I own many knives case, buck, ka-bar, solingen stag handle. But my primary hunting knife is a Buck pathfinder. My daily carry folding 3-blade is a Buck Stockman. As a machinist and versed in metallurgy I can tell you its all about the steel. Buck uses a great hard SS. A little tough to sharpen but it stays sharp. I use my stockman at least 10-12 times daily. Took my almost 20 years to consider the first one used up. But I still use it for fine work.
In the kitchen its Wusthoff or Henckle (a little thick for de-boning and fillet) and on the fillet bench its Dexter. I am sure there are other quality blades but these have served me very well after trashing lesser knives.