Ya' gotta pick your battles.
I use my bread knives very little. Even for bread I normally use a gyuto. If it were trying to make my case to the CEO/wife I'd stick with a cheap bread knife like the Kershaw Pure Komachi or Wasabi and concentrate on selling her on the Edge Pro Apex. I prefer the Kershaw knives because their serrations are scalloped instead of the more common "saw tooth" jagged pattern. That means they can be sharpened fairly easily; it's a real pain to sharpen the other kind.
As far as the Edge Pro Apex goes, there are several options
, each with it's own merits. I'm not sure if you're looking at CKtG or at Ben Dale's official company web page
; each has slightly different versions. At CKtG, Mark takes the basic unit and customizes them with custom Naniwa Chocera stones from Japan.
I'm not sure how to advise you there- it all depends how far "down the rabbit hole" you wanna go!
FWIW I will tell you I have 30 custom stones from Shapton, Naniwa & DMT, plus a couple 'one-ofs' cut especially for me. That said, the stock stones you get right from EP are very good.
I think for doing Japanese knives, and if you decide to go with the stock/OEM stones from Edge Pro, you'll need (at a minimum) the 220, 320 & either 800 or 1,000. You could get the most basic kit with 2 stones and add the one for another $12 or so. But I'd go a little higher. The next step up includes a very, very good Idahone ceramic rod- definitely worth the money. As you get proficient with the Apex you'll almost certainly want to go higher than the 1,000 stone you get from Ben. That stone is roughly the equivalent to a 4k-5k Japanese stone. Here you'll have to decide for yourself. I know many professional chefs and cooks that don't go any higher than 5k. However, I always go up to at least 10k, and usually higher. You can try it out pretty cheap by buying a tape blank and some high grit tapes from EP. So I guess if you were going with the stock EP stuff I'd probably recommend the Apex 4 Kit
from CKtG. CKtG is an authorized dealer for EP and you get free shipping. That kit will give you every standard stone they make plus the standard tapes, all for $230. Can you go cheaper? Sure. Even the basic kit + the 1,000 stone would serve you well. If you like it (and you will) you can add stones over time.
Now, if it's in your budget, I would absolutely recommend the EP Apex Custom Chocera Kit.
Yeah, I realize it's not cheap. It costs $275, but you get 5 custom made Naniwa Chocera synthetic water stones.
Again, no knock on the standard stones, but in my opinion the Choceras are the best synthetics on the market, at any price. At least the best I've seen or used. The edge you get off the 10k Chocera is pure magic!
Of course, you can always start with the basic kit and purchase custom stones over time. CKtG sells most of them for around $30 each; Jende
sells a much thicker EP version for slightly more.
Have I totally confused you yet?