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Define "the bank". :) I have some really nice ones, none of which are insanely expensive. I've been selling some of them off recently, so I have a pretty good feel for the market. I've got knives from Benchmade, TRM, Chris Reeves, Spyderco, and a few others (all US made), so I may have some useful thoughts. You have a particular price range in mind?
 

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I’ve had a couple Smith and Wesson spring assisted knifes. They are relatively cheap and pretty durable. Not sure where they are manufactured.
During my law enforcement career, I carried Smith and Wesson knives, which I had converted into full auto "switch blades". They were reliable, handy, fun... but yes, very low grade stainless and mediocre designs and tolerances.

However, for $20, they were well worth it. They will rust though, because the stainless is a poo grade
 

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Not even sure what I should expect to spend for a decent one. Doesn’t have to be top of the line.
It's all over the map. I like the Spyderco and Benchmade knives. The ones I have range from around a hundred bucks to over 200. The Chris Reeves knife is more... And I feel like it's too nice to use so I'm going to sell it. The 100 to 200ish range is the sweet spot for me, where you can get really nice steel, build quality, and I'm not afraid to use it.

Top of the line can go waaaaay up there. You know. Like basses.
 

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I have a knife that I really like, and I'm even thinking about getting a second one. But rather than recommend it outright, I would suggest checking some out in a store or two first to see what kind of size/shape you like. I like mine because of its low profile, so it's flat in my pocket. But the blade feels large when deployed. If I were going to carry something around every day (although that's not likely in Cambridge/Boston 😋), I would pick something that "looks" more like a pocket knife.

As for $, my Buck was about a hundred and my Spyderco was about two hundred. $200 and a little research can buy you some very nice steel and good action.
 
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