Victorinox 8" Chef's w/fibrox handle is an very good all purpose knife. Their 12" Granton Slicer with fibrox handle is excellent for slicing brisket. I also have their Santoku, 4" boning and paring knives. They are a lot of knife for the money in my opinion.
A magnetic strip holder is much cheaper than a block, but a block is good.
Jim - Another transplanted Texan
Former KCBS CBJ
Large and Medium Big Green Eggs , Black 18.5" WSM, Blue Weber Performer - Stainless, Green Weber OTG Kettle , Brinkmann SnP Pro, and a Stainless UDS. One retired Portable Kitchen grill.
Red Thermapen, Maverick ET-732, EdgePro Apex Sharpener.
Avatar is the original 1951 Weber Kettle