I'm looking to purchase a high quality santoku knife as a gift for someone who I know would appreciate it, but have a gift budget of about $50 (I'd prefer to spend a little less even, truth be told).
I've done a little research on my own, and have found that J.A. Henckels, Wusthof, and Shun all come highly recommended, but they are also highly priced. I wonder if a few of you can direct me to a few great, reasonably priced santoku knives that I might consider.
On Amazon, I found a "Henckels International Forged Synergy 7-Inch Hollow Edge Santoku" for $24.99 (originally $48), and a "Calphalon Traditional 2-Piece Knife Set with 8-Inch Chef's Knife and 5-Inch Santoku Knife" for $29.99 (originally $69.99). Are these good buys? I noticed the Henckels knife is missing the "J.A.". Mean anything?
And should I buy a "hollow" santoku (what does that even mean)..??
Thanks for any and all insight - much appreciated, as always.