Inspired by the post yesterday https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/569582, I went down the rabbit hole last night and found this Shun for 52% off. I prefer the chef knife shape over the santoku otherwise I have very little knowledge of knives. I have not almost amputated a toe, I did slice between my thumb and index finger one time with a dull bread knife while cutting a bread roll.
My research tells me this is a great knife, forged not stamped, 61 hardness, full tang and some sources say lifetime warrantee / sharpening (no mention of either on the website)
The handle is plastic and doesn't look as pretty as the Yaxell, both are VG10 steel which is apparently one of the best, the Shun is $25 more expensive but 20cm compared to 16.5cm.
EDIT: Thanks to u/KnifeEnthusiastBoi for providing more information. This Shun only uses VG10 steel on the cutting edge 1-2cm and is welded onto a softer steel. Not the ideal single piece of VG10 (honyaki).