I don't have much to compare it to. This was my first fancy chef knife purchase. I love it though. It's such a smooth cut and the edge is ground so fine you can visualize the sharpness.
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.
Takamura Cutlery is known for hand-forging blades and their outstanding finish. The company was founded in 1910 by Isamu Takamura. Their knives are now forged by his grandson.
- VG10 core, stainless laminate, hammered finish.
- Riveted Black Pakka wood handle
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.