OK thanks. I'm in the UK so my options around this budget are quite limited as almost everything I see has a ridiculous markup. I will probably end up getting a tojiro for around £55(71.45usd, this includes next day delivery) or I am also looking at possibly getting a fujiwara or something similar from jck. Doing this however, may result in import tax.
I did notice that the steel used was also aus8 on the dalstrong phantom and the same on the fujiwara Kanefusa fkm. So I thought it may be promising.
I ended up with the tojiro DP 210mm and I love it. Great knife for work, just what i need in the kitchen. Great size, more lightweight than I imagined it to be and comfortable to use for prolonged periods. Excellent first step into the world of Japanese steel, sure it's not perfect but it does the job really well. More than happy with the purchase.