The best knives for someone on a budget is from the Forschner line made by Victorinox (made in Switzerland). These are stamped blades, not forged. Any forged knife under $50 is almost always forged in China, which I wouldn’t recommend. Cutco knives are made of inferior steel, and don’t hold an edge. The most important thing about picking a knife is choosing one that you like to use. Choose one that has the shape and weight you prefer. The Forschner knives aren’t heavy since they are stamped, but there are also lighter forged blades you can buy. Never wash your good knives in the dishwasher. Also learn how to steel your knives. It will keep them sharper longer, and they will require less sharpening over time.