Out of my 4 main blades, the one I made feels best. The only draw back is, it's made of iron. The Faye don't like that much.
I spent many hours grinding down and polishing an old file. Then engraving sigils within the covered hilt (with leather) and etched designs on the blade. Copper is wound around the leather. Perhaps because I made it for one of my assignments when I was in my first degree, is why it feels best.
Later I went to a stainless steel scuba diving knife, I like that one very much and probably used it the most for a couple reasons, one it was very intimidating looking, and two I could tie ribbons on the loop where one could hook a clip through, so I have several multi colored ribbons hanging from there. It's also lighter weight (backpacking blade) and doesn't rust, and is super shiny.
The one I got at the Ren Faire was the most expensive and forged on the full moon in May (forgot the year) It has the most lovely purple heart wood handle and brass guard and pommel. I use it frequently and it is part of my Ren costume.
I also use a folding single edge floral knife that is the "in a pinch" blade, because I always have it.
I say never leave home without water, a blade and means for starting a fire.