Knife enthusiasts seem to have a strong preference for US-made knives over foreign models. This makes perfect sense when it comes to expensive custom-made knives and other pointy objets d’art, because there’s little pride of ownership in just another mass-produced sliver of steel from an automated factory in Guanzhou or Sendai . . .
I get that, and I completely agree. But I’m not sure it makes sense to obsess about the country of origin of utilitarian knives that live in the pocket of a hiking day-pack or the glove-box of a Jeep. If you’ve got a sharp and functional Chinese-made knife, would it cut even more cleanly if it were made in America or Germany instead?
I’ve got American-made knives, and I use Chinese, German, Swiss and Japanese knives as well. In my admittedly-not-vast experience, the ones to worry about are the ones that don’t say where they’re from. (Along with anything from Pakistan, which is often the same thing.)