I would take on this type of education in a heartbeat. I am tied to a job with regular wage to keep my bills paid, but I have enough time to learn and practice. I love manual labor that is more technique then muscle based. I have a strong background in chemistry. I understand why people want the knife characteristics that they do. Think about it. I would work with the right people even if I stand to ONLY learn and maybe get some first hand experience. Im sure there are many people in this world that would enjoy a chance to take it on as a career.
+1. Im with you 100% on this. Id love to find a way into this art!