I think that it might also be a measure of how we as makers define "cheap". To me if the materials cost are a certain amount, I will define my knife as "cheap to make", but only so far as the materials are concerned. I would agree that the OP has made a beautiful knife using"cheap to source" materials, but in no way would I call that a "cheap" knife. Had it been a crudely made POS from a Chinese factory that cost $7 total and would dull after cutting bread, that to me is "cheap". The knives we and the OP make are designed to last a lifetime, no matter what the materials cost, and to me those are not cheap knives. I am sure the person getting this knife will get a lifetime of use and enjoyment out of it, and hopefully will pass it on. To me that is where the true value lies.I've been contemplating this thread and reflecting on the headinin particular.
If theOB will bear with me on this, I would like to make this observation:
Normally when a knife is referred to as a "cheap knife", the mental picture of a mass fabricated, poorly made knife which will not last long, springs up in my mind.
It is however my opinion, that in the case of this knife, a matter of materials that was fairly cheaply obtained by the maker, but the craftsmanship in this case, is excellent. The knife is well built and will last a lifetime, I believe. I suspect that all the commentators on this thread has similar thought, but I wanted to express this in writing.
Just my 0.02$.