Nearly nothing of what I own is made in America or bought from an American company. I couldn’t give a toss about American jobs. Well why should I? I’m not American. So I’m not going to buy cheap American crap for inflated prices. At the moment I drive two motors: a Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce (the company’s) and a Maserati GranCabrio — not at the same time and lets be honest, I’m not going to swap either of them for some crappy GM, Ford or Chrysler. I’d rather walk.
The same’s true with firearms. I’m not denying that some American gun manufacturers make decent guns but they don’t make better guns than Beretta, Benelli, Franchi, Tanfoglio and Glock. When it comes to power tools I buy Bosch or Metabo. Does anyone buy Black and Decker? And with garden tools: I’ve got an Alpina chainsaw and Efco hedge trimmer. I don’t buy American because there are better European products available.
Which brings me to American knife manufacturers, some of them make decent knives but most of them don’t compare to Italian or German made knives, and those that do are usually stupidly overpriced, like Strider knives, who sell their tactical folders from $300 to $625 with most of them around the $500 mark. Emerson and Benchmade are more reasonably priced but they’re still overpriced for what they are. They’re not anywhere near as good as some comparable priced Europeans knives. And as for Gerber and Cold Steel, given that most of their products are made in the China, you can’t really consider them American knives. If I want to buy cheap Chinese crap — a nation of one billion people, and not one of them can make a decent knife — I don’t want to be paying American prices either. At least with Böker, all their Chinese takeaways are sold as Böker Plus, and they don’t overcharge for them. That way you know when you buy Böker it’s made in Germany.
Most of the forty-five knives I own are made by Italian companies — Beltrame, Beretta, Consigli Scarperia, Extrema Ratio, Fox, FKMD, Lion Steel, Maserin, Piscitelli and Scuotto — and all of them without exception were made in Italy and personally blessed by the Pope. But I don’t just buy off Italian knife makers, I own Böker (German), Eickhorn (German), Glock (Austrian), Sheffield (English), Böker Arbolito (Argentinian), Yarará (Argentinian) and Condor (El Salvadorian), and KA-BAR (American). All of these knives are made in the country of the manufacturer except for KA-BAR, one of my KA BAR knives is made in China, which is little bit hypocritical given that KA BAR trade off their relationship with the US military, and there they are propping up the economy of the People’s Republic of China.