For budget priced kitchen knives it's hard to beat Dexter Russell's. There is a good reason you see them in so many commercial kitchens and fishing docks - they are well made, very durable, and relatively easy to sharpen.
Victorinox/Forschners are the best bang-for-the-buck in kitchen knife land
I recommend these also.
Unless ... you can find a set of Ethan Becker's kitchen knives. They are selling for about $50 for a set of four, but I think I read they're being discontinued. They can still be found online.
Oops ... Alnamvet68, you beat me to it. I didn't see that this thread had a page 2 when I posted. And I applaud your excellent taste in kitchen knives.