I know that santokus here are viewed by many as a "wrong/erroneous" choice, so I wanted to point out that I do want a Santoku - Not a gyuto, not a small suji not a large petty - a Santoku. I want to add this type of knife to my small set of J knifes.
There are few preferences for the knife
1. Must be rust resistant. Semi-stainless or carbon with SS clad should be okay
2. Good F&F, quite important
3. Wa handle
4. It's not a rush so if I have to wait few month to get one, its okay
6. Light weight is a bonus
5. Budget: $300 can be a little bit more if I get really excited
What do you recommend? I put my eyes on Watanabe Pro Santoku lately, but I read that the quality of Watanabe went down. And I would love to hear more opinions on santokus.