I totally agree with the fact that people that have 0 heritage and 0 experience [compared with japanese] with the subject as a whole, want to charge more money just cause of the better materials used. The thing is with western world, we want to change everything to suit our ways.
"The knife is too hard?It must mean the maker did something wrong, not the user. Lets change the ways of the maker then." Very arrogant.
Plus is there any single one maker from anywhere outside Japan on here that is making knives in second generation, and thats his only occupation? In other words, is there anyone who did it all his life with love cause his father did it all his life with love?