Thanks for all your comments. I certainly can see every viewpoint here as valid and worthy. The fact is, that nothing is simple. it's easy to say what someone thinks it takes to make something, and then there is the reality that lots of time and energy, prayers and materials go into the creation of anything hand made. Each one of these knives represent many hours of work. They are made in sacred-space, meaning that, since you are going to cut the food you eat with this tool it has the imbued energy of goodness and health as a part of the creation-process......if this matters to you. Granted, some will not choose to spend, or just literally can't afford something like this, but do keep in mind that a tool like this will outlast many things you buy in life, including the computer that you are currently using, by decades. I would say that you will spend whatever amount of $ on all the computers you will own and enjoy in a life-time, and this knife will outlast them all. Priorities count, and choices made for the betterment of your family, your personal health and for your well-being, nothing is diminished.
May you all enjoy the knives you buy, be they $6 knives from the dime-store, or a fine hand made knife you pass on to your children.
Blessings of Health and Goodness to You and Yours. -DON:)
A word about the blade finish since there was some mention about rust. This is stainless steel. What you are seeing here on this blade is best described as fire-scale. It is a result of the process of making the steel, and also of the heat treating and tempering process. It is really beautiful in contrast to the antique ivory micarta scales, and can vary from knife to knife, but has some nice rose and green/blue tones. It's a unique look and lends to a more "rustic" ideal on this particular issue. And finally, the Blue Micarta is a very rare Westinghouse material, never to be made again. It is as true a blue as I have seen and reminds me of old vintage Lapis Lazuli.