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Bob Kramer Essential Collection Chef’s Knives by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

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Whether mincing onions or thinly slicing a ribeye, this perfectly balanced, razor-sharp and versatile chef’s knife feels like an extension of your own hand. Designed by master bladesmith Bob Kramer, the Essential Collection features the quality and...Read More

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HAND MADE Whether mincing onions or thinly slicing a ribeye, this perfectly balanced, razor-sharp and versatile chef’s knife feels like an extension of your own hand.

Designed by master bladesmith Bob Kramer, the Essential Collection features the quality and performance of Kramer knives in a package that’s easily accessible to home cooks.

Each knife has been optimized for kitchen use thanks to a wide blade for increased knuckle clearance, a rounded spine for added comfort, and a triple-riveted handle for secure, easy cutting.

Each knife draws on Seki City, Japan’s wealth of knife-making experience and undergoes a rigorous 42-day manufacturing process that involves 45 expert artisans and 100 distinct steps. As a finishing touch, each knife receives a central mosaic pin handcrafted in Bob Kramer’s personal studio. Built to withstand the pressures of everyday use in busy kitchens, this is one knife that will be with you for years to come.

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  • Designed by ABS-certified Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer, the first Master Bladesmith to specialize in kitchen cutlery, the Essential Collection offers our best value ever on a line of Kramer knives
  • Constructed from revolutionary FC61 steel, which features fine-carbide distribution and 61 Rockwell hardness for a razor-sharp, easy-to-maintain edge
  • Fine-carbide distribution results in a blade that holds an incredibly sharp angle
  • Double Friodur hardening improves the microstructure of the steel for improved cutting performance, corrosion resistance and increased durability
  • Blade is extra-wide, so your knuckles don’t impact the cutting board, and features a rounded spine for comfortable pinch gripping
  • Brushed polymer handles are hand-ground and feature a complex curvature that mirrors the palm for a secure, supremely comfortable grip

Specifications Show

  • Manufacturer: Zwilling J.A. Henckels
  • Material: High-carbon stainless steel, polymer (POM)
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
  • Made in Japan

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  • Hand wash only

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Customer Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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Great knife, with slight fit and finish issue.
I have used the 8" version of this knife for about 1 month now, including cooking Thanksgiving diner with it, and I am finally ready to give a review.

To explain the four stars instead of the five: the edge of my copy has about an inch of mis-grind at the heel (end towards the handle). If I tilt it, I can see it is ground a slightly different angle than the first of the edge. It does not really affect performance, more ore a nuisance.

The profile of the knife is a bit more aggressive than a a typical German style may take a little time to get used to. It is tall at the heel and steeply curved overall. One either needs to either exaggerate the rocking motion a bit more when chopping fine herbs or use the flatter sweet spot closer to the heel of the knife.

This knife is very thin overall, I measured it to be about 2mm on the spine at the heel and it quickly tapes to a very thin tip. The grind is convex and very thin behind the edge. The thinness is a good thing: I tried both this knife and the Damascus steel version of the Kramer knife in store. Though being more beautiful and twice as expensive, the Damascus steel version requires ever so slightly more effort to cut a carrot as (I must stress ever so slightly, as both are excellent knife) due to being thicker and heavier overall. However, since the edge is ground so thinly, I actually have been hesitating to split winter squash or lobster with this.

Out of the box, the edge is very sharp and can easily push cut folded magazine paper, but it would not shave hair. Cutting through tomato is a breeze and I can make translucent slices of carrot with this. However, the factory edge seems to be a bit coarse: it looks like it is finished with a 1000 grit sharpening surface.

After about 1 month of moderate home cook usage and maintained with a leather strop, the knife got to a point where it would not easily push cut cherry tomato. I took it to a 8000 grit Japanese waterstone and after about 10 pass per side, I was able to refine the factory edge to a hair shaving level.

Overall, I am very happy with this knife. It looks gorgeous and maintains its sharpness well, and it is easy to sharpen. It should last a lifetime with the proper maintenance.
December 23, 2014
Safer knife out of the box.
Knife was sharp out of the box. Handled potatoes and carrots with ease. Makes my cutting jobs feel much safer.
September 23, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Bob Kramer Chefs knife
Purchase and delivery was excellant. Knife purchassd as a Christmas gift. Can't wait to use it.
December 18, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
KNIFE
A GREAT KNIFE, WORKS VERY WELL. THIS KNIFE WAS WELL WORTH THE PRICE
April 7, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
outstanding quality
This is the best knife in my kitchen. With this knife in my hand I feel capable.
June 18, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
A real treat
This is my second Kramer, using it makes one aware of effectiveness of the design- the feel of the knife in your hand, the blade shape as you slice or mince and the edge profile, which contributes to keeping it sharp and making it to resharpen
September 24, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Well balanced, great pinch on the spine, sharp and ready to use out of the box. Great addition to my cutlery.
January 9, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Knife for a lifetime
Excellently constructed knife that will last for generations. So nice it really deserves a sheath or saya. After delivery, I was notified that other sellers had this knife for $40 cheaper so definitely shop around.
December 30, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Best of the best
Probably the most superb consumer blades available. Highly flexible with a 61 Rockwell hardness. Amazingly easy to sharpen to a tough razor-like edge. Incredible balance and comfort for extended prep work.
Chimichuri
Chimichuri
August 5, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Very sharp, but...
That 15 degree edge is very fragile; it needs two or three gentle double-swipes on a steel after every use, or it curls. If you don't keep up with this constant maintenance, it's no sharper than any other good knife.

