So, I want to build a hiking staff/combination-tool-from-hell for outdoorsy use. Primary uses will be: - hiking staff (w/all associated tasks) - camera monopod (not attached to camera; will have a V- or cradle-type rest on top) - rescue myself tool (if I fall in a shallow well or punch through a partially frozen river/lake) - high-speed club or keep-your-distance tool for 2-legged/4-legged critter defense - reaching hook for snagging stuff that needs snagging/retrieving Approximate dimensions are 1" in diameter by 67"-72" long (longer tubes can be cut-down). Wants: - as lightweight as possible, consistent with VERY high durability in all intended uses (as I have an ongoing rotator-cuff injury on my dominant/primary-use side) - non-reflective finish (could be bead/grit blasted or just painted/coated) - resistance to denting (when swung like a baseball bat) - resistance to bending/folding-in-half when stressed at the midpoint - fairly easy to drill by hand for adding bolt-on accessories My initial thought was to use Titanium tubing, but there are many available wall thicknesses and I have no idea how thick I need to go to get the best balance between light weight, strength, dent resistance and bending resistance. Cost is a factor with Ti, but I'll drop $200+ on the basic tube if it meets most of my needs and wants. It appears to be available in wall thicknesses from .0280" to .0880" in the 1" diameter, with intermediate stops at .0510", .0610", .0650", and .0700" (from the supplier I was looking at). Alternatives would include aluminum (would have to be relatively thick to meet the needs, so probably would be much heavier), or perhaps Magnesium (I have zero experience with that). I'd love to hear some input from people who have used 1" Grade 9 Ti tubing in projects like bike frames, roll cages, or similar uses to get a feel for the wall thickness issues vs denting. Any and all on-subject input is appreciated! Thanks, folks!