In addition to having your knife performance tuned before it ships, you will received a coupon for complimentary re-sharpening of your knife (a $12-$50 value)
Ashi is a family business founded in Sakai Japan in 1948. The current president, Hiroshi Hashi is a master blacksmith and a nationally recognized Master Crafstman.
Hitachi White #2 is revered for easily taking a very fine edge.
Ashi knives handles are either riveted wood scales or magnolia with buffalo horn.
Ashi knives are very thin and designed for precision.
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.