Can't hardly recommend against the AS Laser, great knife.
The handle is, I believe, rosewood and ebony ferrule. A handle that should stand the test of time a lot more so than a ho wood handle.
As Mark noted, the Takeda is also very nice.
Depending on your budget, there could be other knives. I'm not sure what draws you to the AS Laser though, so suggesting other knives would be totally at random.