About 2 years ago, I bought the Outdoor Knife 145 made by Lapin Puukko, a knife maker in Finnish Lapland, for about 45 Euros ($60). I intended it to be a backup knife for the knife I was using at the time should something happen to that one (I always have one complete set of backup bush tools stored away at home). As it turned out, I liked the new one even better, and after using it off and on, it has become my go-to camp/bush knife.
-5 3/4" (14.5 cm) long, 1/8" (3.25 cm) thick carbon steel blade from the Lauri company
-Blade is convexed Scandi... (I convexed the small secondary bevel it came with)
-Plain birch handle, finished with some stain or other
-Ox leather sheath dyed brown
As you can see, the knife is a plain and simple working knife, just the way I like them. It's part leuku, part puukko and part skinning knife. This makes it very versatile, in my mind. I have done many tasks with it over the past 2 years, including chopping, batoning, light prying, brush clearing, carving, featherstick making, food prep, cordage cutting...the list goes on. It holds a good edge and is easy to sharpen. The knife is by no means heavy, and the balance point is right where the handle meets the blade. This makes it very easy to use for carving and things of that nature, yet the extra blade length enables it to chop wood, slash vegetation and be used as a draw knife.
Besides fitting a firesteel to the sheath, I have done a few mods to this knife, including reshaping the tip to make it not as blunt, removing the somewhat cheesy Lapin Puukko logo from the sheath and waterproofing the sheath.
Knives of this size are often looked at as being neither fish nor fowl, not a carving knife, yet not a chopper. I tend to avoid "do-it-all" tools where possible, but sometimes something comes along that really is a very effective "do-it-most" tool, and this is one of them.
Here are some post-mod pics:
And a pre-mod outdoor pic (after sectioning a small dead sapling):