I found a chef's knife comparison in the December 2002 cooks illustrated. The winner was a Forschner 8 in. chef's that weighs 7.1 oz. & currently costs $23.95
Number 2 was a Wusthof Grand Prix 8.2 oz.
Number 3 was an Oxo mv55 8 oz.
Number 4 was a J.A. Henckels four star 7.7 oz.
In the article they state that all the knives were good but some testers liked the lightweight knives & the softer textured plastic handles, some liked a heavier knife.
Here's an interesting quote from the article (As for forged vs. stamped, it simply doesn't matter, nor does the existence of a bolster). I'm not sure I'm buying either one of those comments but we are talking about inexpensive knives.