Since 99% of my knife purchases are discretionary, the origins and ownership of the brand matter to me. With the vast range of selections to choose from in the market, I choose to spend my money on companies and makers I support. My list of makers and brands to avoid is private and was gained through years of buying, selling, and research. I’d encourage you to continue reading and compiling your own list of favored sources that fit your values. And don’t worry if those opinion change over time. I’ve bought several pieces that I liked only to ditch them later as new information about the makers came to light. On a purely quality driven selection, you’ll do well to stick with the old adage - you get what you pay for. Excellence isn’t accidental, or (relatively) cheap, and Good reputations are earned. Buy want you like, keep reading and researching, then sell what you don’t like while keeping what you value in both appearance and sourcing.