The top one looks like my Japanese cleaver.
When I think of "small hands" I think more of the size of the handle and not the blade.
LOVE LOVE my santoku. Since getting it a couple of years ago it is my favorite chopping/mincing knife. And mine is not an expensive one--a Wusthof from Amazon. I got all our children the expensive Wusthof and while the blade is appreciably heavier, mine does a great job.