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Bob Kramer 10" Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®

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ATTENTION CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS: Proposition 65 warning: This product contains brass, which includes a very small amount of lead, a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
Exclusive The chef’s knife is the perfect kitchen workhorse, ideal for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing meats and vegetables.

  • Manufacturer: Zwilling J.A. Henckels
  • Care: Hand wash; please do not clean with bleach or chlorine
  • Dimensions: 10"
  • Material: High-carbon steel, African blackwood and brass
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
  • Made in Japan
  • Bob Kramer is one of the few Master Bladesmiths in the world specializing in kitchen cutlery
  • Professional chefs wait years for a Kramer original
  • We worked with the master himself and renowned knife maker Zwilling J.A. Henckels for this exquisite line of carbon steel knives made by artisans in Seki City, the Japanese knife-making capital since the 13th century
  • Now home chefs can experience the unrivaled performance of a Kramer original
  • Made using a carbon-steel formulation called 52100 for remarkable strength and unmatched edge retention
  • Carbon steel is the first metal formulated to hold the razor-sharp, consistent edge required by modern chefs
  • Heat-treated to a hardness of 61 Rockwell, so it comes sharp, stays sharp and is easy to maintain
  • Blade is sharpened to 15° on each side of the 50/50 edge with the traditional three-step hand-honed edge
  • Features a brass bolster for support
  • Comfortable African blackwood handle mirrors the shape of your palm
  • The full tang of the blade is tapered to Bob’s precise specifications
  • Triple-riveted for strength and control
  • Signature brass decorative center pin is handcrafted by Bob himself
  • Over time the blade will develop the beautiful blue-gray patina prized by professional chefs as the signature of a favorite knife. This heirloom-quality knife is easy to care for—just keep it clean and dry for a lifetime of unparalleled performance.

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    Bob Kramer by Zwilling J.A. Henkels® Knife Sharpening Kit

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    New 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. Put simply, Kramer is King of the Kitchen Knife. As such, Bob Kramer has seen the knife from ... More About Bob Kramer by Zwilling J A Henkels Knife Sharpening Kit »

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    Zwilling Carbon Steel Cutlery Care Kit

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    New Keep your carbon steel blades in the same condition as the day you got them with this kit that includes the essentials for removing patina and protecting your cutlery from the damaging effects of daily wear. Kit contains a patina eraser, camellia oil and a ... More About Zwilling Carbon Steel Cutlery Care Kit »

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    I attended Bob's knife seminar and ...

    I had often realized that the edge on my cheap carbon steel pocket knife was sharper than the edges I got with my Wustof knives. Not by much, but enough to notice. Bob's seminar gave me the info on why.

    The 10 inch is just a bit longer than my 9 inch Wustof, but as easy to handle with a sharper, more usable tip and better ergonomics. I can also get this knife much sharper, although my Wustof's scare most folks. This extra sharpness translates into quicker, easier work and better results. Onions water less, apples oxide slower and tomatoes don't crush at all, even with a fine dice.

    If you can deal with the care of carbon steel, you'll be impressed by this knife.

    I now intend to buy the utility and paring knives
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    June 9, 2011
    You get what you pay for!
    We have an eclectic set of cutlery in our home, including some Galaxy 2 knives that my wife got when she was a poor college student, Calphalon, Wusthof, and now this knife (I also purchased the paring knife).

    This is markedly sharper than my Wusthof. The carbon steel really does hold a finer edge.

    The patina and discoloration develop almost immediately, so if you expect a shiny knife, you might not be happy... but you are prepared for the extra care needed for carbon steel, I think you'll find it's worth it.

    Now, is it worth 10x the cost of a Calphalon? That's an individual judgement call. I like to cook; I like to work with the best tools I can afford; and I think it's worth the money. When you compare it to the price of Kramer's custom knives, you can even call it a bargain
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    July 29, 2011
    Best knife I have owned
    Rested this knife on a tomato and it, by itself, cut through the skin. Enough said?

    It does take care, but really no more than should be given to any quality knife. It is meant to be held as professional chefs do, with thumb and first finger on the blade. Held that way, it has excellent balance and perfect heft. A casual chef might find this blade a bit long. Choose carefully from the available lengths
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    September 3, 2011
    I've been a fan of Henckels for most of my 28 year career in kitchens, and that's why I chose this knife, but I did not expect to be blown away like this. Easily the best knife i've ever touched... thick handle, balanced weight, rounded edges where you're hands wrap around, holds an edge like nothing else, just a joy to work with. I find myself searching for things to cut. This is a knife priced to be on your shelf somewhere, however, you'll want to use this knife everyday, I promise you that because I do!
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    November 10, 2011
    VERY similar to the original
    My sister brought my now brother in-law home last year for Christmas, and that's when I was introduced to Kramer knives. I'm a guitarmaker. I love hearing about things that are made by hand, AND I'd been wondering if any knives were made out of the same steel as my edge tools.

    And then, sticker shock. ""They're how much? And you have to get picked in a lottery?""

    Later during the same trip we were window shopping in Sir La Table and coincidentally saw these knives. He was skeptical, and I was thrilled. After spending time handling them and playing, I decided to bring a few home and couldn't be happier that I did.

    The selling points for me were the fact that they use the same steel as Kramer originals, and the fact that the handles were SO comfortable. And now, after a year of use, after being able to work with my brother in-law's originals, and after him having been able to work with Zwillings, we're both floored. These knives are so good. He says the only difference he really notices is that his 10"" chef's knife is balanced ever so slightly better than mine (emphasis on slightly).

    Don't hesitate. These are pricey, but I'm building my collection over time. They're truly works of art that I expect to use my entire life. Even with a critical eye, I can't find a thing to complain about
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    December 29, 2012
    Great Knife!
    I use this all day every day at my job. It's the sharpest chef's knife I've ever used & sharpens with little to no effort on a stone. I also love the weight & large handle design. Perfect for me.
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    May 30, 2014
    Best knife I have ever held
    Great knife. Sharp, balanced, and feels like an extension of my arm. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves to cook
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    June 28, 2014
    Quality Control?
    Purchased the knife yesterday and although it's impressive, the quality control at the factory evidently needs some work.

    The tip of the knife has a significant burr and I could simply remove it and polish it myself, but that shouldn't be necessary with a $350 knife.

    I've called the store to arrange an exchange. If there are quality issues with the next one, I'll give up on this product. After all, it is a luxury item and there are vintage high-carbon knives out there that can be ground and sharpened to just as fine an edge
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    November 18, 2011

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