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Bob Kramer 8" 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...Read More

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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 »

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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: 8"
  • 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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Customer Reviews

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Incredible Quality
I've been using this knife for a couple of months now and it is hands down my new favorite knife in the kitchen.

I have a collection of several knives but this one beats all others in terms of comfort, edge sharpness, and ease of sharpening.

Besides performing better than anything else in my collection, this knife is also a pleasure to look at and use because of how beautifully made it is. The craftsmanship is unlike anything I've ever seen available on the market.

A patina is just starting to develop on the blade surface and it's beautiful steel gray. Caring for the knife is easy, I wash and dry well after use and a honing steel has been keeping the edge in tip-top shape.

Great, great, knife
November 11, 2011
Cuts vegetables like soft butter
This knife is fantastic, it almost seems to melt through vegetables. It slides through a half thawed chicken breast in a way that makes it feel like I'm cubing gelatin.

It feels right - I think it has good fit and balance that lend it a very natural feel in my hand. Perhaps a bit less weight than I expected.

BK 8"" chef's knife would be just about perfect save for that it's hand wash, hand dry and lightly oil immediately after use.

I don't quite know what to say about value - this is the best blade I've ever worked with, but at this price point I'm not going to buy a ""set."" Not at least all at once.... maybe over a few years
May 15, 2012
Great knife
I purchased this knife in January 2012. Right out of the box it's a beautiful knife. The handle design is perfect - sharp corners are rounded and all is polished to a perfect finish.

The blade is perfectly uniform and the top line is rounded so it's easy on the hands. The taper allows for efficient cutting and it a joy to use. Some of my Japanese knives with geometric top lines are hard on the hands.

At $300 or $350 this knife isn't a value proposition. Having said that I have no quality issues whatsoever with the knife. Crazy sharp out of the box and also easy to put an edge on it (and it retains it). Some veggies do stick to the blade almost like there's suction. Not a big deal for me but it does happen. I have French carbon steel knives the the Kramer took getting used to as the blade is much wider.

To end not a value purchase but I would do it over. Great craftsmanship and solid performace in the kitchen
November 8, 2012
crazy sharp
this is my first carbon steel knife. I have it for over a year and it is still very sharp. The patina definitely build up on the knife, and i am still trying to get use to that. This is definitely not as pretty as the damascus pattern but lighter in hand for an 8"" chef knife
May 31, 2014
Outstanding Production Chef's Knife
It is truly rare when a product of this quality is made available as a production item. As are the custom Kramer knives, these Zwilling versions are extremely well designed and made from top-quality materials. I own a rather large collection of knives from Japanese, to French, to German, and a few custom made ones as well, and this single knife has blown me away. It is as sharp as my "Premiere" brand Japanese knives but I have to say the Bob Kramer design is slightly better and the blade heft is much more than the typical Japanese design.

Frankly, I just got the 8" a few days ago but I am so convinced this is going to be my "go to" knife for a long time I did not hesitate writing this review now. I have many years of experience using knives in all sorts of applications; cooking, hunting, butchering, wood working, I know what a sharp edge looks like, and I know when I am using a superb quality tool. The Bob Kramer line is just that.
April 7, 2016
Purchased
3 months ago
Beautiful!!!
This knife is a pleasure to look at and a joy to use. It is VERY sharp as it comes out of the box. I like sharp knives, but I won't mess with the edge on this one until it really needs it. The knife is expensive obviously, but if a person appreciates fine knives, has a little extra cash, and wants to pamper himself (or herself) this is a good way to do it.
June 4, 2016
Purchased
2 months ago
Fantastic Knife
This is a wonderful knife. It feels great in my hand and is well balanced. The quality of the workmanship is unparalleled. It is a true joy to use.
June 25, 2016
Purchased
1 month ago
 

