I just happened to come across some YouTube videos of Japanese kitchen knife making where they smith actually hammered out the iron as they do their swords. I had a feeling this was still done...even though the market is mostly saturated with "machine involved" knives. Steel bought mostly from Hitachi and "Taifu"? Can some one give me some names of JP kitchen knife smiths? How much do their knives run? Are they all $1000+?