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Author Topic: Quick Blade Swap  (Read 161 times)
Darth Aethelmearc
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« on: March 03, 2023, 08:54:31 AM »

All in all, I'm happy with my Ultrasabers and this isn't even a complaint, just a wishlist item that I'm not sure how feasible it would be.

The hex screw does a good job of holding the blade in place (when the emitter is deep enough, not so good on the Archon v3.1), but it is a rather cumbersome way to install or remove the blade.
Does anyone think they might come up with a quick release or fast swap retention method so we no longer need the allen wrench and can add/remove/swap the blade on the go more rapidly?

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2023, 02:30:17 PM »

One company attempted a threaded blade that screwed into the emitter. But a lot of folks didn’t take to the idea because banging it around was thought to ruin the threading on blade and emitter…then where are you?

I’ve thought about a system like flexible plumbing pipes where you could pull back on the emitter and insert a notched blade. The problem there is would it be as secure a fit as the retention screws or would there be some degree of wobble? If so, then you’re looking at several problems, especially now with pixel blades and the pins getting too much wear and tear.

But the main problem I think would be cost. Because now there’s a multi-part, more complex emitter design—not to mention a new blade design to be compatible. Not saying this couldn’t work, or that someone won’t eventually come up with a variation on the theme. But it would need to be tested and may not work with all emitter designs even if it could be made secure.

That’s my best answer. And with the rising cost of everything, the bigger the price tag, the smaller the market. Which is already an issue for some saber companies that market to a fairly exclusive clientele, then wonder why sales drop when times get economically tough. Because they are dependent on a niche group who can afford their product within an already niche market to begin with. And in spite of what they say about the budget saber community now, you can go back years ago when there were only a few saber companies and they were saying the same thing then, simply because as a business they never diversified their line. Which is small business 101 so if one tier of the business starts to sink, you have other tiers that might help you stay afloat.

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Kelli Renae
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2023, 05:51:14 PM »

Maybe some sort of wingnut?  It would still be a form of the hex screw but you wouldn't need the wrench.  Another question with that is could you get/make one "low profile" enough that it won't detract from the appearance of your saber but still be usable...

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