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Why did you choose this?
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Have other Kramer Knives wanted carbon steel
John O on Jul 23, 2016
real wood handle (note the damascus version has a composite) and carbon steel (much easier to sharpen later). note the surface is harder to maintain than damascus. i bought and returned the damascus kramer - found it to have glitz without the function and longevity i wanted. also bought the kramer sharpening set.
Andrew P on Jun 11, 2016
Have other Kramer Knives wanted carbon steel
John O on Jul 23, 2016
I own the 6" version of this knife, it's such a joy to work with I had to have the 8".
William G on Jun 27, 2016
real wood handle (note the damascus version has a composite) and carbon steel (much easier to sharpen later). note the surface is harder to maintain than damascus. i bought and returned the damascus kramer - found it to have glitz without the function and longevity i wanted. also bought the kramer sharpening set.
Andrew P on Jun 11, 2016
Recommend on American Kitchen
Alford W on May 1, 2016
BEST KNIFE EVER
DAN H on Apr 18, 2016
cooks illustrated review
George D on Apr 14, 2016
Hours of research...best knife out there
John B on Apr 10, 2016
Sampled one of these at the store in San Antonio, TX. Without previously knowing anything about Bob Kramer I instantly knew this knife was extra special. It just felt unlike anything I have ever used or owned. I own a set of Shun Premiers and this is better than those hands down.
Ernesto S on Apr 1, 2016
I have 2 smaller Bob Krames and wanted the larger one.
Robert S on Feb 15, 2016
would like to have bob Kramer knife.
Barb on Dec 26, 2015
Recommended by America's Test Kitchen
JD C on Dec 23, 2015
Love all my Bob Kramer knives
Karen D on Dec 10, 2015
Best knife around
Eileen F on Nov 10, 2015
I wanted a knife with carbon steel edge but one i could still hone real quick while at work. I still love my takeda, but in a busy kitchen well rounded functionality makes sense
Erik S on Oct 18, 2015
Bob Kramer has a great reputation and I wanted to work with a carbon steel knife.
Edward B on Aug 28, 2015
Best knife I've ever used. Absolutely incredible.
Richard G on Jul 27, 2015
I wanted a great knife and this looked like a great knife
Michael R on Jun 15, 2015
Because my boyfriend loves this brand!
Vanessa H on Apr 20, 2015
quality is the main reason for this purchase
Kay T B on Apr 16, 2015
I've been drooling over this knife for ages and finally decided to treat myself.
Christine L on Feb 8, 2015
My sister talked me into it. More knife than I needed. Returned.
Julie S on Jan 16, 2015
the price related to the quality of the steel.
polina l on Jan 1, 2015
This knife was rated highly in a magazine we read.
Tamara T on Dec 30, 2014
Because Porter said it was the best.
Marc L on Dec 20, 2014
I have the 10 inch and its just one of the best knifes I have ever used. Gets sharper and stays sharp. I have some of the top brands and this is hands down is my favorite.
Michael T on Dec 17, 2014
I already have the 6 in knife and it is a great knife
William H on Dec 16, 2014
Its the bomb Diggity!
Simon H on Dec 16, 2014
allows for perfect slicing. it is a work of art. The knife is true quality. I used my friends and knew our family needed one.
Kimberly L on Dec 15, 2014
This knife was recommended by our "How to cut like a pro" class teacher. It was his personal knife used for demonstration and had a nice blue/black patina on the blade from use.
Richard M on Dec 14, 2014
Review on YouTube by America's Test Kitchen and familiar with Bob Kramer's original work with knives. I have also always preferred carbon steel.
William S on Dec 9, 2014
Looks good, good price
harold c on Dec 8, 2014
It sounds like a great knife, just hard to resist, and I already own ten other knifes?
richard m on Dec 8, 2014
Quality and comfort
Mitch T on Dec 8, 2014
Sharper than stainless?
Jeff N on Dec 7, 2014
Great knife, reasonable price.
Mark D on Dec 6, 2014
Best knives ever!
Gift
Monte B on Dec 6, 2014
I like Bob Kramer products and it was on sale
Mr. T on Dec 4, 2014
Fantastic knife at an incredible value
Gustav D on Dec 3, 2014
cook's illustrated review of this knife.
william j on Dec 2, 2014
My husband has always wanted a Henckel and this price was better than any other. This is the first and I'm sure will not be the last!
Yvette V on Dec 1, 2014
good price and staff pick
Sharon S on Nov 28, 2014
Reputation
Christopher E on Nov 21, 2014
seemed to be the best quality.
Gage S on Nov 20, 2014
Love my first Kramer knife so much, I plan on creating a set.
Jeffrey W on Nov 18, 2014
Quality of product
Judy U on Nov 16, 2014
Review in Cook's Illustrated rated it the best
Deborah G on Nov 15, 2014
Reputation of bob Kramer and reviews.
Angelo L on Sep 15, 2014
because it was reviewed in the wall street journal as a great knife
Delaney L on Sep 15, 2014
Kramer's Carbon Steel knives are some of the best knives to be produced in years. I am afraid they may not be made in the future. I would suggest getting them while you can.
Alan F on Sep 5, 2014
The quality and legendary name of Bob Kramer along with the long-time excellent reputation of J.A. Henckels.
William F on Aug 8, 2014
I own the 6" version of this knife, it's such a joy to work with I had to have the 8".
William G on Jun 27, 2016
Recommend on American Kitchen
Alford W on May 1, 2016
Is it true that carbon steel will rust if not dried after use?
A shopper on May 11, 2011
BEST ANSWER: The first metal formulated to hold the razor-sharp, consistent edge required by the modern culinary arts, carbon steel has a rich 3,000-year heritage and is still a favorite of enthusiasts and professional for its perfect performance, amazing edge retention and ease of sharpening. The extremely fine grain structure of 52100 carbon steel fine grain allows for maximum sharpness.

