So does this mean that a knife contracted to be made in China by an American company is preferable to an American-made knife made by a U.S.-based company owned by a Japanese parent company?
It would seem to me to be that the latter is actually more "American".
Very good question. It gets complex with international ownership and manufacturing, to be sure. Maybe we should expand the OP to include knives "made" in America, regardless of who the parent company is, so that we can grandfather in our favorite Kershaw blades. Consider it done!