If you want to do knife work, there's no better source that the top quality American bladesmiths.
Big names like Flexcut and Drake. One man shows like Old Stump (BrandantR).
Almost all of my european-style gouge carving tools are made by Pfeil (Switzerland).
The Pacific NW style tools are blades that I buy and make up my own handles for the adzes and many of the knives.
Lots of the knives are new or used farrier's hoof trimming knives.
The striped handles are 1/8" rosewood and mahogany that I had lots of. The adze handles are birch.
It's still tradition for young carvers to make their own tools from such material as truck leaf spring, etc.
I've got too many things to play with so I buy the blades.
I give the local farrier $5 each for his worn out knives ( new, that brand is $50 each.)
Mora 171 & 188, Diamond 271,(Taiwan) and Ukal Supervet (France) must be about $35+ by now.
Really good PacNW blades are made by Kestrel. You get what you pay for so don't blink at the prices.
Everybody needs to make their own handles to get the grip size correct (Kestrel Constant)