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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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Customer Reviews

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"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
June 30, 2014
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
August 14, 2012
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
October 17, 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
December 9, 2013
A show stopper of a knife!
This is the stainless Damascus blade version of the Euroline High Carbon knife in the Bob Kramer line by Zwilling. I have both in the 8" size, and looking at them side-by-side they are identical in size, dimensions, and design. The differences are in the Damascus Chevron pattern and the handle material. It should be noted that the Damascus pattern is beautiful and very pronounced visually, it can be felt readily when running your finger over the flat of the blade.

This knife is designed to perform. The heel end of the blade is wide giving you plenty of room for your fingers to clear the cutting board. No more bumped knuckles. The blade tip has just enough drop to make chopping easy and the belly of the blade is generous. I like the handle, it is comfortable and doesn't cut into your hand because all the edges are softly rounded. No more blisters when going through large cutting and chopping jobs. And since this is a stainless blade you don't have to worry about keeping it dry and clean while working - it will not rust or tarnish. While this knife comes extremely sharp right out of the box I do wonder how much harder it will be to resharpen compared to my high carbon version. That's okay because I have the Kramer sharpening kit and I enjoy tending to my knives, it's sort of therapeutic.

It would be hard for me to recommend one over the other but if you want a really spectacular looking knife with a very tough blade I would go with this Damascus version. Not only will you enjoy using it, you'll love taking it out every now and then just to admire it's beauty.
April 27, 2016
7 months ago
Not exactly what I thought
I must have missed that the blade is actually 7" and not 8" long. The other negative is the shape is not as "rockable" as other high quality blades. Otherwise, very pleased. The weight and balance are beautiful and the appearance and finish of the metal are exceptional. The metal design does assist with having the sliced material not stick. Also, the sharpness is the best I have ever experienced. Like anything, change takes a little getting used to, so I will stick with it. Also, surprised the blade did not come with a cardboard or plastic sleeve or shield to put on the blade when traveling with it, odd, even inexpensive come with something.
August 15, 2016
4 months ago
Worth every penny. Amazing knife!
If you are a cook and use knifes regularly, you'll want a good chefs knife and this is it! The blade grabs the product you are about to cut and slices through it with great ease. Slight honing is still recommended as is proper knife care. I couldn't be more pleased with this knife. I will slowly be adding more Kramers to my knife block.
July 2, 2016

