I know how you feel. I spent years and many paychecks looking for the 'right' knife. It's mostly the quality of the steel that has drove me mad. I've finally found my blade setup I'm not only happy with, but I no longer have an interest in getting any other blades. For big jobs like making firewood, the Buck Hoodlum beats all in size, weight, ergonomics,etc. What gets the most work is my Fallkniven H1 VG-10. Look into JreIndustries.com , they made amazing Fully Custom sheaths for my Leatherman, Fallkniven H1 & Fallkniven A1. My A1 is a great tool as well. I love the VG-10 steel so much I picked up Al Mar's SERE 2000 folder. Read about Fallkniven's laminated steel on their website, only thig not to take to heart is needing diamond stones for the vg10. I use some Arkansas wetstones and leather strops to sharpen and hone and they do the job perfectly.