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.
Blade: 33-layer clad VG10 stainless; hand-forged
Handle: Riveted pakka wood scales, each offering a unique grain structure.
Visit any restaurant kitchen in Osaka, and you will find the chefs using Takayuki 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.