This is for a friend, her Birthday is coming up and she has previously expressed interest in owning a nice Chef's Knife or Santoku. She really likes the look of Damascus knives, so looking for something in that side of things. This will only be used for home cooking, meat and veggies.
I was thinking of the Hattori HD lines but currently they are sold out of the Santoku and 210mm Gyuto on JCK. They don't expect them to be available until end of Feb.
What other recommendations would you have?
Budget is around 200$