IF you're prepared to maintain it, I give it 5 stars. It really is sharp.
September 23, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
 

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
I own the damascus version of this knife.
Richard A on Dec 5, 2018
It was recommended by American's Test Kitchen
Carol M on Feb 6, 2018
I own the damascus version of this knife.
Richard A on Dec 5, 2018
Every chef should buy one very special knife
Alexandra E on Dec 1, 2018
It was recommended by American's Test Kitchen
Carol M on Feb 6, 2018
After researching many knives I felt this was a good choise in starting a new kitchen knife collection.
Charles C on Dec 13, 2017
this was recommended as really the only knife you need - and we want to minimize our kitchen and "stuff" so we are going to give it a try!
Chelsea H on Dec 12, 2017
Friends and family recommended Kramer. Research suggested 8 as the most useful size.
Michael L on Dec 10, 2017
Great knives -- I have a carbon steel one that is a beautifully balanced razor.
Thomas J on Dec 6, 2017
QUALITY PRODUCT!
Christine B on Dec 5, 2017
Gift for chef.
Kristen B on Nov 27, 2017
liked his knives
Steve H on Nov 24, 2017
Great reviews and really great price for pro-quality knife.
ANNE M on Sep 18, 2017
have the 7 inch and really wanted the 6 inch
Margaret D on Sep 6, 2017
Price
JOSEPH R on Sep 4, 2017
I own another Bob Kramer chef knife and they are simply the best.
Robert G on Sep 4, 2017
great quality and warantee
Jose O on Sep 4, 2017
I already own the 8 inch version and it is the most comfortable, sharpest and useful knife I've ever owned. I find it is my go to knife for everything. And it's a thing of beauty. A truly functional work of art.
Gary H on Sep 1, 2017
i have the carbon version already and would like to have essential stainless like this one. sale price sealed deal for me.
Kevin G on Aug 31, 2017
I own one of these knives already. The steel is excellent. It is a forged knife, but it is THIN! The Kramer design is excellent and ergonomic. Love the first one. Needed a spare for the cabin. Voila!
Dennis O on Jun 28, 2017
it's an excellent knife. it's great balance, weight, quality
holly n on May 14, 2017
Quality and a great company behind the product
Thomas M on Jan 14, 2017
I cook, this will be an excellent addition to my cutlery.
Thomas F on Dec 19, 2016
recommendation
Jeff S on Dec 17, 2016
width of blade protects chef's hands
John R C on Dec 16, 2016
quality knife - quality gift for the serious cook
Janet G on Dec 14, 2016
My daughter is a professional chef and she requested it for Christmas
Donna R on Dec 12, 2016
I've used this knife for several years and it's stayed sharp.
Dianne D on Dec 6, 2016
It is a work of art.
Lianne B on Dec 5, 2016
Wedding gift
Connie W on Dec 2, 2016
Having purchase Bob Kramer knives previously from Sur la Table and being very happy with the quality of these knives I am giving one as a gift this year to someone who can appreciate the quality of these knives.
Keith M on Nov 30, 2016
Long time fan of Bob Kramer. He is no longer taking orders so this is the next best option.
Todd N on Oct 28, 2016
Handle shape, quality of steel.
Cory N Staff on Oct 10, 2016
Bob Kramer has a reputation of being a great quality knife that is durable and holds its edge
DEBRA M on Oct 4, 2016
Love this knife. Have others but use this one alot. For a gift.
Jon D on Aug 13, 2016
It is a bob kramer knife. his reputation stands for it self. so i have high expectations for this knife, and look forward to testing it out
Richard S on Jun 20, 2016
saw an endorsement of its quality on Cooks Illustrated
David S on May 27, 2016
Great salesmanship!
Chad H on Mar 19, 2016
I have one and this is for a gift
Michael H on Feb 26, 2016
I have used this knife before and it is superb!
RICHARD S on Feb 20, 2016
Did my research, seemed to be the best on the market for the price, fit my needs
Caleb S on Dec 30, 2015
Because my husband wanted one for Christmas.
Patricia S on Dec 23, 2015
I bought a custom chef's knife from Bob Kramer years ago and since my grand daughter is studying to become a Chef
she needed a great knife to start out with.
James R A on Dec 16, 2015
i wanted a quality chef's knife. And this line is easier to maintain since it is stainless.
COLE P on Sep 24, 2015
Wonderful craftsmanship, good balance, sits comfortably in the hand. It arrives super sharp -- keep it that way and it'll be a workhorse for ages.
Janice P on Aug 30, 2015
I have another one just like it and wanted one for the condo, too!
JOHN H on Jul 30, 2015
The feel balance and size of the knife is absolutely the best. I have been very satisfied with 4 star knives, but the feel and control of these is even better. It is a lot of money, but when you have used the knife you understand.
David R on Jul 12, 2015
Kramer knives rock.
Philip A on Mar 10, 2015
I own a Bob Kramer and like it so I got another one.
Christopher S on Jan 11, 2015
Comfort and amazingly sharp, durable blade.
Jay S on Jan 10, 2015
Is sharper and stays sharp longer than any other knife I've used.
Robert N on Dec 16, 2014
good reviews
Susan D on Dec 16, 2014
Every chef should buy one very special knife
Alexandra E on Dec 1, 2018
After researching many knives I felt this was a good choise in starting a new kitchen knife collection.
Charles C on Dec 13, 2017
What is the depth of the blade? I already have a knife block and am hopeful the 8" will fit in it, without having to buy another block.
Nancia D on Dec 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Just under 2.5 inches
How does the Kramer Essential perform in comparison to the Kramer Damascus?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2015
Bob Kramer Essential Collection Chef’s Knives by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Bob Kramer Essential Collection Chef’s Knives by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Bob Kramer 8
Bob Kramer 8" Stainless Damascus Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
BEST ANSWER: I have a mixture of Essential, Damascus, and Carbon Steel knives from the Kramer line. The Essentials are excellent knives, and they are my wife's favorites. Very easy to maintain, comfortable to use, but not able to hold quite as sharp an edge at the others, and I find that I need to use the sharpening kit every 2 months or so to keep them at their peak.

