If the knife is for utility, take a look at Uncle Henry 5UH. I've had one for many (22) years...it holds a good edge. I've used it as an electrician, cable splicer, and even field dressing a deer ocassionally when I forget my hunting knife. When the edge needs touching up, I use a fine grit carborundum stone, then an Arkansas white marble stone, and finally an old fashioned razor strop (with canvas and leather strops) to polish the edge. The other benefit with an Uncle Henry is if you lose it, they'll replace it...or so says the guarantee I have that came with the belt pouch for it. I don't know if that warranty is any good as I have never lost the knife...it's not considered a self-defense weapon BTW.