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). That is the District Cutlery difference.
Kurouchi iron-clad #2 blue steel (Aogami). Convex grind, numerous variations in the profile and thickness.
The handle is rosewood and ebony, but round instead of octagonal.
Made by master Tsutomu Kajiwara, these offer more beauty and performance for the money than most knives on the market.
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.