The outrageously priced Shun Fuji 7" and comparably overpriced Miyagi Birchwood Santoku 7" are suddenly available for $199 each:
The more affordable Shun Classic Hollow ground 7" Santoku is newly available with a VG-MAX core for $99:
I may be able to find a discounted Shun Kaji 7" sg2 Hollow ground Santoku for $140 or so.
The carbon steel 7" that currently occupies this niche in my collection is a refurbished vintage SIR LAWRENCE that I've rescued, sharpened and cleaned. It recently proved its worth by splitting and slicing up an acorn squash. It will remain as the closest thing to a cleaver I will have for heavier duty cutting. I also have an 8" Wusthof Classic Ikon, and a 6" Watanabe style Nikiri.
Should I a) go for the dream, b) buy something really good, or c) stick with what I have?