I did end up getting the knife in pic related and it seems to be a good quality especially for what I paid. I can not comment as to how brittle the steel is as I don't want to test it and break the knife. Should be durable enough to defend myself if need be from any number of attackers I could reasonably defend myself from. I can confirm the factory edge is shit, not that it matters too much as this is more of a stabbing than slashing knife and sharpening the edges was pretty easy. I have found the most comfortable way for me to carry it and also conceal it reliably is to put it nearly sideways so when my left leg comes up it does not impede walking/running, also makes it more natural to unsheathe. The only thing I would change about it (within cost limitations) is switching what side the snap mechanism for holding the knife in is on as I like to wear the knife with the sheath between a tucked in shirt and pants with a jacket over it. With the mechanism being the way it is it requires either the use of two hands or a somewhat awkward motion with the index finger. I found the handle a little too small for my liking as well but I did a paracord wrap around the handle and now it's great.
Seems to be a good knife for edc/what I paid, and because it didn't cost much I won't be too sad if it sits in a police evidence locker for a decade or two.
Yeah that sounds pretty dumb.