When I found myself somewhat angry with China's misinformation about the virus I also realized that almost all of my knives were made there. I went looking for an EDC that was anything but. Now I carry a "cheap" Pakistan Chipaway 7 1/2" fixed blade. Any money went into the nice-looking burnt bone handle. I am pretty sure that this is not the knife I will take with when I parachute into the great Northwest. I have fine knives. My point is that whilst the blade may be cheap it is nice and "pointy". When I started collecting I noticed too many big-bellied skinner types. I feel safe on the street with this cheapo regardless of how long it will hold an edge. It's my apple cutter, box cutter and it's pretty to boot. So cut the cheapos some slack. Yes, I had to smooth out all of the machine marks and I bet not one of their knives come perfect. But I now feel a bond with this little guy. Hey, take that China!