I was reading the preferences posting below and started thinking about favorite knives. I've been "into" knives for a good while and have had enough of them to develop some real preferences. I'm not into fancy knives (see www.knifeart.com) or tactical knives. I need a good hunting knife, a good pocket knife, and a good folder for those in between times.
Hunting knives - I think Bob Dozier of Arkansas( www.dozierknives.com) is the best out there. All his efforts go into making a quality knife that handles well and stays sharp. They are around $200 and are a steal at that price. I have several, but my current favorite is the K-29 Sweetwater. I also like the K-18 Straight Personal. I have no need for a blade over 3". After you wear one of these in the horizontal kydex sheath you'll never go back to a vertical sheath.
Pocket Knives - I have been carrying a Lone Wolf Loveless City Knife for a good while ( http://www.lonewolfknives.com/store/pages/products-loveless- cityfld1.shtml) This may be a bit big for some, but the design is just about perfect. It also uses a new steel that is the best at holding an edge I have seen. I use this knife every day and it rarely needs sharpening. At $100, it's a bargain.
Folding Knives - I'll admit I'm not a big fan of folders; I can do just about everything with the two knives above, but for those times when I need more than the City Knife and don't want the Dozier on my belt, I carry a Benchmade 690 ( http://www.benchmade.com/products/product_detail.aspx?model= 690). This knife is big enough to do anything, but because of the titanium liner and graphite bolsters is very light. You never know it's clipped to your pocket. They are kind of expensive at $150, but that's what you get with titianium and graphite.