The Zwilling Kramer 8-inch Chef’s knife is born from the collaboration between Master bladesmith Bob Kramer and Zwilling JA Henckels. Bob Kramer has been forging carbon steel knives in his Olympia, Washington workshop for 18 years. His knives remain some of the most sought-after cutlery around the globe.
The Zwilling trademark was registered with the Cutler’s Guild in Germany in 1731. This makes it one of the world’s oldest brands and it combines generations of experience with modern technologies. Over the years it has acquired several leading kitchenware brands and is recognized across the globe for quality and cutting-edge innovation.
Bob Kramer 8 Chef’s Knife Review: Notable Features
Fine Carbide Steel Blade
This chef’s knife sports a larger than average blade with the sharpness and heft that can quickly cut through heaps of food. The large flat surface is also a perfect platform for lifting and moving the chopped food from cutting board to pan. The larger blade means that this knife is also a little heavier than average.
The blade is made from FC61 fine carbide steel of Japanese origin with a Rockwell Shore Hardness of 61. The process used to make carbon steel produces a harder steel that stays sharp for longer, though carbide steel knives do require more care to prevent them from rusting. The base material used in this knife is 52100 steel, so it is a lot harder than the average steel blade. It is also corrosion-resistant.
The wide blade tapers to a thin tip so it can handle both bulk and fine cutting jobs. The blade is nicely bellied, which makes it ideal for chopping using a rocking motion. The dual cutting edge runs at a 15° angle. It has been honed by hand in a three-step process.
Carbide steel needs gentle care. Handwash and dry the knife immediately after use and never put is in the dishwasher and your knife should last for years.
Cutting highly acidic fruit and vegetables will create a patina on the steel. According to many knife enthusiasts, a good patina helps to protect the blade from rust and acts as a release agent, preventing food from sticking to the blade.
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Bulky Ergonomic Handle
The 8-inch blade has a total length of 13 inches with a nice bulky handle, especially suited to those with larger hands. The symmetrical handle will suit both left- and right-hand chefs. The wide handle offers good knuckle clearance, making for a comfortable cutting experience.
The knife is available in five style variations that should suit any taste. A nice curved bolster separates the blade and handle offering good blade control. The polished bolster sports a full tang. Choose from black, stainless or mahogany wood grain handles. They are fastened with steel or brass rivets and boast a Bob Kramer Mosaic pin.
If it’s a gift you’re buying, you’ll like the presentation box that it comes in. Made in Seki Japan, this product has a limited lifetime warranty.