I have been interested in knives for as long as I can remember thus trying to welcome anyone I can to be an enthusiast also. A good friend of mine is open to the thought of buying a higher end knife but my searches have come to a halt. Need some help from fellow enthusiast. My friend currently has a SOG flash 2 and as is, nothing wrong with that but wants something better. His main uses for it is edc and backpacking, so a light knife is a must. I mentioned for backpacking a smaller fixed blade but he isn't open to the idea as he doesn't want to carry a folder, fixed and a multi-tool. Things he wants includes: Light weight - Under 5oz Serrations (not a must; needs good edge retention to mark this off the list) Assisted (noted to him that most modern decent quality folders can be smooth enough to "flick" open with no effort but is still a must) Good Ergos (large hands) Deep carry (not a must) Under $150 (preferably cheaper the better but will sacrifice price for quality) Better Steel than AUS8 3.25-4 Inch Blade I suggested a Benchmade Barrage but he held another friends Mini and didn't like anything about it but the steel. I mentioned that it's not comparable to the regular size but because of it's weight it is a problem. I recommended going to a knife store and actually holding something in hand to see what fits his needs but none around his area. I also suggested a Benchmade CLA 4300 but it's an auto; so NO AUTO's. My conclusion is that the SOG he has fits his needs better than just about anything I have been able to find. If anybody could help recommend something that would be much appreciated.