Bob Kramer 10" Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®
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- 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
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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
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
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
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
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
Questions & Answers
When will Sur la Table offer an 8"" version of the Kramer Zwilling-henkels chef Knife
We are selling this knife for $349.95. Valued at $455, it's an incredible deal!
I'm confused. Are you selling the 8"" knife for the same price as the 10 "" knife