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Bob Kramer Carbon Steel

Certified as a Master Bladesmith by the American Bladesmith Society, Bob Kramer is the only Master Bladesmith in the world specializing in kitchen cutlery. Cooks Illustrated once wrote: “The Kramer knife outperformed every knife we’ve ever rated.” Put simply -- Kramer is King of the Kitchen Knife.

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.

NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE
Now—for the first time ever—home chefs can experience the same unrivaled performance of a Bob Kramer original. Featuring the precise quality of carbon steel that Bob chooses for his custom artisan knives, these knives are built for remarkable strength and unmatched edge retention. The addition of the brass bolsters and handsome African blackwood handles shows that no detail has been overlooked.

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 that perfectly replicates the originals Kramer crafts in his own studio.

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 professional for its perfect performance, amazing edge retention and ease of sharpening. 52100 carbon steel has an extremely fine grain structure, allowing for maximum sharpness.

 

HANDCRAFTED IN SEKI CITY, JAPAN
Each knife is handcrafted to precise specifications in “The City of Blades,” the Japanese knife capital of Seki City. Its reputation as the premier sword-making center began in the 13th century during the war-torn Kamakura Era. Master swordsmith Motoshige escaped the fighting and moved to Seki City to be near the natural resources necessary to pursue his art.

UNIQUE AFRICAN BLACKWOOD HANDLE
Supremely comfortable in the hand, the natural African blackwood handle is gently rounded to mirror the curve of the palm. Triple-riveted for strength and seamlessly joined to the brass bolster, the signature decorative center pins are handcrafted by Bob himself.

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 ever 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
  • Made by expert artisans in Seki City, Japan, in a workshop specially constructed for this unique collection
  • Precise straight carbon-steel formulation called 52100 for remarkable strength and unmatched edge retention
  • 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
  • Signature brass decorative center pin is handcrafted by Bob himself
  • Carbon steel is the first metal formulated to hold the razor-sharp, consistent edge required by the modern chefs
  • Comfortable African blackwood handle mirrors the shape of your palm
  • Stunning brass bolster
  • 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
  • Seki City has been the Japanese knife-making capital since the 13th century
  • Use for years, then hand down as an heirloom piece
 

The Collection

Bob Kramer 6" Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®

Stars: 5.0

  • $249.95
  • Value: $315.00

New 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: 6" Material:... More About Bob Kramer Carbon Steel Chefs Knife  »

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

Stars: 4.6

  • $299.95
  • Value: $380.00

New 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: ... More About Bob Kramer Carbon Steel Chefs Knife »

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

Stars: 4.9

  • $349.95
  • Value: $440.00

New 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:... More About Bob Kramer Carbon Steel Chefs Knife by Zwilling J A Henckels »

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Bob Kramer 7" Carbon Steel Santoku Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®

Stars: 4.0

  • $299.95
  • Value: $380.00

New Exclusive This Asian-style knife features a broad blade and especially sharp cutting edge. The word santoku loosely translates as three virtues, a reference to the three cutting tasks the knife performs well: slicing, dicing and mincing. Manufacturer: Zwilling... More About Bob Kramer Carbon Steel Santoku Knife  »

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Bob Kramer 3½" Carbon Steel Paring Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®

Stars: 5.0

  • $149.95
  • Value: $190.00

New Exclusive The paring knife is small, with a plain-edge blade ideal for peeling and other small or intricate work, like de-veining shrimp, removing the seeds from peppers and cutting small garnishes. Designed to be an all-purpose knife, similar to a che’'s... More About Bob Kramer Carbon Steel Paring Knife  »

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Bob Kramer 5" Carbon Steel Utility Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®

Stars: 0.0

  • $199.95
  • Value: $250.00

New Exclusive A utility knife is between a chef’s knife and paring knife in size, and as such is immensely versatile and the favorite of many chefs. Small enough to handle easily, but big enough for a variety of medium-size cutting tasks, this knife can peel, chop ... More About Bob Kramer Carbon Steel Utility Knife  »

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Bob Kramer 9" Carbon Steel Slicer Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels®

Stars: 5.0

  • $329.95
  • Value: $415.00

New Exclusive The slicer knife is long, narrow and more flexible than other knives. It precisely cuts smaller and thinner slices of meats, like ham, roasts, fish, beef, pork, venison and much more. Manufacturer: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Care: Hand wash; please do not... More About Bob Kramer Carbon Steel Slicer Knife  »

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