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
requested gift
Stephen L on Nov 24, 2016
Clif W D on Apr 30, 2016
requested gift
Stephen L on Nov 24, 2016
We have one and wanted to give it as a wedding gift.
Ann S on Jul 13, 2016
Clif W D on Apr 30, 2016
Requested by recipient of gift.
Karen S on Apr 4, 2016
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
My husband is a professional chef and watched a show on Discover about the metalsmith Bob Kramer.
Deborah N on Dec 3, 2015
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 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
Kramer craftsmanship
Richard P on Sep 3, 2015
Known as a world class knife maker but these Sur La Table and Henkel versions are much easier to obtain than the Kramer originals, have a lower price yet retain much of the technique and technology that make these knives so amazing.
Forest E on Aug 15, 2015
superb product.
alice s on Aug 4, 2015
Kramer knives are outstanding and the best for their price.
Michael E. J on Jun 30, 2015
personal recommendation
Robert H on Jun 21, 2015
Because it is high quality and beautiful and you had the best price.
Marilyn C on Jun 10, 2015
Marilyn G on May 4, 2015
I have one and love it so I bought it for a friend as a gift for his 50th birthday.
Ralph A on Apr 4, 2015
Comfortable, beautiful and SHARP! Get the glove so you don't cut off your hand :)
Sylvia B on Mar 30, 2015
It was a tough choice between this or the carbon steel version. Overall the look is better with the layered mix of nickel and steel.
Morgan E on Feb 7, 2015
Was looking for a nice blade that would last a lifetime
Chris R on Feb 6, 2015
Best knife available, at the best price I could find!
Marc L on Dec 24, 2014
I have the 10" Damascus. Best knife I've ever used!
Eric B on Dec 24, 2014
Tested knife in one of your stores; husband is a gourmet cook (by hobby) and he brought some back from Japan. This is right up there with the best Japanese.
Rosamarie Z on Dec 19, 2014
Purchasing as a gift for my soon to be nephew-in-law who is a great cook. He had a chance to demo product at store and was very impressed with sharpness of blade and handling of knife.
KENNETH H on Dec 17, 2014
My husband is a chef and wanted a Damascus Knife, and I thought what better time than on Christmas!
Magaly W on Dec 15, 2014
On sale. Great knife.
Jack S on Dec 11, 2014
I bought this knife as a gift for my friend...he wanted a really good chef's style knife...this one looked pretty good :)
Todd M on Dec 10, 2014
I have trusted the reviews of Christopher Kimball at America's test kitchen for years and this knife has his high rating, I believe. After watching the video of this knife being made and just looking at its beauty I can not wait to gift this knife to my son who is an avid home cook.
Laura H on Dec 10, 2014
my husband wanted a good knife for Christmas and this looked like a good one
Kathy J on Dec 9, 2014
Our son is a chef and chose this knife
Ann B on Dec 9, 2014
mike s on Dec 9, 2014
This is the second Stainless Damascus Knife we have purchased. Love the sharpness and shape of blade. Makes chopping, cutting, slicing easy!
Suzanne L on Dec 8, 2014
closest to the real thing . . .
Sam J on Dec 7, 2014
Quality is very important...and my BFF wanted the knife!
SHELLEY F on Dec 1, 2014
Heard Kramer knives were quite desirable.
MARGIE D on Dec 1, 2014
My son, who is a chef, requested it for Christmas.
Lise C on Dec 1, 2014
My husband wanted this for Christmas! He does the cooking.
Linda J B on Dec 1, 2014
The Kramer knives have the best balance and "handle feel".
Howard A on Dec 1, 2014
This is the knife my husband, a foody, has always wanted...and now it's on SALE!
Susan W on Dec 1, 2014
Great knife at a great price.
Howard B on Nov 23, 2014
Great Knife at great price.
Howard B on Nov 23, 2014
quality of producer and favorable reviews
WILLIAM B on Nov 18, 2014
Carolyn D on Nov 16, 2014
I've heard only good things about this brand
Fred T on Nov 13, 2014
Article in WSJ
Steven S on Sep 13, 2014
Read the article in the Wall Street Journal
Diane K on Sep 10, 2014
Wall Street Journal Week-end feature on "Eating and Drinking"
David J on Sep 6, 2014
Quality. Read about it in The Week
jon z on Sep 6, 2014
"Best kitchen knife money can buy without going custom"- WSJ
John M on Sep 2, 2014
Saw article in Wall Street Journal and thought our son, who is a Chef, would like it as a birthday gift.
Julia B on Sep 2, 2014
a gift
Edward D on Sep 1, 2014
We have one and wanted to give it as a wedding gift.
Ann S on Jul 13, 2016
Requested by recipient of gift.
Karen S on Apr 4, 2016
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
Is this available in stores?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this knife is available in stores.
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
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.
How does the Kramer Essential perform in comparison to the Kramer Damascus?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2015
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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.
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
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"
Do you ship to Brazil ?
Nelsfi on Mar 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: At this time, we are unable to process international orders placed over the web or over the phone. Our international shipping charges are determined by the destination of the items and the dimensional weight of the box, and do not include any taxes or duty that may be applied upon reaching their destination. We do need a credit card with a United States billing address, otherwise a money order in U.S. funds must be sent for the amount of the order. Please note that tariffs, customs, and/or duties may be due upon delivery of your package. These additional charges are the responsibility of the package recipient.
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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