The Damascus and the Carbon Steel knives are clearly superior. Both take and hold the sharpest edges I have ever worked with, and I have previously used Sabatier, Wustoff, and Henkels as my go-to cutlery. It is truly incredible to work with these knives. The big difference between these two lines for me is that the Carbon Steel knives are a little fussier - they need to be cleaned immediately, especially after acidic foods, to avoid staining/discoloring the metal, and they need to be lightly oiled regularly.

I started with the Essentials. If I were starting again, I would go entirely with the Damascus knives.
How is this knife different from the Carbon Steel Chef's Knife SKU 789693 for $229?
Is the blade the same? Just seems like the handle is different.
Sara L on Jan 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Carbon steel and high-carbon stainless steel are two different blades. I find the carbon steel a bit sharper but use it selectively as it requires more care and not everyone in the house will treat it with care. The wooden handle has a better feel than the polymer on the essential. I prefer either Kramer handles to others and have tried most all in the past 25 years. If you like a better blade and will be the primary user get the carbon steel and maintain it (wash and dry immediately after use and apply a touch of oil that comes with it). They sharpen at the store. the best way to sharpen is with the kramer stone set do not use the wrong honing steel or electric sharpener. I waited a year and bought stones after viewing Kramer videos. Plenty of little things to consider but these knives should last a couple of generations.
Bob Kramer by Zwilling J.A. Henkels Knife Sharpening Kit
Bob Kramer by Zwilling J.A. Henkels Knife Sharpening Kit
How is this knife different from the 8" Carbon Steel knife? SKU 789693 listed for $229?
A shopper on Jan 3, 2015
Bob Kramer Essential Collection Chef’s Knives by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Bob Kramer Essential Collection Chef’s Knives by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Bob Kramer 8
Bob Kramer 8" Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
BEST ANSWER: Carbon steel stays sharper but needs to always remain dry or it will rust
CS takes on the blue patina so isn't as shiny over time
The cs is nicer with real wood and brass ... A heirloom quality to me
I have the essentials set but a cs 8" ..great knife for everything
I recommend a great cutting board as that's the other part of the equation
Is it recommended to maintain the edge of this knife with a regular honing steel?
Craig E on Sep 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Not sure what is recommended. I use a DMT diamond sharpening stone. The same that I use for sharpening my wood working chisels. I have a two sided stone fine/extra fine. Not cheap but it gives an incredible edge and the stone lasts forever. Hope that helps....Roger
In regard of the blade's hardness, how much more careful would you have to be with a rockwell 61 comparing to a 58? I like to use the knife as a scrap to put the vegetables on my pan etc etc but I'm afraid that with a 61 it would cause micro chips... Is it something I have to be careful or is it a worry to have with 63+ knifes? Thanks
Leonardo R on Aug 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I haven't noticed any issues with mine, but I mostly use the spine of the knife rather than the edge when scraping. If your cutting board is particularly hard or rough, you might want to consider a bench scraper.
Sur La Table Stainless Steel Dough Scraper
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