I have some Chicago Cutlery, Made in USA, and they were actually, fairly decent. The current production is Made in China. I advise that you avoid them. World Kitchen acquired General Housewares. EKCO has also gone the way of Chicago Cutlery.
Edited by TheUnknownCook - 12/16/10 at 2:03pm
I worked in the Meat Dept. of a supermarket, and we used Forschner/Victorinox butcher knives, but I must disagree with everyone else. The Forschner butcher knives are made with a soft steel, and do not retain an edge. As a matter of fact, the Meat Dept. Mgr., always disposed of them after a few months' usage. He didn't even want me to bother sharpening them. Victorinox makes good Swiss Army Knives and multi-plier tools, but I advise against wasting money on their kitchen cutlery.
I prefer LamsonSharp cutlery, Made in USA. If you like Swiss cutlery, you could consider Wenger, was acquired by Victorinox, which manufactures the Swibo, Grand Maitre lines of kitchen cutlery. Dexter-Russell still manufactures the Traditional line, which is made of carbon steel. Some cooks prefer carbon steel instead of high-carbon stainless steel.
OntarioKnife's Old Hickory product line is Made in USA. I knew an Army Ranger, who was also a meat cutter, and he said that the Army used the Old Hickory knives. Ontario has the contract with the Army for the M-9 bayonet.