SOG X-42 Field Knife
In case you're not a metallurgist, BG-42 is a supertough stainless steel that, until now, was used by only a few custom knife makers. The last BG-42 knife we handled cost $700, but this one is just about $100, and if it isn't the ideal general-purpose outdoor knife, it will do nicely until something better comes along. It is light (61/2 ounces), has a 5.4-inch blade and a wonderful nonslip Zytel handle, and is darn near indestructible. Sharp? Like a razor. SOG Specialty Knives & Tools, 888-764-2378; www.sogknives.com.