Behold the Tempest! Prepare to unleash a storm upon your foes with this sleek, elegant and super contoured dueler. A complex design consisting of convex and concave lines as well as a deeply scalloped and vented emitter and bullet pommel. This saber seems to conform to your hand upon holding it and takes the comfort level of our Combat Class and bumps it up to eleven. This saber flows through your hands like liquid awesome as you go through your move set. With no hard edges to catch on your fingers and hands, you won't want to put it down. All the best designs in life are based on curves, from sports cars, to aircraft, and this hilt brings that convention to the saber world.
Posted by Jess on 7th Apr 2017
This is my first saber and I'm seriously impressed with it! I liked the look of the Tempest online, but I wasn't prepared to love it more in person. Very light saber and beautifully designed. It's nice and loud and the weathering I got on it looks great. Can't wait to try it with stunts and combat! Overall, wonderful saber! Definitely elegant and dignified, if that's what you're looking for. Totally would buy from Vader's Vault again. They did an excellent job with this one.
Posted by Ryan McNeese on 12th Jan 2017
What can I say? This is one of the coolest and simple designs I have seen and it works so perfect as a one handed saber. It's sleek but elegant. I couldn't have asked for a cooler saber. In my own person opinion, get it with a wrap... it's twice as amazing!
Posted by Alvin on 1st Dec 2016
There's a lot to say about this one.
I'll focus mainly on the hilt here since we all [should] know how great the brightness and volume are already.
This hilt came with RGB Suncrusher in Mirror Polish 'weathering'. This thing looks extremely sleek. It reminds me of the Naboo Starfighter without the yellow. I intend to use this for duelling and spinning despite the mirror polishing. Speaking of mirror polishing, the window in the emitter gives off a really nice bling, especially with mixed colors (primarily purple). At least it did for me.
In terms of heft/weight, it's quite light. If this were to be used in duelling, I'd imagine this as a fencing-style rapier, or a Chinese straightsword.
In terms of handling, its lightness makes spinning flow very gracefully and intuitively. It's like the blade wants to spin and follow through. The balance point is about 4 inches above the emitter so spinning is more suitable than stabbing motions if you're thinking of duelling in a fencing style (not that it can't be done).
If there's one thing I'd like to point out, be aware that the edges towards the tip of the emitter can be sharp. You won't likely hurt yourself at all unless you purposely try to, but just keep that in mind. It's also more likely to dent if impacted against something.
Posted by ThunderKrunk/Blood Angel (Bay Area Nerf) on 21st Oct 2016
The saber ended up smaller than I expected. Which is fine because it is for my wife. It is small, very light, and very loud. I am very impressed with it this far. I have over a dozen sabers from Ultrasabers, SaberForge, KyberLight, HHCLS, and a few other places and this is one of the best. Very thin, light, small, and very loud. It's brightness is about on par with the +12w SF, but I cannot do a straight comparison because I don't have any other sabers in pink (other than KyberLight but that's not even a contest; Kyberlight is not bright). I have to do more testing, but first impressions are telling me this is easily my loudest saber.
I am definitely going to buy at least one more saber from here. BTW order 2 Mar 2016 and received 17 Oct 2016. About 7.5 months from order to door.
Posted by Foe Hammer on 28th Sep 2016
This was my first VV saber purchase and OMG what an incredible first impression. I was totally blown away by the quality of the saber, not to mention the FUN factor and the amazing customer service. WOW! VV is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. The saber is flawless and oh my is it LOUD! An amazing experience, I will be back for more. A big THANK YOU to Alan, Deanna, and the rest of the VV crew. If you are considering ordering a saber from VV - do not hesitate, show you wallet no mercy! Totally worth it and then some.
Posted by Paul on 27th May 2016
I'm thrilled with the saber they made me, it looks and feels wonderful in your hand.
Posted by Jamie on 11th May 2016
Got the Tempest as a stunt saber for the combat team I'm on and I couldn't be happier! It's perfectly balanced, light weight, and probably one of the brightest sabers I've seen! Definitely recommend this to anyone looking. On a side note, if there is any debate about the best saber company out there, let it be know that the crew at VV built a lightsaber for a very special little boy coping with terminal bone cancer. It brought him more joy than you can imagine. For that reason alone, I'll never buy a saber from anyone else again.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Mar 2016
This hilt is made to be wielded with one hand. Not that it can't be held with two hands for powerful swings, there's room on the hilt, but the design caters to a one-handed style. The tapered middle and end make the lower half of the saber feel like a rapier, and it moves like one too. At just over 10 inches long, the weight center is closer to the bottom of the hilt, meaning that one-handed wielding no longer means sacrificing power in your attacks. You are also allowed a full range of wrist motions (as opposed to a longer, heavier hilt which, when held with one hand closer to the emitter, can cause the butt of the hilt to collide with your wrist).
The sound quality is phenomenal. The vented pommel allows enough room for the sound to reverberate and amplify while still dispersing it in all directions. Depending on preference, you may want to calibrate the swing sounds to a higher sensitivity, but they still sound great.
I would not buy this purely for display. There were several minor scuffs and scratches in the hilt upon arriving. (By "minor" I mean that they were visible but not tangible, and no wider than a needle. You could not feel any sort of indentation or imperfection, just see it.) These are most likely just a consequence of the machining process, which is to be expected. I planned to do some weathering of my own, so these did not bother me in the slightest. However if you want a Tempest just to display, you may want to spend the extra money on the more-polished Elite.
All in all, I couldn't be happier with my purchase. This may be the most comfortable saber on the market.
Posted by jonathan on 18th Feb 2016
I have handled various models from other makers and none can even come close to what the Tempest offers. speed, agility, dexterity, durability, sleek, ergonomic and elegantly designed. Its a saber duelist's dream come true. The weight and balance is perfect for what I need to perform Krabi Krabong swordfighting at a fast pace. Thankyou Vader's Vault!
Posted by Joe on 3rd Aug 2014
Saber is a true dueling and spinning saber in everyway. Its slim and lack of ribs mid section make it a dream to spin.
sound of the CS2 is loud and crisp and the addition of lockup and blaster block and color changing ia RGB is a welcomed addition over the CS1 models. The constant blade shimmer and legacy FOC is most impressive and really ties things all together. Also fine tuning the sensitivity is another great prek too.
Full in depth review with pics here