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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7232

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My new baby came today! I've been planning to order this nagamaki style saber ever since I found out SF was going to release hilt extensions.
For those that are wondering about wait time, it took 10 weeks and 5 days from placing order to receiving order. This one was bought during the Christmas sale.
I was so excited, though. I've losing my mind cause I wanted this thing so bad. I named her before I even ordered her... like half a year ago :cheer:

Unfortunately, she arrived broken, so I have no illuminated photos. I haven't gotten to see the amber LED yet, but it still looks awesome, even without the blade lit up. (Still want her fixed though!) Just waiting for a reply from SF about it.









On another note, I am very happy to see my new blade. My other Infinity Blade was kinda defected. Looks like the tip wasn't completed screwed into the blade when the glue set so there is a very noticeable gap between the blade and the tip. The new one is perfectly flush, so that's awesome.



I hope y'all like her as much as I do. I'll post illuminated photos once she's working properly.
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7233

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Oh my god, what a saber you got there Miraluka! I think this is the most badass saber I've seen so far (and I've seen a lot of them)! That thing most be incredible to wield! I love how the end of the "spear" is the saber's pommel! Purely amazing!

Congratulations on your saber! You have a masterpiece, something to be proud of! We should create a "staff/spear" section in the review section! That "thing" deserves an awesome and complete review of its master haha!

I don't know if spear extensions are "available" for apprentice sabers! I will give it a look, since I always wanted to extend my staff to create what they call a "killer staff"! Hope you'll do a video of this beauty! I'm dying to see it in action!
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7242

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What a cool masterpiece !
This Nagamaki(as you know it means Ancient long grip greater Katana) style Viper provide you not only stunning look but also comfortable handling.
Thanks for good pics !

I also thought to attach extension for my first Venom, because its good looking claw may disturb handling.
But on the Etsy store, they don't have extension selling.

Please review again when you get "complete" her !
I wonder how her sound changes with extensions.
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7243

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That leather wrap looks great! Did they wrap it around a regular grenade grip, or is that a special hilt section to accommodate it?
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7244

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Very nice!

Is that a 37" blade, or the 32"? Just curious how long it is in total with the blade in.
Imagine what you will know tomorrow....
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7247

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Oh goodness that is beautiful. I haven't receive my first saber and yet now I feel like ordering another one. :D
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7249

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After seeing several recent deliveries arriving either not as ordered or unworking, I must admit it makes me worry about my saber that should be arriving this coming up week....
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7250

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Awesome! Hope you get it fixed soon. I have noticed that as well, Caalb, but I've also noticed SF is very quick to fix things. Hell, I've even seen a few that were happier with not getting exactly what they ordered. Lol.
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7257

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Awesome! Hope you get it fixed soon. I have noticed that as well, Caalb, but I've also noticed SF is very quick to fix things. Hell, I've even seen a few that were happier with not getting exactly what they ordered. Lol.

I've read that they are almost always great about making it right, and that is awesome, but the goal should be to deliver the right experience the first time. It saves everyone time, money and headaches.

That and their customer service seems sporadic at best...one day you can have a conversation with them, then you may not hear back from them for a week.

Don't mistake me, it seems like overall Saberforge is doing awesome work and has a client base that is overall extremely satisfied. Having attended university to study marketing and coming near the end of the completion of my degree program, I understand that the world of online reviews tends to contain only negative reviews, as often times customers that are satisfied with their service don't always feel motivated to go online and rant and rave about the product.
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7261

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Sadly, that is very true about the negative people. In pretty much all aspects of life, the negative ones are the more outspoken people, regardless of the often times larger satisfied group.
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7276

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Far out, dude. That thing's hefty as. Very Unique.
What'd you name her btw? I'm planning on naming my upcoming set of Sinister Prophecy's "Patience & Prudence".

Peace Bringer =]

Gyarados66 wrote:
That leather wrap looks great! Did they wrap it around a regular grenade grip, or is that a special hilt section to accommodate it?

Honestly, I'm not entirely sure. It doesn't look like it's wrapped around the v grooves because the grip is flush with the rest of the hilt. Phil originally said they could machine the viper body down and put a wrap on it but they would charge extra for the manual labor, or they could switch out the grip for a different hilt's wrap section. I wasn't too specific when I made the order, just told them I wanted a wrapped grip.
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Very nice!

Is that a 37" blade, or the 32"? Just curious how long it is in total with the blade in.

It's a 32" blade. From tip of blade to pommel she's a little over 61"
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After seeing several recent deliveries arriving either not as ordered or unworking, I must admit it makes me worry about my saber that should be arriving this coming up week....

