Originally Posted by MarkSF
Quality metallurgy is the thing the Chinese are worst at, and the thing that is most important for marine hardware.
The best DEAL for sailboat hardware has to be Garhauer, which is excellent quality and not made in China.
I agree with Garhauer.
As for the Chinese stuff, you get what you pay for. Unscrupulous AMERICAN importers pay Chinese factories willing to make junk at that price point. Hardware of the same quality as Garhauer could easily be produced in China but it would be more expensive and the cost of getting it here would make it hard to compete.
There are many Chinese companies that make quality products that are exported to Europe because your average Walmart/Target shopper won't pay for quality, regardless of were it is made.
*Sent from my made in China, very expensive, Iphone.