Thanks for all the replies. Seems like the Spyderco is the knife of choice for what I have described. However, I didn't care much for them -- don't like the hole vs. the stud. I found a couple of CRKT's I liked and a couple Boker's. How do the two compare? Also, the knives with black blades -- does that finish rub off easily? Also, serrated, smooth or combo?