so, in doing some research, and talking to some other people who have products from both (and more), i'm leaning towards Saberforge. they have a modular system that allows you to assemble a relatively unique hilt from a variety of components, which are categorized as emitters, switches, bodies, and pommels. they have a lot of stuff out of stock at the moment, but i've been able to assemble a good looking hilt out of items they have in stock in the finish i want:http://www.saberparts.com/#!/configure? ... -126.96.36.199
oh, yeah, they have a 3-D preview site that allows you to build any combination you want! i'm not going to purchase electronics at this time, so it will be an empty hilt. they have what they call a 'day blade' - basically a colored version of their polycarbonate blade used with light effects (https://saberforge.com/collections/sabe ... ge-d-blade
) which i might include in the purchase. with the blade, the subtotal is $168 before shipping, so i might remove the blade from the cart... still not sure on that.