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Shoto Bastion warrior V1 arctic blue 5 months 4 weeks ago #78340

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Hey I'm the first one to post a shoto review.
Not sure I've ever had such an honor in a forum before.

Just got a shoto bastion in a mystery box.




I'll be adding more pics but here is one to start with.

I'll go through the good, the bad and really there's nothing ugly about it so I'll skip that section.

Good:
1) it's just as attractive as the full size bastion. So, if you like that one then you'll like how this one looks. It's a very clean design that doesn't look like a larger hilt reduced down in a cartoonish or comical way (think chibi). Also love the 4 sets of 5 slotted windows. That's the hottest part of the design.
2) ok, it looks good how does it feel when wielding it? I'll start with the good and then transition to the bad. The circumference is very comfortable. It feels about the same as an escrima/kali stick if you've ever used one of those. With a 26" blade it's well balanced with the point of balance right at the switch or a tad bit higher. The covertech wheel for me acts as a stop from my hand sliding back so when I'm spinning it the covertech really locks my hand in and it feels much more secure.

The bad:
Now on to the bad. There is only one thing that bothers me but it is a big issue. When gripping at the point of balance that usually means holding on tight with thumb and forefinger right by the switch. The design has these cool looking cut outs that are really uncomfortably sharp. The tighter you hold on the more painful it becomes. This is definitely no bueno.

The TL:DR
Looks hot, hurts when spinning.
single hand wielding only, no room for 2nd hand.
Current SF Sabers: Aeon V1 Mint Green, Vengeance QC Cyan
Mystery Box Loot: champion exhalted in indigo with energy vibration upgrade, shoto bastion
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Shoto Bastion warrior V1 arctic blue 5 months 4 weeks ago #78347

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Good review! Nice saber!

I believe they were intended to be a one handed saber, so no room for a two-handed grip is kind of a given. As for the sharp edges, short of using a fine grit sandpaper to smooth them, you will find gloves are your friend in this regard.
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Shoto Bastion warrior V1 arctic blue 5 months 4 weeks ago #78356

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I ordered one of these with a powder coating and I suspect it'll be here early-mid October. I'll be curious if the coating makes it more comfortable. Thanks for the review!
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Shoto Bastion warrior V1 arctic blue 5 months 4 weeks ago #78357

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Thanks for the review! That's good to know about the sharp bits by the switch area, sounds bad. But, as Brax said, sandpaper takes care of that. ;)
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Shoto Bastion warrior V1 arctic blue 5 months 4 weeks ago #78376

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scifidude79 wrote:
Thanks for the review! That's good to know about the sharp bits by the switch area, sounds bad. But, as Brax said, sandpaper takes care of that. ;)

If memory serves, the Bastion shares this trait, as do a few sabers in the line-up. However, with a little elbow grease, it is manageable. I still maintain, that for the price, these sabers are just fantastic!
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Shoto Bastion warrior V1 arctic blue 5 months 4 weeks ago #78379

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It's all good. A little sanding isn't bad. I still like the Bastion shoto, in fact I like it a little better than the full size version.
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Shoto Bastion warrior V1 arctic blue 5 months 4 weeks ago #78418

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Forgot to mention the arctic blue color is soooo amazing! I have a cyan saber and a mint green one both colors are great but the arctic blue is by far my favorite.
Current SF Sabers: Aeon V1 Mint Green, Vengeance QC Cyan
Mystery Box Loot: champion exhalted in indigo with energy vibration upgrade, shoto bastion
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Shoto Bastion warrior V1 arctic blue 5 months 4 weeks ago #78419

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Nice! AB is a very cool blue color.
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Shoto Bastion warrior V1 arctic blue 3 months 4 weeks ago #81083

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Execute66 wrote:
Nice! AB is a very cool blue color.
I see what you did there! B)
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Shoto Bastion warrior V1 arctic blue 1 month 3 days ago #84499

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lovely saber! now this made me think for a deep blue shoto bastion!
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