The knife is the primary survival tool. If you find yourself in a survival situation and can only have one tool, it needs to be a knife. Why? Because you can make things with it. You can make a fire, make a shelter, make weapons. A good knife is essential.
There are a lot of independent knife makers in the country. One of them, Todd Schexnayder of Hahnville Louisiana is one of them. Todd and I are served on the Army Pistol Team together, and he does great work. I have attached pictures of some his work for your review. If you are interested in his work, he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. So if you like what you see, drop Todd a line.
You can see more of his work on his Facebook knife works page at https://www.facebook.com/tschexnayder2/media_set?set=a.756809087687266&type=3