The Ardent™, a fresh take and Vader's Vault spin on traditional design themes. Our first true "Thin Neck" Combat Class saber, we took extra care that while giving the look, balance and feel of the thin neck, we didn't sacrifice the duel worthy durability of the Combat Class. Meant for the active saberist, this saber is balanced and comfortable, melding with the wielder's hand like it was meant for them since birth. The emitter is packed with detail, from the elegant rounded rings at the crown, to the 4 sets of light emitting 'gill slits' in the center. The engraved detail around the switch area offers an asymmetrical catch for the eye. Just enough to give the area some contrast. The middle v-grooved grip provides a non-slip surface in a traditional fashion. The rear, vertically milled 'booster' section offers an off-set to the v-grooved grip. The pommel stands out as a very familiar power cell design with raised cubes, but in a non obtrusive, unique placement, complete with wide sound vents for great volume and resonance control. This entire saber screams elegance, and power. Get yours today!
Posted by Aaron on 4th Apr 2017
Let me start out by saying that I rarely, and I mean RARELY, write reviews for products, services, etc. I can count the number of reviews I've ever written over the years on 1 hand. This alone should speak to my experience and satisfaction with Vader's Vault. But, I'm not a very concise person either so I'm about to write a short book to further convey those things.
I first found out about the custom saber community when a friend mentioned an ad they saw on Facebook for one of Vader's Vaults competitors. As is my habit, I started to research these custom sabers, the several companies making them (large and small), and many other facets extensively. After this was all done I had no doubt in my mind that IF I did spend my money on a saber (I'm not a rich guy by any means) that it would definitely be from Vader's Vault. I through the idea around for months, trying to talk myself out of it, until one day I had a moment of frivolty and bought one. I don't regret it one bit, in fact I am rejoicing!
I ordered an Ardent with a dedicated green suncrusher and fairly minimal options/customizations otherwise (silver button w/ green light-ring around it, covertech wheel). I would have went bigger and requested more unique custom features but could not afford to. Not that this was necessary at all; even a plain Ardent is a thing of absolute beauty, just as every other saber I've seen from Vader's Vault. The hilt is perfectly machined with absolutely no rough spots at all, nor any errors in spacing, patterns, etc. I cannot find a single fault and fault-finding is my specialty. The soundcard (Crystal Shard 3.0) and speaker are very powerful and deliver sound fidelity true to the films (there are 3 included "sound fonts" and 2 of them remind me very, very much of lightsabers in the films, specifically Luke's in ROTJ and Vader's in TESB and ROTJ). I use Luke's as it fits for my green saber, however, if I had gotten the color-changing RGB option it would be a moment of pure joy and amazement to ignite a red blade to the sound of the Vader-like sound font. It's spot on.
When I ignited this saber for the first time, even though I've seen all the movies fairly recently and upteen times each as an adult, I was transported to my childhood and felt like a kid again. The amazement with the saber and it's technology, the believability of the incredibly bright blade, mixed with the nostalgia factor, was almost too much (but in a good way). I regret nothing about this purchase and would gladly buy more from Vader's Vault if I could. Maybe someday again.
Speaking of them... I had a few questions for them before and after my purchase. I found a community page on Facebook where Vader's Vault has a great reputation and strong presence. Then I got the idea to try asking them on there instead of calling. Deanna answered all my questions fully within minutes after hours and, on one occasion, on a Sunday evening (which is probably the last time I'd want to deal with customer questions if I was running any business).
Lastly, I mentioned in the title that I received my saber earlier than expected... I was told, and community discussion confirms, that it is not uncommon that Vader's Vault sabers can take 26-32 weeks to arrive and in some cases even longer. Well, Deanna also said that they were working on cutting down those wait times when I spoke to her. I wanted to believe that but decided not to get my hopes up too much; I decided to wait it out patiently, thinking to myself that the longer I wait the more exciting it will be when I finally get it. Not at all! Believe me, I was as excited as I can get when I received a shipping confirmation notice after just 13 weeks after the order and received the saber 2 days later.
