I am looking for a general utility EDC knife with a blade 3 to 4 inches, and that doesn't cost over about $175. I do not want the knife for personal protection, just general cutting. What knives do you guys recommend for this?
Wow...broad topic...here's some of my choices, in no particular order:
--BM Axis, 710 (watch those BM edges, though!)
--Almar SERE 2000
You could even save some $$$, and get a Spyderco Endura, or Goddard Lightweight...
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."
It might help if you were to narrow that down a little; would you consider a fixed blade? Spyderco's Moran makes a nice EDC knife, especially with a kydex sheath. Or consider something by Bob Dozier; nice designs, high quality, good sheaths.