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.
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.