Personally, I could care less about KMW belt pricing. I myself would ideally not like to spend more than $100 for a belt, though I might make the exception for a $185 Samurai.
The problem, however, is how KMW words themselves in relation to the inquiry on their belt pricing:
Originally Posted by KMW
Sticking with the theme of wearing in rather than wearing out, we like to think that our belts are not just belts, but heirlooms. We hope this belt gets handed down for generations. It really will last that long and just continue getting better. I don’t think $360 seems disproportionate; besides, it cost a ton to handmake these in Japan so we can’t sell them for less.
Let's be honest, this is pretty silly.
I mean, yeah, theoretically any (and I mean here the under $100 or under $200 belts we see so often on SF) good piece of leather could become a heirloom and get handed down for generations, and will get better with time and use - afterall, that's what leather does.
Myself, I have a custom leather belt (made local) from '95. It was probably at its best around the 5 year mark, but it's perfectly functional (distorted in shape, but functional), and I could hand it down to my grand children if they would care to have an uberpatinated piece of shit. "It will really last that long"? Yeah, we know, leather has a way of doing that - lasting long.
Again, I'm not bitter about not being able to get a KMW belt (I wouldn't want one anyways - I have a thing for 1 3/4" belts only), but the whole way they word this answer just makes me say "duh", "really?" and "leather? getting better over time and lasting long? BOOM!"