Each blade is formulated from a type of straight carbon steel called 52100 —the exact type used by Bob in his own shop —and heat-treated to a hardness of 61 Rockwell. That means this knife has the ability to take an extremely sharp edge, to hold that edge under all sorts of use and abuse, and remain easy to sharpen. The full tang of the blade is tapered to Bob’s precise specifications, and the blade is sharpened to 15° on each side of the 50/50 edge with the traditional three-step hand-honed edge. Carbon Steel can rust easier than Stainless Steel so be sure to thouroughly dry your knife after each use paying special attention to the area around where the blade and the handle meet.
How is this knife different from the 8" Carbon Steel knife? SKU 789693 listed for $229?
A shopper on Jan 3, 2015
Bob Kramer 8
Bob Kramer 8" Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Bob Kramer Essential Collection Chef’s Knives by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Bob Kramer Essential Collection Chef’s Knives by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
BEST ANSWER: The carbon steel will hold an edge better and longer. You need to dry it after using or it will rust. And, yes, the handles are different. I prefer the wood on the carbon steel knife; it has a better feel to me. If you want to save money, I would go with the essential knife. If you want a better quality, go with the carbon steel. Check out an article in the New York Times, "The knife Rack Goes High End" from June 14,2011 that explains blades.
What is the recommended honing steel for these knives?

The set doesn't include one. Does Bob recommend ceramic, or just a hard steel.A second question is I am having a hard time finding blade guards to fit this knife. and give me some protection in my knife roll. Do you have any ideas
A shopper on May 30, 2011
BEST ANSWER: This line does now have a honing steel. It's called the Bob Kramer 12"" Honing Steel by Zwilling J A Henckels.As for the blade guards, try Messermeister Blade Guards. Some of them are made with a width as large as 2""
How does this knife compare to the Shun bob Kramer chef knife?
A shopper on May 9, 2011
BEST ANSWER: sharper blade. non-stainless carbon steel can be honed to a sharper blade edge due to the finer grain structure of the carbon steel.knife edge is less brittle and less prone to chipping.knife edge can be refreshed with a conventional steel without risk of damaging the blade (a problem with the harder and more brittle shun).zwilling full carbon knife has a slightly more comfortable handl
How much does this knife weigh?
Sherri B on Dec 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It is a bit on the hefty side (because of the deep blade (which creates more "knuckle-room" over the cutting board), but it is well-balanced and not unwieldy. I suppose the weight could be a factor for a person who has issues with hand strength--as would be the case for any heavier knife that will be used for extended sessions at the counter.
Hello! Do you ship to the UK? I'm looking for a knife that's going to stay sharp for a long time, is this going to be the best type of steel for the job? Thanks!
matt s on Apr 22, 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.
What is the width of the blade at the heel, at the widest part

I need to know how big a slot I'd need in a butcher block to store it.
A shopper on Apr 26, 2013
BEST ANSWER: At the widest point, these knives are 2 1/2"" wide
 

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