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 Timothy Helbing on 22nd Aug 2017
The photon blade makes a night and day difference and really punches above its weight. It provides a much brighter looking blade in indoor and outdoor conditions. If you're buying a vader's vault saber then you absolutely should spend that little bit extra to get a photon blade, you won't be disappointed.
Posted by Daniel on 15th Aug 2017
Well its true, this blade using my tri cree set up with two blues and one green just made my saber the brightest ive seen in person. Truly worth the money if you love green and have even just one blue led. Also blade come straight as an arrow and diffusion film is cut perfectly which is awesome since it is not glued. A very high quality blade. I like how they finely sand the blade to help with the diffusion even more. Do yourself a favor and buy it already because now that i have it i wondered why i waited so long.
Posted by Eric Fuehrer on 3rd Aug 2017
While I can't comment on how the photon blade performs just yet as I don't have my saber, I can review my experience thus far with VV. The customer service at VV is exceptional and they are passionate about providing the best products on the market! I ordered the photon blade and received it within a week. VV has all my future business!!
Posted by Michael Watts on 22nd Jul 2017
They are being honest when they describe this as a bright blade. I have owned many sabers from many different shops. This blade produces the brightest green I have ever seen using a blue LED. Great purchase!
Posted by michael on 14th Jul 2017
This blade changes everything! It is very bright, even at the tip. Makes regular amber or green blades look ridiculous by comparison. Gotta love science!
Posted by Erick Puma on 6th Jul 2017
I was hesitant to buy one of this at first since it was only green. I do like that color for blades, but it seemed too limiting. But man, putting it on my Ardent Elite makes all so worth it. The brightness it gives cannot be caught by the camera. When they say in the videos this blade is in a whole new level, they mean it! Buy it and you wont regret it!
Posted by Ander1979 on 16th Jun 2017
Very bright, had to let my eyes adjust after the first time firing it up. Can't wait for more colors
Posted by Unknown on 29th May 2017
This blade is very bright on my 12w Deep Blue lightsaber and is well diffused, illuminating the entire blade from base to tip.
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 William Brockman on 20th May 2017
A bright and durable dueling blade i'm thoroughly enjoying and will be buying all my blades from Vaders vault in the future.
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