I'd be more apologetic for making another request to provide input on knives but people like talking knives anyway. For starters, I've been using old school German and French knives. They are great but I'm looking for a Japanese knife that is thinner. I want the knife to be as traditionally western shaped as possible. I want it to be at or close to ten inches. And I don't want anything that is going to be a challenge to sharpen. I want a 50/50 edge since I suck at sharpening. I will entertain carbon steel but everything I own currently is stainless. In terms of price, I would prefer to keep it at or under $200. A little over is fine too. I've read that Shun knives are ok but overpriced for what they are. Amazon has the Shun classic for about $150. What options might fit my preferences and ring in at my price range?