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 and heavier than your usual wa-handle chef knife.
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. High Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.