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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This is a great product. Easily increased the brightness of my sabers by around 30%--the one-inch blade was interchangeable with several hilts that I own, including hilts from other companies. In the future I'll want to work with Vader's Vault to ensure that I order deep-blue LEDs to get a nice, emerald green color like the ROTJ saber (with a regular shade of blue it comes out as an eerie, radioactive-looking lime green).
The shipment was delayed by a few days, but as usual VV's customer service was responsive and spot on. One of the best prop companies out there to deal with, and will definitely order from them again.
You can't get better anywhere else. Vader's Vault consistently provides the best in terms of blade quality. The blade distributes light as evenly as possible, and the shine is superior. The blade also looks amazing on camera, especially at night. Happy to be a customer!
I've only really just begun to experiement with this blade and it's effect on colors, but I already can't decide what color I want for my next saber dedicated to photon blade use. I'm fascinated by it's effect on orange.
I needed a nice green blade for my Clone Wars Master Luminara. This blade is better than I ever thought was possible.
It even looks great as a normal day blade.
I need more colors!!
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