The Tojiro DP is one of my go to suggestions for a good value Japanese knife. It has a durable handle, good steel and nice grind. For the money it is hard to beat. The other 2 that compete well with this knife are the Fujiwara FKM and my Richmond Artifex.
If you want to go carbon there are a number of good options in that price range. My favorites are the Yamashin white #1 and the Tanaka Kurouchi Blue #2.http://www.chefknivestogo.com/yawh1gy21.htmlhttp://www.chefknivestogo.com/taku21wa.html