For a knife in the ~8" range, I don't see much room for improvement over the NMSFNO for an all-around, general-purpose, hard-use fixed blade. Heavy duty enough to get 'er done, not so heavy as to be an unwieldy, clumbsy beast that pulls your pants down. Nice drop point blade profile with utility-orientated grind pattern, good overall ergos, nice balance. Sharp where it should be, rounded where it needs to be. Slides right into a SpecOps sheath. If you don't like the finish, strip it off or get a satin version.
Just my $.02 worth, YMMV.