Originally Posted by canebrake
My favorite knock-around knife (woods use) is an Opinel (Hope-in hell) folder.
And they make one for everyone's need.
My go-to knife is a Kershaw, Ken Onion designed, Shallot model 1840ST. All SS knife and made in the good ol USA!
Got it NIB on the bay for $26+ship ~$30 total but I shopped for two weeks looking for the right auction.
It is a one hand, assisted open knife. Fit and finish is +1 Kershaw quality.
I have looked at the Opinel knives often, but have never known anyone who actually owned one. I am gald to hear they serve well; one may be in my future.
When my daughter was in Germany she picke me up a nice, traditional knife, a Hartkopf Snakewood single blade knife that I used until I found out what she paid for it. I am a pocket knife fool, I have a small drawer full of them. Some are novely knives with no useful function that I bought because I thought they were interesting.
I use a knife ten times a day (at least) and on the rare day that I leave mine in yesterday's pants pocket, I will buy one. I can't stand not having one in my pocket.
I went through different phases with the knives; for a while I bought a lot of switchblades to work with because of the ability to work one handed with them. I found that even the very pricey switch blades do not last long enough to be a good work knife. The spring assist, thumb knives work well for me.
My current work knife is the Kershaw 1550ST, similar to the one described above.
An outstanding choice for a budget, fixed blade knife, working knife, is a knife used by insulation workers. A Klenk
#KDDK would be a hell of a good survival knife. It has a decent hardwood handle, one side of the blade is full, finely serrated, the other side is a normal blade. The are purchased scary sharp, hold an edge well and cost under $20.00.