CRKT's M-16 is a standard. This, though, is a new version with some much more advanced design elements and three big upgrades.
Cold Steel makes economical knives that are built like tanks. Up for consideration today is the SR1Cold Steel SR1 folding knife — a pocket knife that functions much more like a fixed blade than a folder.
The Benchmade Claymore is a over-built auto that is built like a tank. From the CPM-D2 blade to the intricacies of the handle, it delivers.
If you like big knives, the Sheepdog from Kizer should be on your list. The XL version is supersized and exceptionally capable.
Looking for a capable self-defense knife to add to your EDC toolkit? Check out the Fox Folding Karambit. This is a fast knife.
Looking for a well-made knife that can live in your pocket--one that isn't pretentious, but can handle whatever you need? Victorinox is there.