I was thinking I was going to get something towards the end of last year.
Then something happened and I just took the plunge:
The GTC was right at the beginning of Jan.
It really changed my perspective on how I was buying knives.
Thornburn was second and I'm thinking I only 'need' one more...
My take: for the kind of scratch you are spending, I wouldn't get a mid tech. Custom/handmade all the way.
Take your time and search out the usual suspects, see what's available and where the prices are.
You'll find that in your range, you are still basically in stock design/pattern. Meaning...