So, my wife and I have a hodge-podge of a kitchen knife set. I have a few pieces from Daniel Watson of Angel Sword (perk of being a friend and occasional booth-grunt), but otherwise it's all bottom shelf Hampton Forge and "Forever Sharp".
She knows that I covet a significant upgrade, and tasked me with research before purchase. The caveat, is that I have a price-cap of $200ish (I could probably argue for $250) due to a more pressing need of paying off student loans and buying a house first.
I've been stalking the forums here for a few weeks now, and have broadened my horizons on what I would covet for a "some-day" set beyond Miyabi and Shun and Wusthof. (BDL, I am on an email list for an Ultimatum when they get re-stocked, ty! )
However, that doesn't help me for a "today" block that happens to match and not suck.
So there it is, my request is to help me find a give or take $200ish block set that isn't awful. Any extra education that comes with would be a bonus. <3