I just paid $30 retail for a Kershaw "Tone 3430x" Tanto/Wharncliff style forward-assist blade at the Academy sports store. I like the light weight. It says it has the 8Cr13MoV chinese steel, and G10 panels. The blade is typical Kershaw solid quality.
I cut my chicken and steak, just to use it. Cuts fruits and veggies nicely. I cut some manila rope, and some general tape, cardboard.
It looks a lot like the old Emerson CQC7 tanto, except the grip handle is much nicer on the Kershaw. It has a thick liner lock.
The big brands like Spyderco, Benchmade, Cold Steel, and Kershaw have so much QC-emphasis to protect their IP and brand reputation, that I am perfectly fine with the Chinese-manufactured origins. I own the 13C26 versions of the USA Kershaws, and I like those too.
For daily applications, I like my $30 Kershaw Tone.
I am NOT a gun-nut nor do I have an ARSENAL. I just adopt and provide a loving home for man-jewelry...:supergrin: