(Vivi: Thanks for choosing your "Wartstein impression" for a title photo, sure I´ll post one too
On the one hand I definitely found out what would be the in reality existing folder I´d take if I could only have one for the rest of my life:
Though at the moment I can´t say if I´d take it in VG10 or in HAP 40,slightly leaning towards the latter
I am one of those who loves its ergos. I know, that some others don´t, especially people with larger hands, but I have L to XL hands and just DO.
It has the perfect bladelength (and more importantly edge-length), is rather light and slim in the pocket, hand is placed rather close to the edge in a regular grip, and I can choke up on the Ricasso as comfortably as on a decicated choil (and do so a lot).
Rather thin ffg blade with a bit stronger tip is also what I am looking for.
And it has a backlock, which is very important to me.
VG10 is a dream to sharpen and in my use more than rust proof enough
With (cladded!) HAP 40 I also did have no corrosion issues so far and it still sharpens quick enough while having great edge retention
On the other hand: Is it "the one"? Is it totally perfect? Not quite maybe... I have a feeling that the perfect knife for me could also be the already two times mentioned Pacific Salt, if it came in ffg.
Since the "salt"-part is not important to me (don´t need total rustproofness), but the lightweight and being linerless, I sometimes think:
Maybe the Endura 3 (not 4) could be the "one" for me... Never had an Endura 3, so I don´t know if ´d like the handle shape, and maybe I should just look for one and try...
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40