I guess this post will take the place of your other. I was going to take a break from commenting but had to say I'm with Millions that NOLA is a great place visit. Can't walk into a corner convenience without finding something great to eat.
You're still not giving us a lot to work with but let's say it's a 210 you're after.
For my money at the high end it would be the Takamura Migaki if a laser is OK with you, or the Kohetsu in HAP40, or Geshin Kagero (which I now understand has a large flat to it's profile, despite giving the allusion of constant curvature). All 3 are high-tech PM steels. Takamura will take the sharpest edge and hold it very well. Kohetsu and Kagero will hold it better, like crazy edge holding, and are tougher.
Around a bill I'm afraid to say as that field is always changing. The Kanehide has gotten good press lately.