Excellent info Franny!
I mostly turn to an Endura or Delica for EDC.
But for work (where my stuff gets beat up, wet, dirty) I typically carry a Byrd combo blade Cara Cara or sometimes a Meadowlark. They're great $18-30 knives and get worked regularly when I'm on the clock. I've since added second Cara Cara, a Wings, a Crossbill, and a Resilience. Why not at that price? One for the truck, one for the backpack/go-bag, etc.
The Byrd line can be a great intro to carry knives at a fair price. If you like your $25 Cara Cara/Meadowlark enough, you can fork over the $70 for an Endura/Delica (both of which I recommend, BTW).