Mr Russell doesn't come here, anymore.
But, if the knife was made overseas, I am sure it would be marked with the country of origin. I believe that's the law in the US...and elsewhere.
And, AFAIK, all of AG's "seconds" have a saw cut in the underside edge of the tang.
That said, I have had some experience with AG's "seconds".
I have come to the conclusion that they are, mostly (at least), high quality items that are leftovers from his premium range and are marked to protect collectors who paid top price.
Just my thoughts.
If you want to win an argument, it is best to stick to the truth.....or,at least, provable untruths.