The Havalons are great knives for skinning and capping super sharp replaceable scalpels. Random shot gave me one last year to tryout.
Not so much for an everyday carry knife,blades are to flexible.
I was thinking something along the lines of what you guys are talking about (the griptilian)
For everyday use I carry a benchmade Griptilian (full size) and I love it! Mine is a half sarated d2 blade. When in the field I also bring a gerber fixed blade with a gut hook. I can't remember the exact model but its something along the lines of Ergo hunter. I have not used it yet but I think it will do the trick.
I'm a fan of the Benchmade Griptillian series as well. Great knives for the weight. That said, I've been carrying around an Emerson CQC-7 for the better part of the last decade. The are a little pricey to purchase, but they take a licking. Shop around a bit and you can find a good deal. Nice blade size, good weight (under 4 oz.) and hold an edge well. The chisel grind on these makes sharpening a breeze.
CRKT Makes some reel nice and durable knifes. If u want just small in the pocket (K.I.S.S. in the Dark - Designed by Ed Halligan) or a little bigger the(M16-10KZ - Tanto - Designed by Kit Carson ) They are not a usa made benchmade but they are a lot less and still real good quality.
Althought I might be new to hunting, I've carried several knives throughout my military carreer I have carried benchmade and became big fan of their products. Currently I decided to buy CRKT's
M21 and I've been really happy with the quality of the knife. I am use to carrying tactical knives so I am not sure if their application would serve your purpose but here is the link to their website.