No gentleman's folders or $700 customs here. Just good, honest tools. There are a number of factors that I look for in a good tool. Toughness, familiarity, dependability, ease of maintenance, utility and relative disposability. I've whittled down my everyday users to just two which I rebuy over and over because I'm incredibly abusive (through necessity). Unfortunately the Barge is out of production now, which prompts this thread as I'm on the hunt again. Kershaw Barge Don't use your knife as a pry bar or screwdriver, get a knife with a prybar and a screwdriver! I've grown fond of the brutalist design and while the prybar isn't great, it's a sight better than trying to pry with your blade. Extremely tough little knife, recommendations for a replacement are most welcome. Mora Craftline Chisel Probably the handiest, most versatile chisel ground blade I've ever held. I can't recommend this knife highly enough, not just for carpentry, but almost anything. So that's what I beat on every working day. I don't expect anyone to be as hard on their knives as I am, but I'd be interested to see your beaters regardless.