mobile1, yes I thought the rods were one piece all the way actually, so I'm guessing that they end up finished differently at the front as a result of the assembly process or do they just look like that in the photos? Don't be mistaken, I think they still look great!
Great pics by both Amorphous & Stillphoto (once again living up to his name). I hope I can find the time to make some nice photos that this light deserves.
Free, maybe you could ask *ChocolateLab33 if she can make some of her beautiful custom-made leather holsters for it.
* Sorry, that should be GadgetGirl.