I generally recommend fixed blades for hunting simply because of cleanliness purposes but I start on my step dad's buck 110 because that's what he used and we just shared the knife. My first knife that I picked out was a buck 118. If I were to choose again I would probably go with something without the trailing point but I liked the look then, still do, and it still worked out just fine for small game hunting. I think the 192 is one of the better hunting knife designs out there. I didn't wear belts as a kid so the fixed blade really didn't work the best there either as I carried it in a pocket and it fell out of my hunting jacket pockets a lot. The SK blades "frontier" (FFG D2 bladed compadre with burlap micarte) would be kick butt if you felt a high priced option was acceptable. I've recommended mostly buck because I think they have a great value in the hunting knife category and I love hollow grinds for that purpose and they do it better than most. @Macchina If interested, I probably have something that would suit him in my budget knife GAW if he wouldn't mind used and free. I have folder that should fit the bill well I could send him as the purpose of thread is for some general goodwill and to further our knife hobby with the younger generation. And, in honesty, to get rid of some knives laying around my house. I may have a prototype around that would be even better but I may sell it off at a discount later on.