Why are some HOCK Blades made in France?

Way back during the Clinton administration, we ran out of room in our small shop in the backyard. Rather than expanding our capacity here, I started shopping for job shops that could make our blades, to my exact specifications -- alloy, heat-treat, finish -- as well (or even, possibly, better) than we can ourselves. After a considerable search, I was contacted by a small, family-owned factory in France that makes industrial cutters and surgical blades. We established an excellent relationship that we enjoy to this day. They make a large portion of our production with the balance still being made right here in the backyard. Their quality is as good and (don't tell Larry I said this) sometimes better than what we can do here and I'm proud to have my name on these blades.

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