This was my third SF order and it's the first one that was erroneous. I felt just like you, though. I was nervous that something would be wrong or not working. In this instance, it was both.
They got my note about the grip which is great, but I asked that my threads not get glued because I'm planning on a custom install in this hilt. Now the positive wire from the battery is disconnected and I could fix it in about 0.5 seconds but the threads are glued so I can't take it apart to reach the wire.

But I'm sure they get more orders right than wrong so try not to worry about it :cheer:
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Awesome! Hope you get it fixed soon. I have noticed that as well, Caalb, but I've also noticed SF is very quick to fix things. Hell, I've even seen a few that were happier with not getting exactly what they ordered. Lol.

I've read that they are almost always great about making it right, and that is awesome, but the goal should be to deliver the right experience the first time. It saves everyone time, money and headaches.

That and their customer service seems sporadic at best...one day you can have a conversation with them, then you may not hear back from them for a week.

Don't mistake me, it seems like overall Saberforge is doing awesome work and has a client base that is overall extremely satisfied. Having attended university to study marketing and coming near the end of the completion of my degree program, I understand that the world of online reviews tends to contain only negative reviews, as often times customers that are satisfied with their service don't always feel motivated to go online and rant and rave about the product.

I think the reason their customer service is sporadic is that Phil has certain days that he devotes to responding to customers on email and facebook. So if you contact them on that day when he's already answering people, you get a quick response, but you may have to wait a few days until he sits down to answer people, usually.

As far as messing up peoples orders go... well, yeah it would be nice if people always got their orders the right way. Maybe it's cause they're supposedly training new smiths? I dunno. All I can say is that normally I would probably be ticked about my order being messed up but I just love this damn thing too much to be mad. I want to get it fixed but even without the LED working, I've barely let this thing out of my hands since I got it.
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7355

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Miraluka wrote:
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That leather wrap looks great! Did they wrap it around a regular grenade grip, or is that a special hilt section to accommodate it?

Honestly, I'm not entirely sure. It doesn't look like it's wrapped around the v grooves because the grip is flush with the rest of the hilt. Phil originally said they could machine the viper body down and put a wrap on it but they would charge extra for the manual labor, or they could switch out the grip for a different hilt's wrap section. I wasn't too specific when I made the order, just told them I wanted a wrapped grip.

Just watched David's leather wrapped Venom review, and it appears they use the lower half of a Reliant.
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7357

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Gyarados66 wrote:
Miraluka wrote:
Gyarados66 wrote:
That leather wrap looks great! Did they wrap it around a regular grenade grip, or is that a special hilt section to accommodate it?

Honestly, I'm not entirely sure. It doesn't look like it's wrapped around the v grooves because the grip is flush with the rest of the hilt. Phil originally said they could machine the viper body down and put a wrap on it but they would charge extra for the manual labor, or they could switch out the grip for a different hilt's wrap section. I wasn't too specific when I made the order, just told them I wanted a wrapped grip.

Just watched David's leather wrapped Venom review, and it appears they use the lower half of a Reliant.

That makes sense! Otherwise the handle would get just too large if you consider adding a leather grip over the grenade style grip!
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7365

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That is seriously beautiful. I can't wait to see what it looks like once everything's been fixed!
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7367

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Since I know you're good with electronics Miraluka I bet you're gonna fix everything yourself? Or do you need to send it back to SF?

I've been hesitating for a long time about buying spear extensions or not! Your saber helped me make up my mind!

I'm gonna turn my Saberstaff into a Killer staff (Saber-Extension-Coupler (long)- Extension-Saber)! Mario told me that they're out of spear extensions for now though!They're supposed to receive more parts later this month! Looking forward to receiving them! An awesome review will follow!

Be sure to review your ''monster'' once it is working properly my friend!
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7379

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Yeah, I would repair it in a second if I could. The problem is that the threads are glued together so I can't unscrew the hilt in order to reach the broken joint.
The wire isn't long enough for me to pull it out of the pommel and that's the only part that unscrews.

I emailed saberforge asking them if I need to send it back or if they can give me advice on separating the threads. I'm guessing I'm probably going to have to send it back.

But yeah, I'm planning to install a new switch, recharge port and soundboard in this hilt once I'm able to open it up.
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Well, ladies & gentlemen... I'm sending my baby back to SaberForge tomorrow. I'll post photos when I get the new one.
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Well that's sad! At least they're fast on fixing problems so it shouldn't be too long before it comes back!
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7477

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I look forward to seeing it in working order when it comes back.
Imagine what you will know tomorrow....
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Not just any Viper 2 years 6 months ago #7498

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Yup, post that up when you get it back. I want to c what that looks like with the saber on :woohoo:
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