1. Manix 2 LW: The shape is suitable for general purpose work and fits the hand nicely for "serious business." It's light. It's thin. The S110V holds a sweet edge. The lock spring is too strong.
2. Benchmade Adamas: It's big. The D2 can be made really sharp. The lock and action are SWEET, like I want my Manix to be.
3. Emerson Commander: Fits the hand better than any other knife I've ever seen. If I need to defend myself, this is the knife I choose. But the pivot is crude. The detent weak. I want to love this knife, but it will require some tuning.
4. Benchmade CQC7 LH: This knife is slick, like all liner locks should aspire to be. It's a serrated edge, which I no longer care for, and it's tip-down carry. But it's thin, light, and easy to handle. Sometimes I carry this, but the Manix 2 is a better choice.
5. Paramilitary 2, S30V, LH: I'd have bought this in more interesting steel, but it's not offered in LH. I don't actually carry this one yet. It's new and just sits on my desk. One day I'll put a GREAT edge on it and then start carrying it.