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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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A true piece of art
This is an amazingly well built knife with perfect balance with an amazingly sharp edge Makes every job easier.
February 26, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Simply Required!
Wow, amazing, truly a work of art and function. I just bought the 8" Chef version (first time Bob Kramer knives have ever been on sale in the U.S.A.) and had an opportunity to compare it to the BK Essential, Stainless Damascus and Meiji 8" versions and chose the Carbon. When you first pick up the Carbon you instantly recognize what makes it stand out from the others...the weight (heavier), balance and "purchase," the feeling of the grip in your hand-it feels like an extension of your hand. The blade is also thicker in cross-section than the other collections mentioned above. If that wasn't enough to convince me, the fit and finish is nothing short of artisan. And the performance, well when slicing and cutting it just has a flow to it. The added weight is balanced perfectly and assists you in manipulating the blade. In fact I feel I have more control with the Carbon than the others. I now know that spending $80 more than the equivalent Essential Collection knife is a no brainer (hold and use them both and you too will know what I'm talking about). This is an heirloom, knife for a lifetime.
January 20, 2019
Kramer's Carbon Steel Blade Rules
I have a number of Kramer's stainless knives, but this carbon steel chef's blade is definitely "old school" and cut's like a dream!
January 14, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Sharp knife, poorly finished
I received this knife as a gift of my choice and a Kramer design carbon steel was exactly what I wanted. It cuts, and it performs this flawlessly. This is a given but the finish is very inconsistent on the handle. The rivets protrude and the tang is larger than the handle both leaving sharp edges. It makes a great knife uncomfortable to hold and useless to me. I have the utility knife which is finished flawlessly. What’s the deal?
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December 28, 2018
Deserves 6 stars - Incredible Knife and Lifetime Warranty
This is an incredible knife. It has improved my enjoyment and results in the kitchen.

The blade developed a small chip when I tapped the BACK of the knife against a pot to transfer garlic. Not a proper thing to do in the first place. Zwilling replaced the knife under the lifetime warranty with no quibbling.

We have the paring knife also and its as superb as the 8" Chef's knife.

Worth every penny.
December 9, 2018
Great Tool
One of the best kitchen tools I own.
October 22, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Best chefs knife ever! Issue with handle shrinkage, but I had the pins ground down. Now, it’s good to go! I can’t really find a better knife. The design and build is like a custom piece. Stainless is so boring, high carbon is really where it’s at. Love it!
8” Kramer Chef’s knife in Carbon
8” Kramer Chef’s knife in Carbon
May 1, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Best Knife Ever I've Ever Used
Having used quite a few different knives in the kitchen, this one stands out among them all, even compared to other Bob Kramer Zwilling series. The price, design, and quality make this a worthwhile upgrade to any chef's collection. It is one of the top carbon steel knives made, and it only gets more beautiful with age.
April 18, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Knife
Best kitchen knife ever
February 17, 2018
Purchased
1 year 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?
Sur La Table Store
cause its pretty
annie g on May 6, 2019
I was looking for a carbon steel knife without stainless like the one I got in Japan many years ago. This knife got great reviews on line.
Marcia M on May 3, 2019
cause its pretty
annie g on May 6, 2019
recommended by my chef friend good knife for many reasons. works for those with big hands too.
Jessica S on May 6, 2019
I was looking for a carbon steel knife without stainless like the one I got in Japan many years ago. This knife got great reviews on line.
Marcia M on May 3, 2019
Best knife out there!
Henry R on May 2, 2019
best knife
John B on Mar 3, 2019
Top quality knife. Exactly what I was looking for.
Bob P on Feb 6, 2019
Quality knife maker is involved.
Carl M on Feb 1, 2019
I have one this is a gift for my sister and brother in law. They loved my knife at Christmas so I am buying them one for their birthdays.
Deborah S on Jan 29, 2019
Bob Kramer's knives are legendary and this finally hit a price I was willing to pay.
Eric G on Jan 26, 2019
After extensive reviews, Bob Kramer Carbon Steel Chef's Knives are the best
on the market and highly recommended. Also, at this price, it's a great deal!!
patricia v on Jan 25, 2019
Finally on Sale!
Wendy M on Jan 19, 2019
Wonderful knife. I own two. This is a gift.
Paul S on Jan 18, 2019
I am a knife freak and Bob makes really great knives. I was looking at a couple of knives to replace a Ken Onion Shun knife I gave away. My choices came down to Shun's santoku or one of Bob's. The 10" stainless damascus was lots more $$$, so I got the Shun for Christmas. With the sale, I decided to treat myself to an upgrade to Bob's 8" carbon steel knife. Carbon steel has to be washed & put away every time. It is a bit more work but should be well worth it for a long time.
510 Steve on Jan 17, 2019
Had been eying it for awhile...just placed order!
Sonia P on Jan 17, 2019
this is the most comfortable knife ive ever used
andrew b on Dec 20, 2018
My son and I were at a Sur la Table cooking class; he pointed out the Bob Kramer knives to me. He stated he had seen some videos on how they were made and thought them to be an exceptional kitchen tool. My wonderful son will be gifted with a Bob Kramer chef's knife for Christmas.
Fonda B on Dec 8, 2018
Americas Test Kitchen- sliced alot of fingers on a lot of different blades and I want something that will stay sharp
Kristina L on Dec 4, 2018
Cook’s Illustrated and Bon Appetite highly recommended Kramer’s work.
Michael C on Nov 22, 2018
Reviews
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
recommended by my chef friend good knife for many reasons. works for those with big hands too.
Jessica S on May 6, 2019
Best knife out there!
Henry R on May 2, 2019
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
I bought the 8 inch carbon knife about 10 months ago. Love the quality and sharp edge. I have a problem with the surface of the blade. I have faithfully rinsed and dried it immediately after use but the replacement Camilla oil I bought created a smeared area on surface of blade. It is not oxidation. What can I do to restore it?
Susan M on Dec 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Enjoy the patina! All of my vintage French chef knives have this lovely battleship gray patina that speaks to the well maintained carbon steel. If you strive for stainless shiny you will always be disappointed in its appearance. Rust and corrosion are to be avoided but patina welcomed. Also, if I am not mistaken, the patina makes it a little less rust prone. Just keep wiping it dry and using it regularly. Camellia oil is readily available in Asian markets and is traditional for asian blades but any food safe oil is fine, but not necessary after each use. I do keep an oiled cloth near my cutlery and use it periodically, but not daily!
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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