Bob Kramer 8" Limited-Edition Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®
LIMITED EDITION OF 250. Painstakingly handcrafted from the purest Damascus carbon steel with meticulous attention to detail, each of these 250 very special knives is certified by Bob Kramer to meet his exacting standards without compromise.
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.
The chef’s knife is the perfect kitchen workhorse, ideal for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing meats and vegetables. Handcrafted in Germany and designed to be used for years and then handed down as an heirloom piece.
CREATED FROM A SINGLE PIECE OF STEEL
Fire-welded 160-layer carbon-steel blocks are forged and hammered by hand to form a beautiful Damascus pattern. Each knife is unique, and this limited series of 250 pieces is presented in a leather sheath. This truly is the ultimate cutlery gift.
AN OBSESSIVE DEDICATION TO EXCELLENCE
Bob Kramer has spent nearly two decades reducing the craft of knife making to its essence, creating his original artisan knives on his own from start to finish in his small studio. There, he forges the best raw materials and a relentless pursuit of perfection into some of the most beautiful and sought-after cutlery in the culinary world.
THE PROS KNOW
Professional chefs know how important using the right knife is and often wait years to get their hands on one of Bob’s legendary handcrafted creations. For this collection, Sur La Table worked with the master himself and renowned German knife maker Zwilling J.A. Henckels to create an exquisite line of artisan knives.
WHAT IS CARBON STEEL?
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 professionals for its perfect performance, amazing edge retention and ease of sharpening.
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HANDCRAFTED IN SOLINGEN, GERMANY
Each knife is handcrafted to Bob Kramer’s exact specifications. Never before has a Kramer carbon Damascus knife been made outside of his shop and only 250 pieces have been made of this limited edition piece. Seamless Damascus from blade to forged bolster to full tang, which is engraved with each knife’s unique number, from 1 to 250. Packaged in a special presentation box, it includes a signed letter from Bob himself and Dr. Droese, Chief Technical Officer for Zwilling J.A. Henckels.
KRAMER’S EXACTING SPECIFICATIONS
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.
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.
- Experience the unrivaled performance and minimal maintenance of a Bob Kramer original, available for the first time to home enthusiasts.
- Professionals wait years for a Kramer original.
- We worked with the master himself and renowned German knife maker Zwilling J.A. Henckels for this exquisite line of artisan knives.
- The chef’s knife is the perfect kitchen workhorse, ideal for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing meats and vegetables.
- Precise straight carbon-steel formulation, called 52100, for remarkable strength and unmatched edge retention.
- Forged from a single piece of steel
- Blade is sharpened to 15° on each side of the 50/50 edge with the traditional three-step hand-honed edge.
- The wide blade shape allows for maximum knuckle clearance.
- Heat-treated to a hardness of 61 Rockwell, so it comes sharp, stays sharp and is easy to maintain.
- The full tang of the blade is tapered to Bob’s precise specifications.
- Triple-riveted for strength and control.
- Precisely riveted handles are finished with a stainless steel center pin handcrafted by Bob himself.
- Carbon steel is the first metal formulated to hold the razor-sharp, consistent edge required by modern chefs.
- The only Master Bladesmith in the world specializing in kitchen cutlery, Bob Kramer creates some of the most sought-after cutlery in the world.
- Designed according to Bob’s almost two decades of experience.
- Use for years, then hand down as an heirloom piece.
- Care: Hand wash; please do not clean with bleach or chlorine
- Dimensions: 8"
- Material: High-carbon steel, grenadille wood and brass
- Warranty: Lifetime warranty
Since then, Zwilling J.A. Henckels has been committed to manufacturing knives of the highest quality. With a long list of firsts—including the first stainless-steel blade, first multi-purpose kitchen shears and first santoku on the American market—Zwilling J.A. Henckels continues to be a true innovator in the world of cutlery.
In 2011, Zwilling J.A. Henckels formed a partnership with Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer and Sur La Table. The King of the Kitchen Knife, Kramer has been pursuing perfection and forging some of the most sought-after cutlery for almost 20 years. Now home chefs can enjoy the amazing performance of a Kramer custom original at just a fraction of the cost.
Mr. Kramer takes his craft very seriously. Read about how he came up with his own signature knife pin:
“Many moons ago when I decided to put a mosaic pin on my knives I wanted something symbolic and powerful. The two basic elements of the pin are the concepts of ‘three’ and circles. The number three is regarded as a magic number in many cultures and, strangely enough, it also plays a big role in my heat treatment. Three shows up as the nuclear family (mother, father, baby), the tripod (the simplest stable platform), and for me the body, mind and spirit connection.
The circle is also a powerful symbol representing the sun, the birth-life-death cycle, the moon, and of course the wheel. In the early 1900s, Nicholas Roerich, an artist and humanitarian, decided to use this symbol as a flag for peace and culture.
I like the idea that the knives I make are used daily to make food for people, nourishment for friends and family, to establish connection. I like to think that the energy I put into the knife, and the symbol in the pin, will inspire the user in some way—and that feeling transfers to the food. Food with love, you know it tastes better.”