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

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EXCLUSIVE The chef’s knife is the perfect kitchen workhorse, ideal for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing meats and vegetables.

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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 12, 2011
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
over 2 years ago
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 16, 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
June 1, 2014
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
over 2 years 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
over 2 years ago
Go To Chef's Knife
This is my go to Chef's knife now. The carbon steel blade is everything I anticipated it would be and then some. Feels great in my hand and requires little effort in doing what it was designed to do. Not as much trouble to maintain as I thought it would be. I clean it immediately after usage, just as I do with all my cutlery, and no issues so far.
October 20, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Kramer' Carbon Steel 8" Chefs knife
He describes it as thr Ferrari of knives. It is a beautiful piece of steel, perfectly balanced. So very sharp.
February 8, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Worth every cent!
Best knife I have ever used, beautiful, extremely sharp. Highly recommend this for folks who appreciate quality.
August 13, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Carbon steel A+ knife
This knife is of a unique quality you will notice the moment it is in your hand. It is heavy but comfortable and truly a show piece as well.
October 25, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
 

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Why did you choose this?
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Robert R on Nov 15, 2018
It's the BEST Chef's knife I have ever used in my life!!!
Louise D on May 29, 2018
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Robert R on Nov 15, 2018
It's a fabulous Chef's knife--we are giving it to our children as a wedding present!
Louise D on Aug 20, 2018
It's the BEST Chef's knife I have ever used in my life!!!
Louise D on May 29, 2018
recommended by Cook's Illustrated and endorsed by my husband's knowledge of knives.
Margaret M on May 2, 2018
America's Test Kitchen tested a series of carbon steel knives and this particular knife was the winner. I appreciate well crafted knives so wanted to try what is being portrayed as excellence in knife making.
Shannon C on Apr 22, 2018
recommended by America’s test kitchen as the best quality chefs knife. Beautifully designed and made with high-quality carbon steel ideal for excepting and maintaining an edge.
drew b on Mar 23, 2018
Superior craftsmanship, balance blade/handle, handle worked best for me over any knife I've used.
Chris N on Feb 22, 2018
To add to my current Kramer knives.
Rickey D on Feb 12, 2018
Unparalleled quality cutlery. A tool equal to the quality of the finest surgical instruments
Sean R L on Jan 24, 2018
Research for a lifetime chef knife
Gayle H on Jan 18, 2018
Hands down, the most comfortable and confident knife I’ve ever held. It’s blade height is a bit taller than most, but easily becomes an extension of your hand.
Olivia P on Jan 13, 2018
Recommended by Cooks Illustrated.
Sherri Y on Dec 24, 2017
Americas test kitchen
brian g on Dec 19, 2017
I did hours of research, and this knife appears to be in a class all its own.
John G on Dec 12, 2017
it's nice
Myles L on Dec 11, 2017
We love carbon steel!!!!
Jennifer B on Dec 11, 2017
the best
chris c on Dec 6, 2017
Recommended by Cook's Illustrated as a gift for my son.
Lisa J on Dec 2, 2017
Bob Kramer / Zwilling brand quality
Curtis J on Dec 1, 2017
Need a professional quality chef knife at an affordable price
Travis H on Nov 27, 2017
cooks illustrated review.
Joel K on Nov 26, 2017
Had a Bob Kramer knife before that I really loved. It seems like this knife would deliver the same quality.
Tom F on Nov 24, 2017
bob kramer design
barry s on Sep 2, 2017
RECOMMENDED BY COOKS ILLUSTRATED
WILLIAM Y on Aug 27, 2017
It's a gift for my husband who chose it.
Jane S on Aug 14, 2017
I picked the Bob Kramer knife because of its great recommendation by America's Test Kitchen.
Robert L on Aug 3, 2017
Great reviews from professionals and a great reputation.
Scott R on Jun 25, 2017
Cuz it's freakin awesome.
Martin W on Jun 24, 2017
Bob Kramer, Carbon Steel, Price., reliability,
william d on Jun 21, 2017
America's Test Kitchen Review
Kevin G on Jun 7, 2017
After research and recommendation of Americas test kitchen
Penny S on Jun 5, 2017
Birthday Gift for my husband.
Antonia F on May 29, 2017
Best knife of the world
Maricarmen A on Apr 28, 2017
the best chef knife on the market
michael d on Apr 14, 2017
Because it is one of the best knives on the market
Sam B on Apr 13, 2017
wanted blade that would stand up to heavy use
helen m on Apr 4, 2017
I did'nt choose this knife. It chose me.
WILLIAM C on Mar 23, 2017
America's Test Kitchen recommended it as the favorite carbon steel knife, plus it is beautiful.
William G on Feb 21, 2017
Renowned blade maker. Excellent reviews. Desire a go to knife to fall in love with...
Michael B on Jan 29, 2017
great reviews and incredible cutting ability
jeff k on Dec 12, 2016
This knife is rated as one of THE best carbon steel knives. Designed by Bob Kramer and made in Japan - a prized tool that will be passed on as a quality knife for sure.
Paul Z on Oct 10, 2016
Americas Test Kitchen
Robert M F on Sep 26, 2016
Im a professional chef, and straight carbon steel is a very simple material which has the quality to get a really keen edge and retain it. It needs some more care than stainless to dont rust but it worths it!! Superior cuting performance.
Daniel G on Sep 21, 2016
Saw it on Americas Test Kitchen. Will be used as a gift
J. Lee V on Sep 21, 2016
I'm ready to take that next step to carbon after many years of stainless. Based on reviews from Cooks Illustrated and other users, this seems like a good place to start.
Sarah B on Sep 14, 2016
Good reviews.
sara m on Aug 24, 2016
Just splurging on a toy for myself
Alexei M on Aug 14, 2016
Best reviews on America's Test kitchen, and I like carbon steel knives
Rick C on Jul 28, 2016
The carbon blade will last a lifetime.
Valerie C W on Jul 27, 2016
Have other Kramer Knives wanted carbon steel
John O on Jul 23, 2016
It's a fabulous Chef's knife--we are giving it to our children as a wedding present!
Louise D on Aug 20, 2018
recommended by Cook's Illustrated and endorsed by my husband's knowledge of knives.
Margaret M on May 2, 2018
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: 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
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: The knife weighs 9 5/8 oz or 274 g. It feels very sturdy in hand.
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
How thick is spine on the 8” bob Kramer carbon knife?
A shopper on Sep 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The width of the spine is approx. 4 mm, or 0.16 inches, or 5/32 of an inch, at the heel, slowly tapering to the point.
How thick is the knife?
William T on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The blade spine measures 8.5 mm in thickness at the bolster end; 6.5 mm at the midpoint; and 1 mm at the point 1 inch from the tip. The taper is pretty gradual over the length of the blade. As you might have assumed, he blade is on the heavy and thick side, but the knife handles very nicely. The steel in the knife isn't as hard as in the best Japanese knives, but the blade takes a nice edge and retains it with minimum maintenance. I find it to be a very nice knife and a pleasure to use. One of my favorites for general chopping and dicing.
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.
 

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