Well, I mentioned it in the prior post, but today I got email confirmation from Enrique Muyshondt himself--the Muyshondt Aeon is being discontinued. Here is the email from Enrique:
The Aeon is being discontinued, yes. I have a handful of parts left to
build a few more lights but that's the last of them. To be clear, this
doesn't preclude that one day it won't be re-introduced, but speaking from
today's vantage point I have no further plans at present for future
releases on it.
I will likely release a new light at some point in the not-so-distant
future but it will be unrelated and not intended to replace the Aeon. My
time is rather more precious these days and I am moving away from any kind
of small volume production and plan to just be doing small batches of
lights so that I can build and ship everything at once when it's
available, like what was done with the Mako - it's far more straight
forward that way.
I don't have any Mako AAAs available, unfortunately. They were a
relatively small batch of lights.
I'm glad to read that your Aeon is still seeing good use - the best place
for that light is on your keys. :) Also, I have noticed the black gunk
that you found at the bottom of the battery tube as well. I have no idea
what it is but it does come up sometimes - you can wipe the bottom of the
battery with any cloth, and the stuff on the negative contact in the case
will come off with a Q-Tip. If it's stubborn, alcohol will lift it.
If you have read this site for a while you will know how much I love this light. I have a lot of nice lights and access, thanks to kind makers and manufacturers, to a lot more. There is nothing that works better in an EDC role, in my opinion, than the Aeon. Its small size, super long runtimes, and plenty of output for its size makes it a great light. The dead simple, can't miss UI puts it over the top. Enrique made a light that is tougher than just about anything in the flashlight world and it is a light that uses top shelf materials in every facet of the light.
If you can find one out there, I strongly recommend picking one up. Even three years after its introduction there are no lights in its class that are better.