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KaBar TDI could be a nice budget option.
Easy to carry and to draw.
I dunno what you're looking for, but this is what I carry on my offhand.
It's small and discreet, great concealability and quick to access. comes with a left/right draw kydex sheath with good retention.
If you're just looking for something to cut clothing for tourniquets or seat belts they also have a serrated version.
True. In fact, a pencil is a formidable weapon in my eyes. Or a chair.
But as long as we are staying on topic. If you would like a great self-defence knife to carry around:
This is an awesome one
It is very hard to be taken away, at least without literally shredding your opponent to all shit. It is legal size. And incredibly durable.
Nice, I bought one of these off Amazon and it sits on a shelf right above my computer monitor. Very cool little knife, you can't believe how small it is until you have it in your hand. But the handle feels amazing, you get such a complete grip. Holster clips on nice too. Would not want to be on the other end of this... Mine came VERY sharp.
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This seems to be a pretty popular option among the self-defense world. Not sure what purpose you're wanting, but I'm sure this would be more than sufficient.
Looks like it started life as a kitchen knife.
Like a big Kabar TDI.
This: Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement Knife Fixed Blade [link]
With this: [link]
Also in PA.... do you think a small KABAR TDI would count as illegal because of 'intent to harm?'
I can vouch for the KA-BAR TDI law enforcement it comes with a sheath with a belt clip, there are different sizes, serrated or non serrated, mix of serrated and non serrated, its ergonomics are great and it comes sharp as a fucking bitch!
It's part of my EDC and I love it!
Here's a video review. [link]
Hope it helped!