I just spoke with MH. The hilts were sent off to the Anodizer today and the deposit has been paid. That was the hold-up. We have inquired at 20+ anodizing companies and our job is always "too small" or "we'll fit it in when we can". This should help us to move quickly once they come back (MH can add the timeframe that was promised to him).
As to CFX, yes these will have CFX. I am sure that They can be the pixel version instead of tri-cree if folks want, but a blade would not be included (although I'm sure we can make them available if folks want them). I have not spoken to MH about this option, but I will do so and we'll iron that detail out with everyone once the hilts are anodized.
FYI, Jango will be assisting MH and I in the build process to expedite the orders as soon as the hilts are ready for install.