Powerful and intense. Two words that can barely contain the level of awesome this saber exudes. Every inch of it detailed and balanced, from the forked emitter that is slightly over bored at the end to allow the glow from the blade escape better. To the two coin edged, bridge pieces connecting the forks, the asymmetrical concave choke, the milled details around the main switch area, the super comfortable grip bar that spans over a luxurious piece of glove quality lambskin leather, all the way down to the tapered pommel with spiral cut sound vents resulting in our loudest Combat Class saber to date. The Maelstrom Blackout includes a cloak of flat black powdercoating on the main surface area, leaving the details to shine through in bare aluminum for stunning contrast. The Maelstrom Blackout can be all things to all wielders and is nearly unmatched in balance and comfort.
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I started getting into the hobby of saber collecting after my first trip to Disney World. If you've gotten your hands on a Disney saber before, you know they can be impressive, but still a little lackluster. Enter Vader's Vault who was ready to blow away all expectations.
The Maelstrom is the perfect unique saber that I could have started my customs collection with. The saber took 7 1/2 months of wait time, though considering this was during the COVID epidemic and me adding on some heat-bluing and weathering last second, this was a reasonable wait time for a refined product.
The Maelstrom feels tight in the hand with its brass-knuckle-style grip and a smooth leather handle. The saber has many comfortable gripping points, while still being a solid 1-hander. Balanced and lightweight, the Maelstrom still feels like a force to swing around, while retaining a visage of viciousness.
This being my first VV saber, it seemed overwhelming from afar attempting to understand how the CF-X would work. No way. I got my saber and was easily able to understand the saber's functions, while each discovery was like a fun little surprise that I wasn't prepared for. Learning how to activate music on the saber was a wonderful unexpected prize.
I purchased my saber with heavy weathering and heat-bluing. This wasn't merely painted on or hastily done like other companies. Instead, the saber has a true worn look to it, as though harsh heat had been directly applied to its metal fanged tip while dirt, grime, and corrosion, have inflicted the rest of the saber in its grooves and edges. Exactly how I wanted i, though the beauty of VV's lightsabers can certainly be found without the tarnish.
The electronic placement of the saber could not be any better. I could not believe how LOUD this saber was at first, nor how bright! The quality of the plethora of sound effects is harmonized out of its gun-barrel shaped pommel, allowing the sound to flow just enough for incredible harmonics. The blade I purchases was a Plecter Pixel and its vibrancy is unparalleled. Although the blade itself does have a few dark spots, I am still overall impressed by the rapid ability to change colors and effects at will.
Meanwhile, the blade's integrity is as advertised. I have only been in two high-speed duels against another mid-class saber, and not once did I fear about the blade breaking or bending. The lights and sounds were responsive with every clash, while the simple retention screw kept the blade firmly in place.
It is hard for me to find negative things to say about my first VV saber. Although many aspects of the saber were easy to discover, further customization became a little bit of a headache. VV does include an incredibly detailed and long manual going over the saber's features. Though, the vast amount of information can be a tad overwhelming to the computer illiterate like myself. Perhaps simplified video tutorials could be a possibility in the future? It will only make me want to purchase more!
Still, even after making my errors, Vader's Vault was faster than a blaster bolt at responding to my questions while remaining patient with me. To that I thank them.
I have zero regrets about my purchase and will be making many more with Vader's Vault in the years to come. Showing this trinket off to my friends made them jealous beyond words (even to the non-Star Wars fans!). Hopefully, I would love to gain a custom etched Maelstrom Elite in the future, as there are plenty of room for further enjoyment.
This is the best saber I have ever owned, the quality and craftmanship is second to none, the sound quality combined with the pixel blade will leave you stunned, from a dueling and spinning stand point these are so comfortable to hold, whether you prefer to wield one handed, two handed or even two at the same time. If you are on the fence about this saber, do yourself a favor and go for it, you will not regret it.
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