Truth be told, as a "home cook", I think any chef/gyuto in the $200-300 range is expensive ($300 being the most I'd spend on one knife...$100-200 reasonable for a good knife). But for Japanese knives in the $700+ range...I ask myself "Why??". Why would any one invest that much money in one knife? I mean what does that buy you besides bragging rights? Is any knife really worth so much money??