I got a kind response from Matus to my introduction to this forum post, where I indicated that I wanted to get into making Japanese-style kitchen knives. He warned me that this is not a cheap hobby. Of course, "cheap" is a qualitative judgment, but I thought I'd post what my initial thoughts are and see if I'm way off base, missing something, etc. First warning is that I've only really started my reading on the topic, and have way more of that to do before spending dollars. I'm hoping to start out by purchasing steel blanks, then shaping blade with grinding and other metal removal, then sending the blade out for heat treatment, followed by doing the finish work. So I'm not planning on getting the furnaces, etc. needed for forging and heat treating at this time, though I tend to get reasonably obsessed with my interests so who knows that the future might hold. With this plan in mind, these are the major expenses I've thought I'd encounter: A good 2 x 72" belt grinder. I realize I could go smaller (2 x 42), and there are some cheap grinders out there, but as this seems like it will be the workhorse tool, and I've never ever regretted buying a good tool over a not-so-good one, I'm kind of figuring that I'll be somewhere in the $1500 to $2500 range for this. I'm researching a KMG, but also saw what look to be nice units on ebay by starcrust2000. Is anyone familiar with these units? Also of course exploring Bader. I'm thinking I'll go with a 2HP variable speed setup, and will want some kind of grinding wheel (thinking 8 - 10" to start out?). I have a small bandsaw, and hoping i can use it for the time being, though may eventually need to upgrade to a 14" model. I need to replace my drill press, (what I have is one I inherited from my father, but it's extremely old and the bearings are totally shot), but again I'm thinking a decent quality bench model should do. Safety equipment, most especially a respirator half mask with good goggles or perhaps a one piece respirator/mask (would appreciate advice on this). I'll happily spend whatever is necessary on PPE. Various hand tools and abrasives, though I already have a lot of this. I have good stones -- Shapton glass 500, Naniwa Chosera 800 and 3000, a nice compressed buffalo hide strop, an Atoma 400 diamond stone and several older King stones I've used for years for sharpening woodworking equipment. I also have a bench grinder, radial arm and table saw (very old but they work ok) -- I doubt if I need anything for wooden handle making, and besides which, I like to use hand tools for woodworking as much as possible. Is this plan sound for getting started? Anything I'm missing here, especially major purchases?