I'm currently digging out an old design that I had ground several years agao, before school got in the way of my knifemaking. It's a pretty straightforward clip-point that has a shallow clip and unique grind angles that retain most of the stock width to within 3/8" of the point, giving strength like a tanto without the tanto shape. The main portion of the blade is fully flat ground, and the current examples are in 3/16" ATS-34. I would consider 420V or Talonite for the "ultimate" version. I have ground specimens in 5.5" and 7" blades, and might add a 4." Considering adjusting stock thickness to 1/4" on the 7" and 5/32" on the 4." The handle is an untapered slab tang that will be lightened as appropriate to the blade length by dilling holes in it. Handles will be solid scales of micarta or a rubber compound, originally with integral bolster and guard but I'd like to try steel bolster and guard as well. Handle has a single guard and substantial pinkie-hook, with a pronounced swell and light grooving of the spine for grip.
I'm not making any plans to ofer these for sale, but I describe it in this detail because it's the result of my thinking on this topic and I should soon have a few examples "in the field" to see how that thinking holds up in use. A few key points are:
Reinforced tip (NOT a tanto)
Full flat grind - if you need to make the knife stronger, make it thicker; don't saber-grind it.
Grip to fit hand and allow easy retention.
No "gizmos" like sawteeth, prying areas, screwdriver tips, etc. Just simple and solid.
If all goes well, I'll tell you how these work out in a few months.
(Why else would a bear want a pocket?)