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.
Yu Kurosaki is a phenomenal young blacksmith, and his AS line shows off his talent.
Blade: Stainless-clad Aogami Super with kurouchi finish
Handle: Rosewood with ebony ferrule
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.