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
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