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Bob Kramer 8" Stainless Damascus Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®

Certified as a Master Bladesmith by the American Bladesmith Society, Bob Kramer is one of the only Master Bladesmiths in the world specializing in kitchen cutlery. Cook’s Illustrated once wrote: “The Kramer knife outperformed every knife...Read More

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Certified as a Master Bladesmith by the American Bladesmith Society, Bob Kramer is one of the only Master Bladesmiths in the world specializing in kitchen cutlery. Cook’s Illustrated once wrote: “The Kramer knife outperformed every knife we’ve ever rated.” Put simply, Kramer is King of the Kitchen Knife. Saveur dubbed Bob “The Master of the Blade.”  

For this exclusive collection, Sur La Table worked with the master himself—along with renowned German knife maker Zwilling J.A. Henckels—to create an exquisite line of artisan knives designed by Bob and crafted to his exacting specifications.

The chef’s knife is the perfect kitchen workhorse, ideal for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing meat and vegetables. Wide blade makes it easy to transfer ingredients from cutting board to bowl or pot. Hand wash. 8" blade. Limited lifetime warranty. Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan, exclusively for Sur La Table®.

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  • We worked with Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer, along with renowned German knife maker Zwilling J.A. Henckels, for this exclusive cutlery collection
  • Artisan knives designed by Bob and crafted to his exacting specifications
  • Professional chefs often wait years for a Kramer original
  • SG2 super-steel core for razor-sharp, lasting edge
  • 101-layer blade features deep-etched chevron Damascas designed by Bob
  • Ice-hardened to 63 Rockwell
  • Linen micarta handle resists wear, even after prolonged use
  • Full tang tapered to Bob’s precise specifications
  • Triple riveted for strength and control
  • Signature decorative center pin is handcrafted by Bob himself
  • Traditional 3-step hand finishing on each edge
  • 15° angle on each side for scalpel-like sharpness
  • Ergonomic design for hours of comfortable use
  • Handmade in Seki City, Japan, exclusively for Sur La Table

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  • Manufacturer: Kramer by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
  • Dimensions: 8" blade
  • Material: Micarta, Damascus steel, nickel
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
 

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  • Hand wash

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Pure Excellence. Exceptional Beauty
I love this knife. This knife is truly beautiful, and impressive in every sense of the word. I have been researching for a year on what to buy as my great new chef knife. I have been to so many different places, and seen so many knives and I am so pleased with this knife. The balance is outstanding and very sharp. It cuts through anything I put under it with ease. The craftsmanship of this knife screams excellence. I am so thankful that the staff at the Berkeley store helped me find this knife. Thank you
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August 13, 2012
"Beautiful, But..."
This knife looks great and handles beautifully. It is well balanced and feels good in your hand. When chopping small things like carrot strips or scallions it cuts like a dream. But, that beautiful pattern on the sides is not as smooth as a traditional chef's knife and can present significant friction when cutting bigger things. So, for instance, if you cut a crisp fresh apple in half it is actually hard to do and requires more pressure than my other (45 year old!) chef's knife. Cutting a cabbage in half is really hard with this knife. Once I discovered this characteristic of the knife I was pretty disappointed. I can't recommend buying it as a result. My suggestion is, if you want to buy this, keep in mind that it isn't ideal for all cutting jobs
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June 29, 2014
Exceptional in Every Regard
This is cutlery as art. This is art with the purest form function.

Short of the custom made Kramer knives, this knife has no peer.

As a personal chef, I use my knives far more than the average person. Therefore, they are sharpened more than average... my sharpening guy smiles just because he gets to handle this knife.

More than a year after I purchased it, this still feels like an incredible value. I cannot adequately express the joy it brings every time I pull it from my knife roll
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October 16, 2013
Kramer amazes again
Beautiful damascus, full tang construction, triple rivets, but it's the details that amaze. The spine is beveled for you two-handed choppers out there, the tang tapers at each end, tall blade to protect your knuckles from hitting the board, and the handle is made from linen and resin micro-printed to look like wood (making it more durable and sanitary than wood). Incredibly sharp and great for rock chops.

