I don't think you have to worry that "so-called" makers will ruin it for those who truly pursue perfection in their craft . Like any other handmade craft , those who do poor and shody work with inferior materials and skills , will not last . They will be found out quickly , as performance is paramount .
It might not be hard to sell 1 sub-par knife , but you'll never sell another . Not to the Kitchen knife crowd .
I don't know about other makers , but I only make 10-20 knives a year - if that .
When I do Knife Shows , I maybe see 1 kitchen knife maker . I don't think the Market is in for a glut of kitchen knives . I think the Market will bear what a good maker builds to his best ability .
So why not cheer each other on .. ? Some of the makers getting into this are World Class Makers ..
I think you're all in for a treat if you ask me ....