ZDP-189 sanmai ATS-34 is my favourite steel. It is a powder steel made by Hitachi. It features a very fine grain structure. With the right heat treat it gets scary sharp and holds the sharpness for a long time. For sharpening, it’s not more difficult than other steel as S30V, D2,etc.
For those dress up knives I like to use Damasteel. Damasteel is a stainless Damascus made from RWL-34 and PMC-27. The later is similar to 12C27.
G10 is an epoxy sealed, woven-glass composite reinforced with glass fiber. Its even stronger than Micarta
Now I have G-10 color in black, blue, forest green, olive green, jade green, black/blue, black/green, black/tan, black/orange, red, orange, yellow, tan, gray, coyote brown, green digit Camo., silver twill
and Moon Glow.
Carbon fibre is a material comparable with Micarta and G10. But the resin is reinforced with woven carbon fibre. Its extremely light.
Micarta is a phenolic resin reinforced with layers of paper or cloth. Its very strong and stable. I have it in ivory micarta.