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)
Blade: Hitatchi White #1, 260mm Usuba, Right-handed
Handle: Magnolia with custom inlay, buffalo horn ferrule
The Shiro brand is a collaboration between Murray Carter and Kenichi Shiraki, two of the world's greatest bladesmiths. Kenichi Shiraki has been forging knives for over 50 years. We visited him in October 2013 and watched in awe as he meticulously worked steel under the power hammer.
You will not find a more metallurgically sound knife anywhere.
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.