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.
Blades: Homogenous Blue #2 steel, 90:10 right hand bias.
Handles: Triple riveted pakka wood, full tang.
The knives are non-stainless and offer superior edge retention to most other knives on the market.
Individually priced adds up to $450.
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.