Taiwan having superior fit and finish from my experience with them is not a knock on Golden.. It's not saying that Golden has bad F&F at all, they are very well made also. I've owned a good bit of the Taiwan models... Techno, Southard, Sages, GB, Domino etc. and in my humble opinion is overall above what I see from other brands' production knives also. Just to add to my point, I once seen seven Southards in my local shop and all were exactly the same. Same lock-up, centering, etc. consistency is a big part of F&F.
Take my comment for what it is but I'm impartial, just calling it how I see it. It would be easier for some people to see this if those Taiwan models were stamped as Golden......... A spade is a spade, Taiwan has a newer facility with better equipment (for the time being)Sal has said. Yes, I'm all for bringing jobs back to the US etc etc but I'm not going to convince myself away from what I see.