Recently I heard accounts that made-in-Taiwan Estwing tools have been hitting the shelves at Home Depot. Worried that this indicated a shift in Estwing’s core USA-manufacturing ideals, I contacted them about this. Their response was very relieving:
We have had a mid-range line of hammers and bars made in Taiwan for about 9 years. We also have a line of high end Japanese pattern bars which are made in Japan.
However, our core line of Estwing tools are made in the USA and that will not change. Over 95% of the tools we sell are made in the USA.
Edit: During a brief trip to the local Home Depot, I spotted the typical steel handled blue grip Estwing hammers, several Vaughan hammers, quite a few Husky ones, a single made-in-Taiwan Estwing framing hammer, and several Japan-made Estwing Pro Claw pry bars.