Don't apologize for questions, it is what we're here for, sharing of information. Yes, the make is a lot of difference. To me it is better to pay more and have one or two knives than pay the same for a big set. Except paring knives. I like to have lots of them because I use them for everything. But my "big" knives are Henkels and I really like them. As Dawg said, there is a forum for this. Go there and you'll find more info than you actually want to read!
I went to look for it, so it is cooking forums then cooking accessories, then knives. I haven't looked it up in awhile because when you fully equip your kitchen, and spend the bucks on good stuff, but less of it, it lasts for eternity (not kidding!).