The 8" Chef knife is the best all around choice. It will handle better and with some skill, do far more than a Santoku. The Santoku is a compromise knife designed in Japan to replace competently, several specialist knives.
The Henckels at BB&B is their mid-grade knife. Worth what you'll pay. I have a 10" Decter-Russel Sani-safe, my preferred workhorse travel knife that I keep to protect my better knife from renter. If you really are a spend once guy, I consider Wusthof or Messermeister the better western style knives. They are far better than any listed so far. Much better than Victorinox or DR. But 2x cost
I'm feeling bearish, and I'm packing a Wusthof Grand Brisket slicer from MABA
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