I recently received a Miyabi chef's knife as a gift. It is made of VG-10 layered with lesser steels in a faux-Damascus pattern. They make two types: one more Western in style, the other more traditional Japanese.
Last I saw, the more Japanese (bolster-less) style knife could be had for $99. Also, Shun cutlery is very nice, and if you keep your eyes peeled you can find certain 8" Shun knives for $99.
There are actually a LOT of Japanese makers out there with faux-Damascus VG-10 chef's knives. I personally think that's a fantastic steel to make kitchen knives from, and would recommend that you use Teh Google to look around for the one you like best. The Miyabi is A-OK in my book, but really, it's all about the steel, and that layered VG-10 is grrrrreat for kitchen use.
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