Minimum. And that’s for a block with few knives and the cheaper handles. For Wüsthof’s better lineup and more knives, it can be closer to a grand usually, but I see Sur la Table is running some big sales and free shipping.I don't think you can go wrong with Wustof or JA Henckels. But you'll probably pay around $300 for a set with block.
I forgot about Böker! Once on a “language immersion” trip when I was studying German, we took a tour of the major Solingen “Manufakturen” and I really fell in love with Bökers. I have some of their pocket knives but forgot they did kitchen cutlery as well.If you have the money look into the German manufacturers: Zwilling, Wusthof, and Boker.
Check out their English version of their website. Some of the olive wood / Damascus knives are "only" in the $200s per knife. I'm only seeing the walnut / Damascus ones on their German website in Euro prices. Maybe not available in the USA, but the olive wood is even more attractive.How expensive are they?