I had the honor of showing my friend's Akita, Patches, at a show the other weekend and I absolutely loved the show lead (and that big, beautiful dog!) that I was using which is unusual for me because I am so, so picky about them. Usually they are too big and too long and you end up stuffing a majority of it in your hand and spending way too long wresting with them in the ring. This lead was perfect! I bought mine from Motherlode Treasures up in Grass Valley from Judy and Doug McDonald and they are so amazing because I had it within a week! It's braided out of kangaroo leather and is incredibly strong yet pliable once it is worked in. My friend also told me it's a dream when it's wet because it's not slippery and you can still have a strong grip which is important on those dogs that are extremely strong.
I tried to get a close up of the braiding here, it's really fine work and extremely tight.