Hey, good, looks like none of us are in that whacko category. A would prefer as a "fighting knife" a platoon of Marines with heavy weapons, failing that a Remington 870, or then my Bagwell Bowie, but as we are talking of defensive folders and the like, here goes. I do go on a bit...
Sal look at my post regarding Blade Forum next project knife. Jon, A better knife than BM350 is Spydie Endura 98 or Delica 98, clip comes off, reverses and they are light and flat, cheaper and your fingers will easily stay off the blade.
Roadkill, for $150.00 you can keep THREE ENDURAS with you, or one in your car and one in your desk, tackle box, tool box, etc. I have carried the Endura forever (1991 or so) and have given and sold them to friends, used them to cut beer cans into funnels for gasoline (what seems wrong with that after the fact...?). I have always carried them fully serrated and cliped into my fron stron side pocket. As far as it being sharp, I used it in warehouse work in my younger days and it sharpened up nicely.
Razor sharp, Sal? Two items for you, not to be disrepectful, mind.
1) Ever cut a steak with one of your knives? They SHRED THE MEAT. END OF STORY. Martial Bladecraft in my eyes is about doing damage. Spyder Edge does. Period.
2) Cut myself with Delica one day. Just a nick, one tooth, took styptic powder (that stuff the vet uses to stop the dog's bleeding when trimming the nails) to stop it.
Do I make my point? As far as perferation (love the new PC stuff here, it does mean I can speak in public about this subject) that neato pointy blade will just go right in and make a pointy mess out of the situation at hand.
Endura weighs three ounces, is common enough I have gone through O'Hare Airport with one, as well as Baltimore Washington International, opens in either reverse or foward grip easily, positively and quickly, is inexpensive, and is perhaps most importantly, is a buck-simple design.
My choice, perhaps as carry of the century. Sal, your next fixed blade could be an Endura-configuration fixed blade with paper micarta handle, AUS 8 or 440V blade (prefer AUS 8), full serrations, kydex SOB or strong side in pants carry, and same size and shape as endura 98 handle. Geez, I love that knife. I just bought two more, just in case Pre-98 handles, AUS 8 steel.