There are many forgers of knives today and they come from all over the world. Some of the highest quality knives are still made in Germany and Japan. There are however knife manufacturers in other parts of the world that forge excellent knives. Without lowing standards on quality, these companies bring kitchen tools that are of professional quality.
Traditional knife companies from Europe started to arrive in Brazil in the 1930s and 40s. Cheaper labor and more economic freedom, helped fuel the moves. The Portuguese heritage had a European feel already, so expansion to South America was natural. Mundial a Brazilian company started in Germany in the 1930s and moved to Porto Alegre, Brazil where its headquarters are located today. Their knives are of excellent quality, and selection is among the best in the world. Their Chef knives are made from Forged Stainless Steel and the 5100 series is a good choice for the professional chef. Today they make all the popular designs.
Tramontina is another Brazilian company had it origin in Italy. Now Manufacturing in Brazil, US, China and has 20 plants worldwide. A maker of many other fine kitchen tools, their Santoku knives are considered to be really and good value.
Some Chinese knife companies are also coming on strong with their affordability and quality, the Yang Dong Changxin Industry and Trade Co is currently making some rather good Damascus steel knifes. Some of the best named Knife companies in the world have manufacturing plants in China. The Chinese have always been good at making cheap knock offs but there are some companies making really excellent Knifes.
Domestically there is a new comer, The Saber Knife Company, who is dedicated to bring affordable forged American made knifes to professional chefs. A relatively new company that makes a very nice line that will compete with some of the most famous Knife companies. These are a few of the better kitchen utensils out on the market right now.