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Bob Kramer 8" Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®

  • $299.95
  • Value: $380.00
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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: 8"
  • Material: High-carbon steel, African blackwood and brass
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
  • Made in Japan
FEATURES
  • 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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    4.5 / 5.0
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    Near perfect knife - just say NO to stainless
    This is the knife I thought I was getting with the stainless steel Shun version. Thank you Bob Kramer and Zwilling!

    IMO the patina that develops on the full carbon blade is more beautiful than the gaudy shine of commercial stainless.

    And the whole point of a knife is to be sharp and stay sharp. The Kramer/Zwilling knives do this better than anything commercially available.

    Carbon steel is razor sharp (sharper than the Shun) and very easy to keep sharp. The edge is easy to refresh with a steel, (unlike the Shun knife). And if it ever needs more than a steel, it can be quickly sharpened on a stone.

    I own the Kramer/Zwilling 8 in chef, 6 in chef, and 5 in utility knives. My wife and I have pretty much retired all other kitchen knives.

    Incredibly comfortable and functional and ergonomic handle/grip
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    June 15, 2011
    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
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    November 11, 2011
    I took the plunge
    I have owned the Shun version of this knife since it was introduced, and it is my favorite knife. Or was my favorite knife. My Shun has never needed to be sharpened in all the years that I have owned it, quite a remarkable feat, but then I take care of my knives. I have been a collector of fine custom knives since the 60s, and I really appreciate all of the high tech craftsmanship that goes into that knife. So why switch ? I read that Bob said, the new knife was so close to his original, that he now only produces his Damascus blades. Also the knife pass all of the demanding ""Master Smith"" knife test. It is lighter and thinner than the Shun, hence it cuts much better. So unless one has 8 to 10k for one of his customs, this is the way to go
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    December 30, 2011
    Great - But I need a knife block
    This is a terrific knife and does everything that I wanted it to. it is a pleasure to have in my kitchen. But I am not using it nearly as much as I want to.

    My problem is storage. Bob has to help us out here .. its too sharp to store without proper storage; too wide for the majority of knife blocks; a little scary to be moving in and out of blade protectors in a busy kitchen; and the one knife block designed for Bob Kramer knives is huge and takes up an enormous amount of kitchen space.

    Can Bob Kramer's shop design a knife block that will work for those of us in medium to small kitchens? I do love your knives
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    June 6, 2012
    "Well Done, Bob & Zwilling!"
    I was somewhat hesitant to purchase this knife, because it had a lot to live up to with my current collection of Japanese kitchen cutlery. I've never been a fan of the European wedge blade design, because I don't believe it holds as sharp an edge as the Japanese single sided angle blade. Santa dropped this knife down the chimney and I have to say I was highly impressed with the quality of materials, craftsmanship and balance of this knife. The knife came out of the box razor sharp, I'm talking whisker cutting sharp.

    This will not be the last Bob Kramer Zwilling knife I purchase, that is for sure
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    December 25, 2011
    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
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    November 8, 2012
    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
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    May 15, 2012
    "Truely good, just not the best"
    This knife has stayed sharp after 8 hr work shifts with proper care and honing of course. (i mean razor sharp) The wood handle will only love you back if you slightly oil him 2 times a month (if your using your knife as much as me). I love the weight and balance of this knife, truely well thought out. The Bolster is very comfortable and if you like to choke up on your knives then you will be pleased that your callouses will dissapear.

    On the other hand... I personally like wider knifes as my work horse but for some reason the dimensions took a while to get used to. I dont understand is why the spine and tang are polished so beautifully yet not the rest of the blade. And why brass? I can smell the brass sticking to my fingers even after brunoise-ing 10lbs of onions. Very heavy roughly 16oz, maybe sur la table should let us know that...

    All in all I will keep this knife at home from now on, It needs to be babied and well taken care of to get the most out of it.
    Not worth 300$ and the Damascus steel is not worth 400$
    But still a good knife! The Patina is sexy on this one too
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    September 11, 2013
    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
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    May 31, 2014
    Do You Like Heavy Thick Expensive Knives?
    This Kramer 8"" Chef's knife is very sharp and easy to keep that way. It's best quality is the balance which is the most comfortable for a heavy knife that I have ever experienced.

    That said, the blade is thick and it won't slide through a beet like a thinner blade of equal sharpness. I think for the money my custom M. Carter chef's blade is significantly better at the same $. There are also carbon blades made from Hitachi Blue (Super) and White steels for less than $100 that are better cutters.

    The Kramer knife looks great but the blade will easily stain when cutting acidic foods like citrus fruit. Alternatively, Hitachi carbon steel blades are often sandwiched between layers of stainless giving a keen carbon cutting edge for a that sharpens easily but will not develop the patina or discoloration on the knife's sides.

    I'm somewhat mystified why Bob Kramer does not place the cutting edge steel between softer stainless steels that would clean up much more easily
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    February 6, 2012
     

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