I would go with J Henckels. They make 2 different "grades" of knives. The expensive ones are German steel, and the lesser expensive ones, in the price range you are looking for are from Spain.
They are made with high carbon stainless steel, so they hold a nice sharp edge pretty well. They also have a good balance to them so they are easy to use.
What ever you get, don't forget to make sure you have a good cutting board. I like the rubberized plastic boards, but wood is good too. Avoid glass because it will make your knives dull.
Also, get a "steele" to re-set the blade edges to keep your knives cutting well.
DO NOT put any good knife in the dish washer, or soak them in water.
When the knife needs sharpening, send it to a professional sharpening service, don't try to do it yourself at home. You can find sharpening services through good kitchen stores. Professional sharpening is pretty inexpensive, and, if you take care of your knives, you shouldn't have to have them sharpened too often.
Store your knives in a good knife block. Don't let them rattle around in a drawer with other knives etc. that is not only bad for the knives, but is dangerous as well.