So, my SOG Flash died after being my EDC for 15 years or so, and I was left with a beat-up Kershaw Crown. Decided it was time to get a new knife. Found out I could finally get an "Emerson" and that Amazon actually sold mid/high-end knives now. A week later, I have a Kershaw Emerson CQC-8k, CQC-9k, and a Cold Steel Recon 1. Not sure if I'm really digging the CQC-9k or even the CQC-8k, so I got a CQC-4KXL(D2) and Civivi Baklash on the way. Plan to see what I like the most and return a few. I'm mostly interested in best budget EDC/tactical folders (if that wasn't already apparent from my recent shopping spree). The Recon 1 was over my budget (trying to stay around $50) but after it kept popping up in my research I impulse bought it and really digging it so far. I almost pulled the trigger on a Kershaw Blur but I hate that the blade length is only 3.375 in. I feel like 3.5 in is the minimum length for me. I also realized I should probably get a sharpener of some kind. I had some stones and some Spyderco? v sharpener thing that I lost years ago. What should I get?? What am I missing? Am I doing ok so far or am I looking at the wrong lists on the internet?