Had the privilege of meeting Mr. Kramer at an SLT class and was amazed to see him pushing one of his knives through paper (not dragging, but pushing it through the air with no resistance) - amazing
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December 8, 2013
 

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I chose it as a gift for my boyfriend. He's a professional chef. It's good quality, and although it's a commercial Kramer knife, he'll still appreciate it.
Sarah I on Jan 26, 2016
This is a Christmas gift for my daughter. She went into your store and tried out all the chef's knives and this one felt the best to her.
Jill M on Nov 30, 2015
My husband is a professional chef and watched a show on Discover about the metalsmith Bob Kramer.
Deborah N on Dec 3, 2015
My husband is a Sous Chef and are 2 year anniversary is coming up. I have been researching dozens of knives and this one is a notch above the rest, designed by a master bladesman. Nothing else need be said! Can't wait until he sees it!!!
Marlana G on Sep 3, 2015
Bob Kramer 8"" Chef Knife?

Is Bob Kramer 8"" stainless Damascus Chef's Knife are both right or left handed user???Which Brand of Chef Knife are left handed user?Japanese Knife are right handed users??
A shopper on Nov 2, 2013
Best Answer: Bob Kramer knives are left and right handed knives. Only Japanese knives with the D shaped handles--such as Shun, or Miyabi Kaizen & Artisan SG2--are hand specific. They are right handed knives
Reply · Report · AmandaSltCsStaff on Nov 3, 2013
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Is this available in stores?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, this knife is available in stores.
Reply · Report · Amanda MStaff on Sep 3, 2014
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What are the advantages to carbon steel vs. stainless in a Bob Kramer knife?

I want to invest in a good 8"" chef's knife. Bob Kramer makes both carbon steel and stainless -- how do I decide which one
A shopper on Dec 28, 2012
Best Answer: It's hard to say which is better, as it is completely a matter of opinion. Below I have posted some information I found online about stainless and carbon knives to help aid your decision.Stainless Steel is rust resisitant and therefore, easy maintainence. It has great edge retention and is easy to resharpen. Stainless steel is the preferred knife of a beginner chef.Carbon steel knives are not easy maintainenece. Carbon Steel blades require additional care to avoid rust and discoloration. All extra maintainence aside, you will not find a knife that holds an edge longer or sharpens better than a carbon steel knife. This is the choice of the expert chef. A side note: carbon steel knives are special because of the patina they develope. This makes each carbon steel knife unique
Reply · Report · AmandaSltCsStaff on Jan 6, 2013
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How does the Kramer Essential perform in comparison to the Kramer Damascus?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2015
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Bob Kramer 8" Stainless Damascus Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®
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Bob Kramer Essential Collection Chef’s Knives by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Best Answer: I have a mixture of Essential, Damascus, and Carbon Steel knives from the Kramer line. The Essentials are excellent knives, and they are my wife's favorites. Very easy to maintain, comfortable to use, but not able to hold quite as sharp an edge at the others, and I find that I need to use the sharpening kit every 2 months or so to keep them at their peak.

The Damascus and the Carbon Steel knives are clearly superior. Both take and hold the sharpest edges I have ever worked with, and I have previously used Sabatier, Wustoff, and Henkels as my go-to cutlery. It is truly incredible to work with these knives. The big difference between these two lines for me is that the Carbon Steel knives are a little fussier - they need to be cleaned immediately, especially after acidic foods, to avoid staining/discoloring the metal, and they need to be lightly oiled regularly.

I started with the Essentials. If I were starting again, I would go entirely with the Damascus knives.
Reply · Report · Kenneth M on Nov 8, 2015
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Does this knife get rusty? Do you have to dry it after each use? I'm looking for an easy maintenance tool as I don't have much patience.
Lake C on Dec 28, 2014
Best Answer: No, it doesn't get rusty. It's stainless steel.
Reply · Report · Amanda MStaff on Dec 31, 2014
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So are there "dos" and "don'ts" when it comes to sharpening? I have one of those Wusthoff stone sharpeners you slide the knife through. Is it OK to use it on my new carbon-steel Kramer? My sense is that it's too rough for the Kramer.
christopher c on Apr 18, 2015
Best Answer: The knife should only need to be sharpened once a year. During that time you should use the honing steel every time or every other time you use the knife. Tungsten steel is the best
Reply · Report · Kelly F on Apr 18, 2015
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What is the overall length of knife from tip of blade to bottom of end cap?
A shopper on Dec 15, 2014
Best Answer: 13 1/8"
Reply · Report · Albert H on Jan 6, 2015
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Where does the knife balance? Is it a heavy or light blade or does it balance with handle?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2015
Best Answer: The blade is NOT overly heavy. I would say it is slightly lighter than the handle, but they're close. It is very balanced. The handle is quite heavy and substantial. This knife is an absolute delight to use, exceptionally well designed. It is a working knife that just happens to look good, too.
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