The problem with pretty custom made knives is that the buyer usually sees them as just that, and often is reluctant to really use them in the field for hunting and rugged outdoor tasks. I always find that I'm more willing to use a knife that I payed under $50 for. The only exception for me is my Benchmade 710. It cost me a bit over $100 about 8 years ago, but it's been my EDC knife since the day I bought it, and that thing has the battle scares to show just how much it gets used for everyday tasks. I have a couple higher end fixed blade knives with nice carbon steel blades. I just think they are too fancy to use in the wild. If I lose or damage a Buck or a Gerber I can always easily replace it. If I lose my Benchmade knife I can replace it too, but not so easily and likely won't because I'm married now with kids and just can't spend money as liberally on stuff like that now as I did when I was single.
Been hunting for over 25 years, but over the last 5 years or so I've really come to appreciate lighter weight knives for hunting and outdoor tasks. I have always generally prefere folding knives with locking blades when I'm in the field because of their convenience of carry. Because of that philosophy I may as well couple that convenience with modern lightness. For the longest time I carried my Buck 110 in the field mostly for sentimental reasons, but also because it worked pretty damn well and is a solid knife, but too heavy. I've found that some of the newer Bucks and Gerbers with fiber-glass reinforced nylon handles are so much more easy to carry in the field and just as tough if not tougher, so I now carry one or two of those in the field now.