I don't think this thread is really about knives. It's not even about intellectual properties.
I think it's about some people's fear of losing another industry that the US of A no longer have any comparative advantage.
But knife manufactoring isn't really a high-tech industry, is it? Why worry? Let the developing economies make knives for us. And we'll make laser-guided weapon systems for them.
I hear what your saying John, but at this point we're teets up as far as manufacturing in this country, unless the government that helped us get in this mess does an about face of sorts and puts its foot down and says "The US will be the the manufacturing center of the world"!.
Hell, they don't even care about driving down the workers pay rate here, not a wit.
Just don't see that happening.
I'm an avid fisherman, seen too many companies vow to manufacture in the state, you pay a premium for the product, then they jump over .... and you still pay a premium, while made in China. Happens over and over.
We make them popular and wanted, then they go over. Happens so often I've lost all faith in "only buy made in America".
It's getting old. Fool me once, shame on me ........
Remember, the US companies gave them the tech. Now, they are gonna use it to their advantage.
Once again, I didn't make the rules, nor do I have a say it seems.