You don't need A knife. You need a lot of knives. Medium priced, full tang, thick spine / blade length ratio, balance of toughness and hardness, good grip. Small enough for processing small game and routine tasks, long enough for harder work. I favor my Morakniv ($81 now, was cheaper when I bought it), my ESEE, and some Ka-Bars; but I've processed a lot of squirrel and done a lot of work with my $15 Ozark Trail camp knife. I'd take 10 of those over one top-end Benchmade. Good enough and plenty of it, is how you win a war, or just survive.
Truth!!You don't need A knife. You need a lot of knives.
Well it is probably never a good idea to disagree with a moderator...especially a super one, along with disagreeing with well most everyone else too, but a survival knife is what it all cuts down to.
If you are talking about the Morakniv Garberg (which I think you are not since u said so to speak reasonably priced) then I agree, but every other Morakniv knives are NOT full tang but rather partial tang. I would never use any knife that has a partial tang unless it was a cooking knife.For lighter and smaller work, Morakniv makes some excellent options for a great price. I have more than one of these.
And that says it all. A true knife guy has one knife for cooking, another for camp, a survival knife, a machete or an Indian Kukri, Hatchet, Axe, & wedge & saw. Trying to combine everything to a single knife means that it will excel in some tasks and lag behind on others. If you are still going with one knife, and one of the features you want is for it to be a survival knife, then your looking at the Ka-Bar BK2 Companion types of knifes. You are looking for a drop point, (Tanto possibly but that limits certain Bushcraft choirs but not Survival issues) 1/4 inch thick, flat or Scandi grind and a knife that has some weight to it to assist in chopping/baton.Knives are tools, and there is no such thing as one to do it all.
I'm aware they are not all full tang, and prefaced that recommendation with "for lighter and smaller work" to imply they are not to be used like the big boy knives.If you are talking about the Morakniv Garberg (which I think you are not since u said so to speak reasonably priced) then I agree, but every other Morakniv knives are NOT full tang but rather partial tang. I would never use any knife that has a partial tang unless it was a cooking knife.
I'm a bit of a knife, blade, ax collector and can offer some insights from observations and use.