Any product I'm considering for purchase gets some points in its favor if it's US made. I took more notice of the PocketToolX tools because they were made here. Of course I carefully weigh quality, cost, design and features as well. An item isn't inherently better to me because its American but I like supporting my neighbors. I would hope that citizens around the world would support their local manufacturers as well. Often, the closer a product is manufactured to where it is sold and designed, the better it is for the customer on an availability/cost level and for the manufacturer on the supply chain/ease of modification level. Some companies do a great job thinking about their overseas markets. For example, I think Victorinox makes most of its models with European laws in mind (non-locking blades, etc.). It's cool though that they go out of their way to make models to appeal to other markets too (i.e. models with large OHO locking blades that are legal in the US). I hope Leatherman thinks about these things too.