For the money, you can't beat a Mora Companion Knife. If you're looking to give somebody their first knife, a knife to practice their sharpening skills, or just a general purpose workhorse of a knife that you don't want to spend too much on, the Mora Companion is the knife of choice.
The Mora Companion MG has stood the test of time as one of the best values there is for an all-around, quality outdoor knife. Made from stainless, or carbon steel, and featuring a high friction rubber handle grip, the Companion's Scandi ground blade provides a keen cutting edge, while being easily field sharpenable.
The Mora Companion knife is made in Mora, Sweden, where they have been making knives for hundreds of years.