I'm a radiographer (the proper term for X-ray technologist) at a large hospital. Over the years I have carried a variety of different knives at work but the current one is a yellow Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian, plain-edge. It's big enough for anything I need to cut in the hospital. It's easy to open and close even when wearing gloves. It's light-weight so it does'nt pull my scrub pants down. The 440C holds an edge for a long time. And the bright yellow color is rather "friendly" in the eyes of patients and co-workers. I use it for everyday small tasks like cutting down cardboard boxes, opening packages, cutting lots of tape (EMTs love to tape the patient to the back-board), and removing the clothes of patients (pants, shirts, bras, etc). Maybe it's because I live in the South but I've never recieved any negative feedback from any patient or co-worker. And many times a co-workers has ask to borrow my knife. Good luck, Allen.