Ray skin bar tape ?

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I was into cork bar tape. it's cushy but I have been finding it expensive and fragile. So I got some Brooks leather tape. It feels good and is very durable but even more expensive.
SO I have been thinking Ray skin like on the Samurai swords. It would be even more expensive again but from what I have read you would probably only have to wrap your bars once for the life of the bike. Barring crashes of course.
I found this on another bike form,
http://www.primitiveways.com/processing_sharkskin.html
But I don't think I want to skin my own fish. Whatta you all use on your bars ?

TODO