You helped me choose the Shun classic set with ceramic sharpening rod about a year ago and I'm now looking for a father-in-law gift. I'm looking to spend roughly $100 for a chefs knife, and would be fine with the Shun unless you recommend a more 'romantic' blade that is smaller production and better overall. I see that Shun still has that cheap sale on which is why you recommended it to me. He is a home chef who would likely use the knife 3-5 times weekly. He is left handed though! Thanks, Ryan
I can second the Tojiro DP series as being a very nice option for the money. Same steel as the Shun but it is just a simple no-nonsense kind of knife. It is a very nice cutter out of the box and if he is used to German knives he will be blown away.
It isn't stainless so it will require a little extra care (mainly washing and drying after every use), so if that is a concern stick with the Tojiro. Otherwise it looks to be an excellent knife for the price. Not sure how the blade grind is for leftys though. Someone else will have to chime in on whether or not it would be an issue.