I didn’t grow up in a family that put a huge emphasis on keeping business in the US. Certainly we did enjoy supporting local businesses and the local community, but we weren’t the kind of family that insisted on buying Chevy or Ford. As i got older, and after learning more about how America companies were impacted by overseas manufacturing I started to feel a little more obligation to “buy American” when possible. There were a number of US companies that became favorites of mine in different categories (I won’t mention them here as I don’t want to start a comparative debate about the merits of my personal perspectives on companies outside of the knife industry). Sadly, though, I have watched virtually every one of them water down their products, scale back warranties and even outsource customer service to companies overseas. As far as I can tell, Benchmade has resisted doing this. While it would certainly disappoint me, I wouldn’t be totally surprised if Benchmade did make one of these moves to conform to the example set by so many other companies, but I can only hope that they stay strong. In my personal opinion, Benchmade is truly a great American company, and I want to support it by buying their products. I respectfully disagree with people who inaccurately portray them as anti Second Amendment. I also believe that 99.9% of their customers don’t care even slightly about blades that are a hair off center, or a grind that is slightly off. Sure, there are real issues, and Benchmade makes them right virtually every time (every time that I know about). I personally believe that it would be nearly impossible to grow to around 400 employees and have every knife leave the factory in Blade Forums approved condition. I do, however, believe that their quality is damn good and I truly hope that they don’t diminish the high level of service that they offer to all customers (aside from a few, most of whom I think are hard to please). In any case, I appreciate that Benchmade represents a great American success story. They may not be perfect, but they try hard to be, and that’s all I can ask for.