Item purchased will look different than item pictured due to variations in materials.
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-$30 value). That is the District Cutlery difference.
240mm 52100 High Carbon steel mated to a contoured afzelia burl and African blackwood handle.
Blade width ~57mm
Martell Knives are made by Dave Martell in eastern Pennsylvania. Dave's skills as a Japanese knife sharpener are renowned amongst kitchen knife enthusiasts. His sharpening expertise allows him to create knives with world-class geometry and finish. You can learn more about Dave and his story on his website.
Dave normally uses 52100 carbon steel (non-stainless) or CPM154 powdered stainless. Both offer excellent edge retention and fine grain structure for easier sharpening.
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.