To be fair, some of the Japanese made blades are very good (CRKT for example), lower end Browning shotguns are also made in Nippon.
Just a shame when a respected name is bought out by Johnny Foreigner and market stall grade tat gets flogged all over t'internet. There was a batch of dodgy quality alleged Fairbairn-Sykes doing the rounds recently and I seem to remember about 15 years ago it was all fake K-Bars and USAF Survival knives being sold through Gunmart.
Hanyway, if you are anything like me when it comes to breaking/losing kit and want a budget option, try the Frost fixed blade option. Cheap as chips, Swedish steel (remember to oil it now and then) ABS sheath and I think you can get it in olive green to make it easier to lose. Under a tenner, and the Civvy version seen under a fiver.
Correct about the sword factory closure (sob) -the prospect forced me to buy one while I still could, at a less-than-ridiculous price.I last saw one on ebay for something like 350 Euro (!) .I thought I'd do some research rather than make a fool of myself.Thanks, gents