Thanks for the suggestions! I went for the JCK Inazuma 210mm Gyuto
Looks wise it was good. If she likes it, I will look at a more higher end Damascus next year!
I did not get the last one
Koki just told me they were sold out before my order was processed.
If you are sold on getting that knife (an excellent choice given the preferences you specified) - it's made by Kanetsune Seki. A search for "Kanetsune damascus KC 023" should help.
I like the Tojiharu,that Togi damascus is a nice looking blade at a fair price fr. Korin.I gave my niece a Togiharu Inox thin profile when a 240 cost only 100.00,now they cost more.Her blade has held up well cooking for 2 adults & 3 little ones.It is easy to sharpen too.She loves it,not mentioned much here much but a solid performer.
The Togi is western handle, prefer a wa handle, but I will keep it as an option. Knives do look good.
Is there any relation between the Inazuma and Sakai Takayuki? The blades look identical.