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ive been carrying a kershaw clash for about 5 years now. Its durable, holds a wonderful edge, very ergonomic, and it just looks and feels right to me.
They MSRP in the $40s but you can find them at Big 5 or Amazon in the $20's. Ive owned probably 5 or 6 of these. Had one confiscated by police before a NFL game (duh-my bad), had one taken out of my carry on at the airport, gave one to my brother. I keep one in my car and keep one for EDC.
Kershaw Clash. It's got the finger assist on the rear of the blade that you like. Kershaws are solid knives for the price; I've got several and they all work well enough.
this is my go to for my every day carry....
love it, and I have taken it in to the wilds with very good results so far, I feel like it's my "folder for life" at this point. It doesn't hold an edge horribly long, but is very easy to sharpen, both at home and in the field.....I can't see dropping that much on my folder when in all reality my fixed blade collection (similar to yours OP) is going to do the bulk of the work in the field.
I'd try a Kershaw Clash
And a mora Companion.
As long as you're not chopping down trees, you'll never need anything more out of a knife than what they can do.
What do you think of this one:[link]
For my EDC, I have a Kershaw Clash right now and love it. I've had it for 2 years now and zero issues. If I lost it and had that budget, I would get a Kershaw Skyline.
Knives are cheap by comparison just buy new ones as you need them. I always suggest a nice lock blade [link]
The Kershaw Clash. Got mine a few weeks ago and I love it ( plus it's under $40). [link]
For $5 cheaper you can get a Kershaw Clash. A really nice assisted opening blade from a much more reputable company.