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: Kurouchi (black-hammer) stainless-clad Aogami Super (Blue Super Steel); hand-forged
Handle: Cherry with maple ferrule.
Visit any restaurant kitchen in Osaka, and you will find the chefs using Takayuki chef knives.
Japanese chef knives are brittle and are designed for cutting soft tissue foods. Carbon steel chef knives can rust if not kept dry.