It took Japan the better part of thirty years to earn their reputation for quality products. The old paradigm, of course, was that anything bearing the "made in Japan" mark was nothing but melted down beer cans. I clearly remember that attitude during my upbringing. As time passed, Japanese products became more and more durable and dependable. Getting 300k (trouble free) miles out of an automobile was unheard of until Toyota and Subaru shattered that paradigm. Casio put the famed Swiss watchmakers almost completely out of business simply by embracing the future. In fact, Casio's first appearance at the world's fair was a tiny little booth flanked by hundreds of Swiss displays as far as the eye could see. In just a couple of decades, the exact opposite happened. The Swiss were outflanked by Seiko and Casio. Park a Honda next to a comparable Harley and compare the price tags, features, quality, riding comfort, etc. Honda owners get a lot of grief from the Harley crowd. But at the end of the day, the only thing Harley actually has over the Honda is better resale value. That's it. In all other respects the Honda is a better cycle. (I'll probably take some flaming over that one, heh heh heh).
Those are but a few examples. I could go on and on. Do I favor imported products over domestic stuff? Nope. I wish every Spyderco was made in Golden. Sadly that's not the case.
Will Taiwan turn their reputation around like Japan did? Only time will tell, but the Japs showed the world that with hard work and dedication it is quite possible. The QC folks in Golden have high standards and I can't see them letting substandard stuff (no matter what the tang stamp says) into the marketplace, especially since they have to stand behind said products.
That said, I must admit that I was more than a little uncomfortable to learn that Spyderco was outsourcing some of their product line to Taiwan. I'm going to wait (probably a long time) before I order any Spydies with that tang stamp. Cheers.