Well I just found a site that has quite the catalog. I entered my price range and hit "fixed blade" and adjusted my search accordingly... now I have hundreds of knives to scan through, all different makes
Wish I found this a long time ago
I've found so many knives that meet my requirements... the only problem is some of them are brands I've never heard of and the price has me concerned about quality. I never knew "Colt" made knives. I am under the impression that these "Colt" knives aren't actually "Colt"... either way they look good, and are cheap. Not sure if they are worth a damn though
Update: I think I am going to go with the Classic Mora. The regular Classic is 11 dollars, but the one I want is about 32 plus shipping. It was a tough decision between the two, but the main differences are laminated steel and a "full" tang, although it isn't technically a full tang, it just extends to the end of the handle, sort of like the KA-Bar fighting knives. I don't think there is anything wrong with the regular tang they use for most moras but it's just a psychological thing for me, I like knowing it's going to be as strong as possible if for some odd reason I have to use it for more heavy duty tasks. I really like the classic design and plan on using it as a neck knife when I am hunting or doing whatever. Probably not the best "skinner" but I can't imagine why it wouldn't work. I've cleaned animals with much less than practical blades.
The tough part is paying 32 dollars for this blade when I can get something very similar which may or may not have any noticeable difference in my everyday use for only 11 dollars. However, the sheath that comes with this one looks better than that plastic one on the other mora, and I like the color of the wood compared to the red lacquer. Throw laminated steel (I don't own any laminated blades yet) and a better tang design and it is very tempting. But is it worth 21 extra dollars? That's the question. Right now I am saying it is. I'm looking forward to adding something more "traditional" to my collection, my recent purchases have included synthetic handles and tanto style blades. Plus I don't own any knife I can wear around my neck so that will be cool. Free up some pocket space/belt space. The advantages of the 11 dollar knife is just that- it's 11 dollars. I can spend the extra 21 dollars on some 230 grain slugs, and if the knife were to break or get lost somehow I wouldn't fret because of the price. 32 still isn't much for a knife (in my opinion) My granfather who came from an era when gas was 5 cents a gallon might think otherwise