I understand and agree with the desire to break down items into their ingredients. What I don’t get is, why do we need a whole new workbench to do that?
Would it not be simpler and more efficient to incorporate that functionality into the respective benches we already have?
For example, a sword would be dismantled at a blacksmith bench. A shield would be broken down at an armorer bench.
This would also add the ability to scale how many materials you get back, depending on the level of thrall in the bench. A T4 could give you the full amount back, letting you completely remake the item, while a T1 would only give you back a fraction.
Adding in a new bench means I’ll now have to redesign the layout of all my workshops to make space for it, costing me way more materials to break down and remake everything I need to move around.
And having a “recycling machine” doesn’t seem very appropriate to the time period and world we inhabit in this game either.