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.
Masutani kitchen knives are hand-forged in Echizen, Japan, and offer exceptional value.
The blades are 17-layer damascus-clad VG1 stainless steel.
The handles are full-tang with riveted pakka wood scales. Full-tang knives have a more neutral balance than wa-handle knives.
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.