I am wanting to get a serious defensive knife. I am basically clueless about what to get. I want a folder. It can't be more than a 3" blade (VA law). I'd like for it to have a thumb stud or some other way of one-handed opening. And I don't want a liner lock. I don't know if serrated, plain, or both is better. I would also like for it to have a pocket clip and I don't want to spend that much on it, $50 - $70 range. Maybe a little more if I have to, but if there is one for less that would be great too. I know I don't want anything from China, USA made is always preferable, but definately not China made or chinese steel.
I submit to your collective wisdom. Thank you.