Originally Posted by 95sniper
What is your primary knife? This is going to be my first "nice" knife, I usually just have cheap folders for daily use.
Up until about 10 years ago my main outdoors/camping knife was a Marble's Ideal my father gave me when I was about 10 years old. I'm now 58. I finally retired the old Marbles (I do not recommend the currernt line of Marbles knives) and replaced it with a Bark River Northstar and, later, a Swamp Rat Howling Rat.
I am a fan of Bark River knives, and have several, although these days they've gotten rather pricey. The line of Busse family knives -- Busse, Swamp Rat, Scrapyard -- are all extremely tough, hard use knives, but also a little costly.
One of my favorite smaller fixed blade knife is the now out of production-- the Benchmade Outdoorsman, but you can still occasionally find them on ebay.
Although I have several heavy duty folders -- Benchmade, REKAT, and, of course, the classic Buck 110, my current edc is a Gerber Folding Sportsman, with a 440C blade from the 70's when Gerber still made decent knives. A heck of a good bargin imo is the line of Queen slip joint and fixed blade knives made with D2 blades.
Is this going to be bushcraft knife, or a work knife, or an edc? The Becker Necker you mention is a good choice for the price. Ka-Bar also has a line of High Impact knives made of D2. Harder to sharpen, though.
Bottom line -- buy a well made knife with decent steel (check out the link on knife steels I posted in the Knife Steel thread in this folder) that feels good in your hand.
And I am NOT trying to talk you out of the Becker Necker. It will do you a good job.