100% satisfied customer here. Thanks to everybody at Vader's Vault, especially Deanna for fielding all my questions at ungodly hours. My best to you guys!
Posted by Unknown on 16th Nov 2016
My very first experience has been the best. And not going to lie, so was the waiting. My order was a back order of a back order so I knew that I had a while. But once it came it was that much more gratifying to receive! The Saber and all of it's components came in perfect conduction. It sounds wonderful and has an easy to use interface. For both adding sounds and changing through them in mid duel. If you need quality looking saber and pay for what you get, VV is the place for you!
Posted by Robin Sanders on 9th Oct 2016
The quality was well worth the wait very satisfied
Posted by Erwin Jonaso on 2nd Sep 2016
I ordered a custom ardent with light weathering and leather wrap, the result is a beautiful saber with a rustic feel to it, and definitely worth the wait!
As soon as i got the saber I put it to work right away, light dueling, spinning, the balance is amazing, it's bright and loud!. I christened the saber by taking it to the Fan Expo Canada without the blade as an accessory and even then just hanging from my belt people actually noticed, and few stopped to ask questions.
Definitely happy with the purchase, and for those who are thinking about the wait time, get it and be patient, trust me it's well worth the wait.
Posted by Jon Brookman on 16th Aug 2016
I just received my Ardent lightsaber right before I had to go to a comic con. Thanks to the producers of the saber they were able to get it to me on time and in pristine condition. I had many people stop me to take pictures of me with it turned on because it was very bright and in fact I stumbled upon a competitor from saberforge and let him see the weapon. He said "Wow this is really lightweight" as he worked it in a couple flourishes.
After I let him check the weapon out he got kind of snobby and chose not to associate with me afterwards because you could see the difference in brightness between his blade and mine. I'm totally impressed what the workmanship and durability of the Ardent and highly recommend it.
Posted by Jess Garcia on 7th May 2016
I was very happy with the overall quality of this saber. It is surprising how small the hilt feels in your hand. It really feels great. Alan and Deanna were very patient with my questions and handled the transaction very professionally.
Posted by TOMMY CHONG on 29th Mar 2016
waited a long time to get my hands on this lovely thin neck saber, ARdent. the build quality and the electronics inside are top notched. the hilt fits in your hand nicely and spinning it is awesome. i only wish the hilt was a bit heavier so i can use a thicker wall blade so it be more balanced. so far this is the best saber i own.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Feb 2016
Once again I am overjoyed with another Vader's Vault saber. I already have my next saber ordered, and after several purchases now I cannot recommend them enough for their craftsmanship, pricing, and customer service. If you are in the market for a quality product from a group of people that hold their integrity and customer satisfaction above all else, then you won't be disappointed.
Posted by Jorge Lindley on 18th Jan 2016
My fiancé bought this for me as a Christmas gift and it has easily met all my expectations. She requested a speedy delivery so that it arrived in time for Christmas and they got it done, we're very pleased with their service. The saber is clearly of very high quality, every surface has a perfect finish. I'm very impressed with the brightness and volume and it has held up to some light duelling with no problems. The only difficulty I've had is changing the battery as it has a very tight fit, although I appreciate this is necessary for duelling durability. Overall, this is a fantastic saber and it's the best gift I've ever received!
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Dec 2015
Thinking of the perfect Christmas gift for my boss (one of those men who has everything) is so hard every year, and by some chance I thought for fun of a light saber due to the current Star Wars mania. But Vader's Vault's light saber is so beautiful, so professional, so REAL, it was a BIG hit. He has 3 young kids and IMMEDIATELY he wanted to buy them for the entire family. His son found all the sounds and quickly figured out the intricacies; they are mounting it to their wall. And ALAN, the MAN, was able to expedite it so that I could give it to my boss at our Xmas party. Can't say enough good things...well worth every penny!!!