I made a bit of a song and dance in the Kitchen Knives thread about some high (ish?) end japanese knives my partner bought.
Mostly as cartharsis, because the expense of the things riles me, as nice as they are - however I would like to give honourable mention to one "cheapy" that we also got.
I didn't want to get it, but my partner has that "will buy anything just to be polite" look that salesfolk in stores love, and whilst we were getting something unrelated (I don't recall) he suggested this - https://www.baccarat.com.au/baccarat-id3-12-5cm-santoku-knife
Now don't let the price fool you, it was in a retail impulse buy cardboard display thing from the manufacturer with a price of $29.99, so the RRP on their website is a flatout lie.
Also don't let the name fool you, though it has a japanese look in profile, and apparently japanese steel (though it doesn't say manufactured in Japan) the actual cutting edge is more curved than you might find on other "santoku"s and handles more or less like any western "kitchen utility" knife you might buy,
I shook my head at the time of purchase, because I've had poor experiences with the brand in the past, it's basically professionally-priced at entry-level-consumer quality. Sold in various department stores and spruiked to would-be home chefs that don't know any better. (At some point in the past, that was me, and I threw away plenty of coin on kitchen knives and cookware that were, ultimately, a waste)
ANYWAY, for the price, this little chopper has been very rewarding! It came with a little plastic holder, which helps protect it (whether your the sort of person to throw knives in a drawer, or if you needed a small knife for camping and travel)
I've taken this knife with me to BBQs, camping, and used it in the kitchen, for around 5 months, and I've been quite happy with it. The handle, with obvious styling cues from Global Knives, is quite comfortable, even for extended use, the weight and balance is good, and I've only had to sharpen it once in that time (for a knife that gets used on a timber chopping board daily, that is not often)
I certainly wouldn't pay more for it, and it's not the greatest thing I've ever used, but it's earned its place, and if it continues to serve well, one day I might even say it was a worthwhile purchase.