Getting back to your original question about a set of knives CS - here
is an "affordable" starter option, and available at your local Target store. J.A. Henckles makes some of the better high-end knives - forged steel made in Germany. Now, they have a lower-end line that is stamped and made in China. They will not be the same quality as the top-of-the-line knives - but they don't cost nearly as much, either. They should get you started and last you for a while (10 years or so - or until you can get enough experience to know what you want and can afford to upgrade).
I read the reviews (and almost fell off my chair laughing at a couple of them) and I wouldn't be scared away from buying them. You just have to learn to treat your knives correctly. Don't ever toss them in the dishwasher and don't just toss them in the sink - wash them by hand and then dry them by hand - like you would any good knife.