When Im out and about in the woods, mountains or deserts of the world I usually carry only 4 knives,
1. my old Green River Butcher knife(named "Old Butch"). I bought this knife back in '89 for $6.00 ,The sheath I made for it is from the Hide from a dead horse I found in the Utah Desert.
2. Any type of Swiss Army Knife with a Saw and 2 cutting Blades.
3. Old timer Whittling Knife, for making spoons or what ever I may need.
4. Case "Hobo" with detatchable Spoon and Fork.
These knives have served me well and I find it unnecessary to carry more. My personal Knife collection is pretty small, maybe 20 or so but they are all the same type.
I go for function and not Flash, Opting for what Works instead of what looks good.
Id never pay big bucks for a Blade, too me that is silly and a waste of your money. I do appreciate the Beauty of the custom made Knives tho.
Ocassionally Ill have to get a jungle knife or machete depending on where I am in the world, Or Ill buy a Blade as a gift for a friend.
Also , I never carry a sharpening stone or steel in the field. I witnesses numerous Filipino and Thai Jungle guides sharpening Knives with just a River stone, I paid attention to them and can now sharpen my own blades fairly well with the "Jungle river stone method".
These attached Pictures are of the knives Im currently carrying and using, The case "Hobo" is dissasembled so you can view its components.
I have 3 of these knives in my pockets right now!
Tomahawk, scouts out!