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: Hand-forged iron-clad Blue #2 steel (non-stainless), Double bevel chef knife.
Handle: Chinese Quince.
This knife is of a limited line hand crafted by Yamashita-san, Yamatsuka-san and Doi-san, the senior smiths of Takayuki. Very unique!
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.