The JNS sale knocks a lot of good things into the 150-170ish range :3
From a performance standpoint I quite like the Tojiro DP and probably would have been happy with that knife if I didn't have expendable income/super knife interests :D . It's not too thick not too thin. Came with one of the most usable edges of most my knives with a bevel that was easy to follow for a newish sharpener. Some people have trouble properly deburring VG10 or flat out just don't like how it feels to sharpen.
The big knocks against it are a blocky handle (haven't really noticed that even though I have small girl hands) and poor fit and finish, with some knives having gaps between the handle and bolster, uneven fitting scales, etc. Mine had grind marks on the blade but no handle issues, and nothing that affects comfort or performance.
There are other good starter knives including the Fujiwara FKM, Kanetsugu Pro-M, Misono Moly, and Jon's Gesshin stainless (somewhat of a price tier up but pretty guaranteed good fit and finish and no other problems with the blade). The Tojiro just happens to be the one I have :)
I have the 210mm
Grind marks that I tried to even out but it made it worse
With a lot of these entry level knives, make sure you file or sand down the spine where the pinch grip is and maybe also the choil where the middle finger rubs against.
Edited by foody518 - 2/2/16 at 7:31am