What is the Photon Blade™? Several months ago a gentleman on the forums came out of nowhere to showcase his experiments with photo-reactive material, in his case, acrylic blades, and how they amplify and alter wavelengths. Basically, it works like a diode laser, taking in one wavelength of light, exciting the photons in the lasing medium then emitting a whole new, brighter wavelength of light. In this case, the first color that was a success was the Photon Green. We worked closely with Tim at TCSS and took what we learned from Mr. Lee's experiments with acrylic and applied it to Poly Carbonate extrusions. It took some work, but the results were mind blowing. It has limits: You have to like green blades.
The Photon Blade™ takes a Blue LED and uses that wavelength of light to excite the photons in the dye which converts the color to a super bright, eerie "Rakghoul" green. Regular, or light blue works the best, but any blue will give the effect. It has a unique aura and corona that I've never seen in a lightsaber blade. It is truly unique and will stand out among other green blades. Depending on your set up, it will also be visible in direct sunlight. The UV rays in sunlight actually help amplify this effect and combine with the blade light. Will it look as impressive as it does under normal indoor lighting? No, but you can tell the whole blade is glowing, and you can even see the flicker and Flash on Clash effects. What does all this mean? It means that with the lighting tech we ALREADY have, you can have the brightest green blade in a production saber just by using this blade. There is about a 30% increase in brightness just from changing the blade on our normal RGB Suncrusher LED. Not only that, but it will look different than any other green saber you own or have seen.
What's the catch? It's currently only in green. Tim and I are working on other colors but it takes time for the R&D. Once this limited run sells out, we will order a larger batch so that Tim can have the raw stock at TCSS and you can buy completed, dual diffused blades from us at VV. Price for a completed Photon Blade™ will be $45 + shipping. Here are some pics though keep in mind, the camera doesn't quite pick up on the unique 'glow' these blades have and the video camera HATED it and was constantly compensating for the brightness increase when I would turn it on. There are two outside shots, one in the full sun, the second in some slight shade.
*NOTE: We do NOT glue our blade diffusion film to the blade. Please be careful when removing the dust cap, and when removing the blade from your saber not to allow the film to fall out. When we first entered this industry, we had noticed several of our competitors glued the film into their blades and had creasing/krinkling of the film right at the point where the blade flexes the most. Saber blades flex, even when just swinging or spinning around. If you keep the film stationary and the blade flexes, the film will crease. Not gluing the film in allows the film to spiral in on itself and flex with the blade. When we developed our blades, we chose not to glue our film in and it turned out that the film will last much longer without creasing. After many hundreds of blades, we can say that this method allows for a long lasting, even blade. We have blades in the house that have seen years of use with no creasing. The only thing is, you have to take care when removing the blade not to let the film drop out and use your included dust cap to keep dust out, and the film in.
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Posted by Darth Pastrami on 24th May 2017
Other companies sell photon blades, but do not be fooled. The VV blade is insanely bright, very evenly lit, and so vivid in color that it transforms your idea of how good a 3 LED saber can look. You'd almost swear it's a string blade by the beautifully blinding green light. If you want to know why VV is a bit more pricy at first glance, it's because they do not cut corners to meet competitive retail prices. They do competitively amazing work at reasonable prices, You would be surprised how a $500 hilt can feel better, handle batter, sound better, and also duel far better than a hilt twice as much or 10x as much, if that $500 hilt is a VV saber. I only wish VV offered some of the crazy cool hilt designs that cost thousands of bucks like they used to.
Posted by Rip Winkler on 25th Apr 2017
If you like green, I've never seen a brighter, more evenly lit blade than the Photon with a BBW sun crusher. It has to be seen to be believed. That is all.
Posted by Darth More on 9th Feb 2017
This blade is the brightest that i have ever seen! Amazing, in full dark makes my eyes tearing. Thank You guys, i cant wait for the next type of photon blade. By
Posted by Unknown on 13th Jan 2017
I got my photon blade in the mail, and naturally had to go fit it to my light saber. It happened to be programmed to blue... I might have spent a good few minutes giggling with glee, ok so maybe it was more like cackling. But it looked amazing. I decided to cycle through the other colors on my light saber. Unfortunately my previous favorite yellow doesn't look as good with this blade, but I had a happy surprise with the pink color. (If you get this blade try out a pink. It looks great.)
But back to the blue: fabulous green color. Full length of the blade with no dimming like you have with regular blades.
The only problem, it's too pretty.
Posted by David McLeod on 3rd Jan 2017
Reviews for this blade are not overexaggerated. With my cyan RBBG LEDengin running 1000ma, this thing is so bright you almost can't stare straight at it. Quite visible in daylight, and blinding at night, all while looking better than my green LED saber w/ a standard corbin blade. I truly hope Vader's Vault and Tim can figure out a similar solution for blue and red blades as well. If you want a green blade, I cannot recommend this enough.
Posted by Robert Feller,III on 8th Dec 2016
I'm not really a green blade lover but using the photon blade is pretty cool. I've seen countless reviews about them and I figured I'd give it a try. I popped the blade into my rgb Dark Acolyte and I was amazed at how much brighter it was from the standard green. I don't know if its my eyes messing with me but I think the red led is brighter with the photon blade.
Posted by Unknown on 1st Nov 2016
It would be remiss for anyone reading this who fancies themselves a true saber fan to not own one of these blades. Super cool and unlike any other effect. Feels like you are swinging real plasma. Works best with blue leds but also enhances green leds.
Posted by Unknown on 31st Oct 2016
This is the greatest looking blade I have ever seen. Looks really good with my blue sun crusher.
Posted by sebastian on 31st Oct 2016
the brightest blade that I own!!! I mean is so amazing bright and the color is so full !!!!!!!!! if you looking for the brightest blade this is it!!! trust me go for it you want be disappointed. Video pictures don't do justice you have to see it for your self.
Posted by Josh T. on 30th Oct 2016
These look great with a light blue, but that being said, all the colors make it look a little different to their normal look, except red. That still looks red. Overall fantastic blade.
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