I began buying my tool kit almost almost thirty years ago. My first knife was the Victornox 8" and it is still a goto. Most of my "workhorse" knives are the same.
That said, before making a purchase, certainly read reviews, and also try the knife. If it's a recommendation from a friend, or you are buying from a boutique style, this will be easier than from a chain. You will chop much happier if you take the time. Enjoy.