If you're looking for something more blade-esque in the short irons while more forgiving in the longer irons, a combo set might be something to look into. I know Titleist had the 735 CM's a while ago (not sure of a newer model) and Nike also has combo sets. With Mizuno irons you can use MP-64's or 69's in the short irons and 54's or 59's in the long irons to create a sort of combo set. Ping doesn't exactly have a combo set, but they have the S56's and are coming out with the S55's that resemble blades from address but have more forgiveness. I hit those myself and liked the shape of them and they were certainly more forgiving compared to a couple sets of "true" blades I've tried (mishit an MP-69 and you'll feel it in in your wrists for 15 minutes).
Here's a list of some irons you might want to give a look if you take a trip to a golf shop to test irons:
- Titleist AP2's (MB's in the short irons and CB's in the long irons, or the CB's in the short and standard AP2's in the long irons would work for what you want).
- Ping S56/S55 (Might get a good deal on the S56 if Ping puts them on sale when the S55 is released in November)
- Mizuno MP-series irons (54, 59, 64, and 69 are the newest editions ordered from most forgiving to least)
- Callaway X-Forged (heard good things about them, but never tried them myself)
- Taylormade Rocketbladez Tour (seen these around, seem to be more respectable than their name implies)
- Taylormade Tour Preferred CB irons (these seem to be another better player's iron version that they have for sale, haven't seen much of them though)
- Nike VR Pro Combo (This is a set with the blades in the short irons, then the cavity back in the longer ones)
- Cobra Amp Cell Pro (These are the Cobra blades,priced at $799 which is cheaper than most other brands)
If budget is a concern:
- Ping s56 might go on sale with the s55 release
- Cobra irons appeared to be the cheapest of the list
If customization is a concern:
- Mizuno has four different option to choose from that they will let you mix and match when you purchase your set
- Ping supposedly has good fitting
If a combo set is a must:
- Mizuno, Titleist, and Nike all sell combo sets in one way or another
- Ping and Taylormade do not sell combo sets, but their irons are more forgiving than blades throughout the set
If durability is an issue:
- Mizunos, though noted for feel, will ding easily
- The Taylormade and Ping irons are cast out of harder metals, meaning they will look pretty for longer
Overall, you really just need to go out and try all the irons you can get your hands on to see what works for you and what you like.