Appreciate all the feedback and those are some awesome looking knives!
The initial reason for the Santoku is that my wife loves using one because of the smaller blade profile. All she ever grabs is the Santoku while all I use is the Victorinox Chef knife. This is why i figured if I get both she has the Santoku and I use the Gyutou and leave the Victorinox knives for heavier work.
The more i have been thinking and talking with the wife the more I think I want to probably start with an introductory level Japanese Gyutou. I do own a 1000/6000 Whetstone that I use other cheaper quality knives to practice on but I am not master by any means. Last thing I want to do is buy a $150+ knife and mess it up on the stone because of my skills.
This is why I tried to short list some knives under $100 that I seen people post about or recommend. I also am buying from Amazon simply because I have a credit with them I want to use up,, so my options are limited. I don't want to agonize or draw out this decision but I want to pretty much get something good for the money but also not feel bad if I mess up the knife. The list below is what I seen on amazon. Not sure how good these brands or actual knives are besides the Tojiro that gets mentioned all the time and the Suisin that lots of people love.
Zhen 3 layer VG-10 Forged Steel 240mm Gyuto $63 (Have not seen much by anyone on this brand or the quality of the knife)
Tojiro DP 240mm Gyutou - $63 (Seems everyone says price to performance on this knife is amazing)
Masahiro 240mm Gyutou - $75 (Doesn't say what kind of steel, just Japanese carbon steel. Also not sure about this brand and it's quality)
Misono Moly 210mm Gyutou - $79 (the 240mm price is $115 and seems high)
Okami VG10 Damascus blade 210mm Gyutou - $90 (I've seen nothing anywhere about this brand of knife and a similar looking one branded Enso is the same price)
Togiharu Moly 210mm Gyutou - $102 (Haven't been able to find much on this brand in way of reviews, especially this steel type)
Suisin Inox Western 210mm - $120 (amazon doesn't carry 240mm)
part of me keeps saying just buy the Tojiro and learn and you'll be happy but that weee little part of me wants to make sure that I don;t pass up on a better value-to-performance knife, but again my choices are limited because of what amazon carries. I do appreciate all the help and feedback as I know I am making this choice harder than it needs to be.