Just a thought here.
If I was going to spend that much money on knives I would want to know what they feel like in my hand.
I have always bought my knives one at a time though and not as a set. I go to a store that sells them and ask to see them. I hold them like I would be when using it and make the motions too. Might look kinda weird to other customers but the person who is showing me the knives usually comments that I must really appreciate knives.
There is no right or wrong in which handle design you buy. I like the classic handles. They just fit my hand better than the others. Try the other handle styles too. You might like a different one. Kind of like trying on shoes. You want it to feel comfortable when you are using it. If it doesn't feel comfortable you won't use it.
The longer the knife, the more you can cut, but the more difficult it is to control. If you've got small hands (like I do), you may want to stick with the 6 to 8 in. variety. Tina uses a 6 in. while I find the 8 in. allows me to grip the knife just forward of the bolster with my forefinger and thumb without discomfort (the 6 in. is slimmer so the back of the knife digs into the side of my knuckle).
Good info here.
I have a 9 inch chefs and a 6 inch too. I use the 6 inch for everything except where I need the reach of the 9 and that's pretty rare to be honest. I tend to like a shorter knife because I feel more in control and you can be more precise. I have 2 Wustof boning knives. 4 inch and 5 inch. I use both equally for different purposes. The 4 inch is really good at boning poultry because I can really "feel" where the joint is. The 5 inch gets used for most everything else.
Once I figure out what I want, I usually go home and make my purchase on the net. I usually start looking at the website that I gave you before.
But of course, this is just my opinion. I just thought that if you are going to be buying a "lifetime" set that you might give some thought to these things before the purchase.