The Blackland Razors Ti Blackbird SB is my favorite Modern DE razor.
The Lambda Athena is tied for number two with the Wolfman Ti WR2 1.25 SB (the Wolfie is well above your price cap).
The Rex Envoy is well under your price cap and is in my frequent rotation with the above-mentioned razors.
Personally, I prefer shaving with any of these razors over the Yates (I don't care for the feel of the Stonewashed finish).
Card carrying member of the Steep Angle Shaving Alliance (SASA). I shave steep with the Blackbird and prefer the feel and results of a steep angle compared to a shallow angle.
Looks like the Blackbird is back on the list
The Rex is sold by a local supplier but currently out of stock, might look at picking one up when they're back in stock
I was looking at the "as-machined" Yates because I was concerned about the other finishes causing drag(Also because I would polish it), I wonder if polishing the stonewash finish would make it more to your liking?
Oh, I know those Wolfman razors are beautiful but dam expensive, may be if I win the lottery.
Lambda Athena seems very popular to and its very beautiful, I just wish they made it in SS or Ti.
I'm back to leaning towards buying the Blackbird now.
I received my Fatip Piccolo OC and Muhle STF brush today, extremely impressed with the brush it's a huge step up from my other brush, the knot is at least twice as thick, it has more back bone, its softer and dam does it lather fast! I use MWF and its at least 3 times faster than my previous brush.
The Piccolo shaves very well, one minor knick on the first shave using a Nacet, two passes produces a passable shave, I knew the machining tolerances were poor, alignment is a bit of a pain but otherwise cannot complain, it's a dam good razor for the price!