Konosuke Fujiyama White #2
Masamoto 240mm Gyuto
Misono Swedish Gyuto 240mm
Misono UX10 Gyuto 240mm
MAC Professional Mighty Chef's Knife 9 1/2"
If anyone has any other thoughts please post them!
First, the TOP END synthetic stones cost less than the edge pro kit and can get you better results. Like the Gesshin set is $200 https://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/products/gesshin-stone-set I would much rather have that than an edge pro. Edge pro is cumbersome to set up, stones for it are expensive, and it can't thin a knife, hard to change angles, lots of problems. Trust me on this and just learn to do it old school. Esp if you are getting into this type of knife.
From your list I'm guessing you were shopping at CKTG. For the money you are spending you can get better. They are really full stop the worst vendor I have dealt with.
I have no vested interest in what you purchase; no affiliation with any stores other than as a customer. I don't care if you buy a tojiro or victorinox off amazon. My experience is that there are so many great knives in your budget.
ALL these are in or below your price range with better vendor support:
https://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/ - look at gesshin uraku, gesshin kagero, ikazuchi
http://www.japanesenaturalstones.com/ - itinomonn or munetoshi
http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/ -most of the ones you listed are on here actually
http://www.knivesandstones.com/ - All sorts of tanakas , Kurosaki Syousin Chiku
http://korin.com/Knives/Western-Style-Knives_2 - most of their western knifes match your parameters. Of the ones I listed this is the only site without free shipping but they have 15% sale right now that should more than offset shipping
Some people like really light knives and some heavier. This list is kind of all over the place, the only thing they have in common is i think they are good performers in your price range.
Have fun shopping! I haven't bought anything in over a year since I found my perfect knife. Surprise it's a chuka bocho.