The photo at the top is my latest knife. It's made by the same American company as the pocket knife shown below it. Both are OAR CARVERS, and both blades are from D2 steel. Both of these knife blades require some flat grinding and sharpening when new, but hold the edge well and are quite tough. The shape of the handle is that of a kitchen paring knife, but the blade is somewhat shorter
(1 1/4 inch cutting edge). This doesn't bother me in the slightest. If this handle shape was good enough for my Grandma to peel potatoes and apples it's good enough for me. The price was under $30, and after John Dunkle put a better edge on it it's my "Go To" bench knife.