After owning almost every brand of knife from age 8 to now ( I am 23y.o.) I will only carry Benchmade and Spyderco. The delica with a fully serrated blade will take weeks perhaps months to lose it's edge. It cuts remarkably well even when it is "dull" due to the serration/points that tend to tear through anything. But, for a straight blade, you can't go wrong with a Benchmade. They do have knives priced around 50-75 bones in the "blue" series.