Honestly, I'd go with one of the 4 I suggested then, or something similar someone else might suggest.
Something like the Tojiro is actually very thin, nearly laser like and is extremely sharp OOTB as far as any knives go and at 210mm, you can find them on Amazon at sub $70 prices with Amazon or Korin's satisfaction guarantee.
The DP is VG10 steel, which does have a bit of a rep for being chippy and rolly and a tad harder to sharpen, but to me the concerns are very overblown, especially as introductory good knives go, it's more so about your technique and upkeep.
The Richmond is a really nice compromise though, I have Gyuto's in carbon that cost above $300 and it compares quite well if you use common sense and context compared to price point and expectations.
I had the 240mm and it was a really sweet knife for the money. It's Fujiwara's proprietary FKM steel, which comes in at a lower HRC rating, meaning it's not as hard, so edge retention is not as good, but it sharpens up easier and faster and is less prone to chipping, which as you will learn is not the end of the world anyway, most decent 1000 grit stones will fix that issue with a simple 10 to 15 minute sharpening session including progressing to a higher grit.
I do not mean to sound like some expert either, I am a complete amateur when it comes to sharpening. That is actually a good thing, cause it shows you that even though a lot of this can sound intimidating, you will pick up fast and understand it very quickly even if you aren't able to exhibit everything you come to learn.
Mediocre to average sharpening skills and knowledge will come quick through reading on here and limited experience and that is all you need to have a really sharp knife which is maintained properly. Getting above average and beyond is what will get you scary sharp steel that is done properly to a T. That is something I am far away from myself and around a year or so in. That will take you a long time, but that is again not a concern for simple usability and proper upkeep.
Don't let this stuff discourage you. Get a super knife entry level knife, a combo stone like a King 1000/6000, a ceramic honing rod and make yourself a strop and learn and enjoy the virtues through trial and error, you'll look back in hindsight in a year or so and be happy with your decision, trust me.