The Blur has been my go to knife for carrying every day. It has been quite weathered and used, without a hiccup. Well, I will admit that the tanto Blur did cut me when I first closed it, because I was being a klutz and trying to close it one handed, really fast. I ended up just cutting my thumb because I didn't move it out of the way fast enough for how fast I was pulling the blade in. The finish has held up well, considering everything it has been through. I admire how the steel has stayed sharp through all the cutting I have done in the two years I have owned it. I especially appreciate how easy the knife is to deploy rapidly with the assisted opening mechanism. The assist is very sensitive and provides a sharp and positive snap. The grip texture on the sides, and the shape of the handle is very good for maintaining a solid grip in all situations. The pocket clip is probably the best clip I have ever seen. It is slim, but just wide enough to grab a good amount of clothing for a secure retention. The metal is raised just enough to facilitate an easy pocketing, and a fast removal.
I find this knife to be very good for defense as well as a utility knife for general work. That said, I also feel that the tanto blade version is better as a defensive edge if it didn't have those darn serrations. Oh well. I will just have to deal with the straight edge for now, which is just fine with me.
With all the options out there, I feel that Kershaw offers the best value when compared to other manufacturers out there that are in the same category. It has a price under $85, has awesome steels and variety in designs, aside from the tanto version. They even are willing to resharpen your knife for free if you will ship it to them. They have very sharp edges right out of the box, and they tend to maintain their edge well. When the edge does start to wear slightly, I have found a kitchen knife sharpener to do very well at getting the edge sharp again. I don't know of another company that has that kind of value and pride in their own product.
Check out one of Kershaws' many American made knives and blades. You may just find it to be what you were looking for.