New member and just wanted to chime in on this thread:
I’m just getting back into backpacking after about 10+ years of working too hard. I’ve got my pack weight down from 40+ to 20 pounds which is just lightweight but I’m old enough to want some comfort once I’m in camp and I’m willing to pay for it with a little extra weight. Part 2 - I usually go in the woods with the capability to assist/rescue others (old habits die hard.)
Wow! A lot of great ideas and choices here, this is my take. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the Spyderco models from the ladybug for light weight to the military/police series. Kershaw and SOG make some nice folders with an assisted opening. SOG for smaller lighter, Kershaw for a larger blade (I carry a leek, blur or cyclone daily.) The Doug Ritter S30V Griptilian is another great folder. That said, when in the woods I carry a Juice S2, It’s the lightest tool (4.4 oz) I could find with both usable scissors and pliers. I pair that with a good fixed blade. On a budget get a Mora and make your own sheath. Light and small, I have a RAT Izula that is great for the price and a perfect neck knife. The Nim Cub posted above is a great knife but I spent a couple bucks more for my EDC which is a ScrapYard Knives Scrapper 5. Light enough at 194 grams and the SR101 steel will cut through a car or cinder block in a pinch :) this knife will do it all. You can pick up the SR101 version for around $125 and the INFI version is for sale now for around $200.
Hope this helps someone out.