1) I think that, when I have a choice, I buy American. I have too many friends out of work to do otherwise. If I buy foreign-made, it is because I cannot find what I need domestically. Not because of low price. I have foreign made knives that I bought in order to try blade alloys or design features that I could not find on US-made knives.
No, I have never spent $200 for a knife or knives all at one time.