I own folders from different brands mostly Spydies of course,but a few CRK Sebenza, Kershaw, SOG etc.So many of them...
And rotating is like a disease.I have a favourite one(Police SS, SE) , a few safe queens( Lil'Temp in 440V and small Persian in black micarta),a few prefered EDC ( Caly3 CF and Delica FFG in ZDP189), P'kal for SD and so on...
One of these days I was contemplating my collection and asking myself:what if I had to choose one.ONLY ONE.The best allarounder
Brad Southard wich I purchased a few days ago, only complicated my decision.It was a fierce competition between this one, Para Military 2 and CRK Large Sebenza 21 with micarta inlays.
And I decided:my vote goes to Para Military 2
What about you guys ...
Since you have mentioned brands other then Spyderco, then I will have to say, for the money, build quality, and just plain toughness, then the Ontario R.A.T folder, I or II, for less then $30.00 is the way to go. I have a RAT II that I have used in the Amazon, have abused, have just plain didn't care about breaking (which it won't), and it somehow still finds its way back home to the good old USA every time. It's one of those knives that is inexpensive enough to not worry about, yet defies why and how is it so easy to love for such a ridiculously low entry membership.