Spyderco Native fits the bill here. Very tough, ergonomic FRN handle accompanied by a great CPM440V blade made in the USA. Top it off with a reversible clip and you have one heck of a user. Then you take the change left over and go get a nice SAK to keep it company.
It's not the pace of life that concerns me, It's the sudden stop at the end.
Spyderco Wayne Goddard, Delica, Endura, or the Standard(may still be on sale at Smokey Mountain Knife Works). There's a few to choose from in the Spydie lineup. Also don't forget CRK&T or Outdoor Edge/Edge Tech. They both have some nice choices.
[This message has been edited by Blades (edited 02-06-2001).]
Don't forget the Darrel Ralph collaboration EDC with camillus available at one stop knife shop HERE
You can check out pictures of it in this thread HERE
The Normal version should be awesome for the price. The bladeforums version( which there is only a limited number of) is a hell of a deal for $64.99 Its got the same materials as a BM pinnacle or CRKT's frame lock which both sell for about $100
I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer... but I've got the sharpest knife in the room.