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.
This is a food prep knife designed for users who value excellent sharpness and edge retention and who can tolerate the reactivity of the blade as they are prone to discolor food they come in contact with.
Blade: Shirogami (white steel) clad in iron with a polished finish. Extra wide, non-stainless with a convex grind.
The handle is rosewood and ebony, but round instead of octagonal.
This hand-forged knife is was crafted by Nishida san in Kumumoto. They are very rustic and a bit thicker and heftier than most Japanese kitchen 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.