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.
Makoto Kurosaki is a phenomenal young blacksmith, and this line of knives shows off his talent.
Blade: Damascus-clad VG10 with hammer finish
Handle: Morado with pakka wood
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.