We, Padawan and myself, took the plunge and purchased lower-end sabers from Ultra Saber, LLC. We came across this maker of prop and dueling lightsabers when we met the gentlemen representing the company at the Western Washington Fair. After some investigation, and collecting of necessary discretionary cash, we each purchased blades to be used specifically for night parades where 'light-ups' are required. I chose the Standard Issue Battle Saber v3 (shown below). Padawan chose the Aeon saber.
Ordering was easy and quick. We chose the mid-grade blades, and no bells and whistles; basic sabers for parades and photo shoots, although I did upgrade to the arctic blue blade for an extra $5. (The cost, even with shipping, of both of these sabers was less than one of the blades we purchased from SaberForge a while back.) We ordered these on a Wednesday, received timely email confirmation and shipping information, and had them in-hand the following Monday.
From the second I ripped into the package, I was thrilled. The blade is not rigid/hard, but of thinner outer material, seemingly more flexible and featuring a silver interior, which I'm liking. The light is mostly consistent throughout the blade, fading a bit in the center, but not extreme. It is secured in the hilt with an easy single screw; we purchased the 'blade retention screw wrench' for an extra buck.
The Battle Issue hilt is a bit thicker than the Aeon hilt, and is brushed as opposed to the shiny Aeon. As far as balance, I think the Battle Issue is balanced a smidge better, but there is not a huge amount of difference between the two. Both are wonderfully balanced for twirling and dueling. They both have a good 'hand feel', and the length of the hilt and blade together is good. The switch, as you can see in the photo, is a shielded switch, which was an issue with our last saber purchase (which came without a shielded switch). We also requested covertec wheels be attached, which was done flawlessly for minimal cost.
You could easily trick these up; these basic hilts are the perfect starting point. Personally, I like a more sleek saber, and will be proud to troop with this product just as it is.
|Standard Issue Battle Saber v3|
|with attached covertec wheel|