Is there a specific reason you want a santoku?Aloha ,
Looking for a Santoku a step up from the entry level Victorinox Santoku .
Thanks , I'm used to the Santoku ; I'd consider a Nakiri .Is there a specific reason you want a santoku?
Nakiri, kiritsuki, gyutos, or chinese cleavers are more useful shapes imo.
If you're set on a santoku, you need to answer the following questions for yourself:
Can you maintain a good knife? E.g. handwashing and sharpening correctly. If not, just stick to cheaper knives.
Do you want to deal with carbon steel or just use stainless and not worry about wiping and patina. If you go stainless, I really like SG2 steel (miyabi Birchwood or eden susumi are great). VG10 cuts fine and if it is a good maker, they shouldn't botch the heat treat.
I've always wanted the A style WA gyutoI prefer Arutsugi knives. I used to live in Kyoto. Their shop in Nishikikoji was convenient and the customer service was excellent. They sell their own kamisori as well, but when I lived there many moons ago I was not into wet-shaving.