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

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The chef’s knife is the perfect kitchen workhorse, ideal for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing meats and vegetables. Shop all Bob Kramer Carbon Steel » Read The New York Times article here. Food writer Josh Ozersky is also a pretty big fan...Read More

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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.

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EXCLUSIVE The chef’s knife is the perfect kitchen workhorse, ideal for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing meats and vegetables.

Shop all Bob Kramer Carbon Steel »

Read The New York Times article here.

Food writer Josh Ozersky is also a pretty big fan of the Bob Kramer Carbon Steel collection.

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  • 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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  • Manufacturer: Zwilling J.A. Henckels
  • Dimensions: 10"
  • Material: High-carbon steel, African blackwood and brass
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
  • Made in Japan

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  • Hand wash; please do not clean with bleach or chlorine

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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
June 10, 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
September 4, 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
December 30, 2012
WOW
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!
November 11, 2011
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.
May 31, 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
June 29, 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
November 19, 2011
 

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
I have a French ( Saboteur ) Carbon Steel knife that is my go to knife. I also have a Global SS knife. The down side of it is the length. It is not long enough to carve a turkey. My other knives are stainless steel Chicago Cutlery. While they always look nice they will not hold an edge like the Saboteur will.
Millard Q on Nov 30, 2016
the best of the best
Robert C on Oct 21, 2016
I have a French ( Saboteur ) Carbon Steel knife that is my go to knife. I also have a Global SS knife. The down side of it is the length. It is not long enough to carve a turkey. My other knives are stainless steel Chicago Cutlery. While they always look nice they will not hold an edge like the Saboteur will.
Millard Q on Nov 30, 2016
My son has told me that these are the best knifes. This is a Christmas gift.
patty w on Nov 17, 2016
the best of the best
Robert C on Oct 21, 2016
This knife has excellent reviews and is known to stay sharp and last a lifetime.
Darrell H on Aug 20, 2016
The bride registered for it
Marleigh G on Aug 15, 2016
Great quality knife
Jay R on Jul 1, 2016
I have two custom knives by Bob Kramer and one stainless Demascus by Henckels. You never can have enough Kramer knives
alexander m on Jun 17, 2016
This is considered the top of the line chef knife available.
William O on Jun 13, 2016
I prefer carbon steel knives because of the superiority of carbon steel over stainless steel.
William R on May 31, 2016
ATK review
Berous P on May 24, 2016
IIt is the best knife I have every used short of the high carbon steel knife my grandfather, who was an executive chief, left me. I have one of these Zwilling knives; I have a second home; I want another. I have been on Kramerâ??s waiting list for over 7 years; I don't think you can actually get an authentic Kramer knife short of the auction he runs.
william S on Dec 15, 2015
Kramer's craftsmanship is second to none..
Adam M on Dec 1, 2015
I've been in the market for a 10" cook's knife to replace my MAC and Global blades. I had to chance to test drive a friend's Kramer and found the handle size and shape nearly ideal. The balance was terrific ... and it cuts stuff pretty well, as a bonus. ;)
Jon L on Oct 12, 2015
I love this knife
Zachary M on Jul 1, 2015
Form and materials. Sharpness.
eric g on Apr 4, 2015
I've had this knife since 2010. I use it every day. Best knife ever. Unfortunately, a section of the blade chipped off when using it last night. I'll be EXTRA careful with this new one...
Marc M on Mar 8, 2015
It's a Kramer, a replica, but the quality cant be beat. And this way you can save over $30,000.00, yes I entered that amount correctly.
Eric H on Feb 1, 2015
My boyfriend who loves to cook wanted one of these for a while and I thought it was perfect for our three year anniversary.
Kelly R on Jan 19, 2015
It is a Christmas gift
Michelle P on Dec 13, 2014
Suggestion from knowledgable customer service rep
Granville H on Nov 22, 2014
cook in a professional kitchen and wanted a knife that can handle my everyday work
scott j on Aug 23, 2014
That's what the bride and groom wanted and I have one and it is fabulous.
Andrea C on Aug 21, 2014
My son has told me that these are the best knifes. This is a Christmas gift.
patty w on Nov 17, 2016
This knife has excellent reviews and is known to stay sharp and last a lifetime.
Darrell H on Aug 20, 2016
Where are the knives made?
A shopper on Jun 1, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Created by Bob Kramer, Master Bladesmith by the American Bladesmith Society, these knives are made in Japan
8"" Knif

When will Sur la Table offer an 8"" version of the Kramer Zwilling-henkels chef Knife
A shopper on May 10, 2011
BEST ANSWER: We do currently offer the 8"" Bob Kramer Carbon Steel Chef's Knife from Zwilling JA Henkels. It is product number 789693
how much dose the 10"" chef knife weigh
A shopper on Feb 24, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The actual weight of the knife is 10.6 ounces. I own one and weighed it.
What is the total length of the 10" Carbons Steel Chef's knife?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Measured along the curvature of the sharpened cutting edge, the blade is 9.879". Measured in straight line from tip of blade to other end of handle, the knife is 15.0"
whatis thedifference between the kramer,henkles,japanese carbon steel knife and those carbon steel knives by kramer alone?,
A shopper on Jun 30, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Kramer knives are made in the USA by Bob Kramer and cost around $1500 for an 8"".The Zwillings version is made by Zwillings in Japan. They use the same steel, but they are not hand forged and heat treated by Bob.The Zwilings knives are a very high quality knife in the shape of a Kramer Original.You will wait years for a hand-made Kramer knife.Shun introduced a Kramer line a couple years ago but these Zwillings are even closer to the real thing
Price of 8"" knif

I'm confused. Are you selling the 8"" knife for the same price as the 10 "" knife
A shopper on May 12, 2011
BEST ANSWER: These knives are not the same price. The 8"" is $299.95 and the 10"" is $349.95. They will be available for sale in as little as 10 days
And the price?
A shopper on May 11, 2011
BEST ANSWER: We are VERY excited about this knife! Certified as a Master Bladesmith by the American Bladesmith Society, Bob Kramer is the only Master Bladesmith 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.
We are selling this knife for $349.95. Valued at $455, it's an incredible deal!
 

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