The ultimate is probably the Mad Dog Frequent Flyer, made out of Kevin's proprietary "gripstuff" related to G10 fiberglas but better.
There's one custom maker who came up with a REAL slick idea: use a G10 core blade and tip but attach ceramic cutting edge inserts about 3" long on the main cutting edge.
The idea was to combine the strength of G10 with the slicing ability of ceramic. Damned if I can remember the maker...I wanna say Boye but I don't think that's right.
Timmy, I know what you're up to...you go to concerts a lot. Somebody explained that your handle is a GWAR reference? Assuming you're the type who does NOT jump into fights at random or get wacky on chemicals, I actually *approve* of packing along a "little friend". My brother was at the last rap concert the Oakland, CA arena ever had, the one where the 72nd street Bloods went on a complete apesh|t riot. Him, his buddy and a couple of security guards fought a pitched battle up along one of the upper corridors at a chokepoint, trying to hold 'em off while the section they were in cleared out, then fought a classic "retreat in order" down two staircases.
Ambulances were lined up around the block.
Besides fiberglas/plastic types, you should also think about obsidian "Flinstones replica" stuff, such as what AG Rusell sells ( http://www.agrussell.com/whiteriver/index.html
- at the moment, the only ones they've got have "extra fancy" grips but I've seen many with plain antler grips for around $100 or less. These suckers cut like nothing you've ever seen, they're like serrated scalpels. Some fool might laugh at you until you carve him some new plumbing with it.
The other main commercial option is ceramic. The ultimate in combat-grade ceramics is Mad Dog, end of story. Everybody else's is too brittle.
You can also carve up your own NASTY stuff with plexiglas and a dremel tool...use cordwrap for the grip. That'll be mostly a stab-only type of thing but...yuck. It'll work.
[This message has been edited by Jim March (edited 01 June 1999).]