grip grooves should also make it apparent.  very cool look in this configuration.
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DarthRondoudou
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2021, 08:50:15 AM »

Very nice indeed!  thanks for the side by side - it helps to highlight the nickel plating. the contrast with the grip grooves should also make it apparent.  very cool look in this configuration.
Yeah, the grooves could have been enough, but I thought the other hilt made it more obvious.
I. LOVE. THAT. HILT.
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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..

nunya
Knight Captain
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Force Alignment: 58
Posts: 407



« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2021, 08:55:28 AM »

Yeah, the grooves could have been enough, but I thought the other hilt made it more obvious.
I. LOVE. THAT. HILT.
hope that did not come out wrong Sad
i think the the side by side was needed - it does help make the difference obvious.
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DarthRondoudou
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2021, 09:41:31 AM »

hope that did not come out wrong Sad
i think the the side by side was needed - it does help make the difference obvious.
It did not, don't worry! I actually thought that the grooves did show a difference. But I ended up thinking going big was better =D
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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..

nunya
Knight Captain
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Force Alignment: 58
Posts: 407



« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2021, 12:45:46 PM »

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More details to follow in a review video.  Short version is "UltraSabers crew was most impressive".
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