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Bob Kramer 8" Stainless Damascus Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

Certified as a Master Bladesmith by the American Bladesmith Society, Bob Kramer is one of the only Master Bladesmiths in the world specializing in kitchen cutlery. Cook’s Illustrated once wrote: “The Kramer knife outperformed every knife...Read More

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

For this exclusive collection, Sur La Table worked with the master himself—along with renowned German knife maker Zwilling J.A. Henckels—to create an exquisite line of artisan knives designed by Bob and crafted to his exacting specifications.

The chef’s knife is the perfect kitchen workhorse, ideal for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing meat and vegetables. Wide blade makes it easy to transfer ingredients from cutting board to bowl or pot. Hand wash. 8" blade. Limited lifetime warranty. Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan, exclusively for Sur La Table®.

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  • We worked with Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer, along with renowned German knife maker Zwilling J.A. Henckels, for this exclusive cutlery collection
  • Artisan knives designed by Bob and crafted to his exacting specifications
  • Professional chefs often wait years for a Kramer original
  • SG2 super-steel core for razor-sharp, lasting edge
  • 101-layer blade features deep-etched chevron Damascas designed by Bob
  • Ice-hardened to 63 Rockwell
  • Linen micarta handle resists wear, even after prolonged use
  • Full tang tapered to Bob’s precise specifications
  • Triple riveted for strength and control
  • Signature decorative center pin is handcrafted by Bob himself
  • Traditional 3-step hand finishing on each edge
  • 15° angle on each side for scalpel-like sharpness
  • Ergonomic design for hours of comfortable use
  • Handmade in Seki City, Japan, exclusively for Sur La Table

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  • Manufacturer: Kramer by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
  • Dimensions: 8" blade
  • Material: Micarta, Damascus steel, nickel
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty

Care & Usage Show

  • Hand wash


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Customer Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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Returned it
Was extremely excited for this knife. Unfortunately I found the finish on the blade to be very finely textured and it made it grab on the wet and starchy vegetables way too much and hinder the cutting performance. Not sure if it would get better with use or not was disappointed given the price and hype on the Kramer line.
February 1, 2019
7 months ago
The best ever
August 31, 2018
1 year ago
Simply Outstanding
Our go-to kitchen knife. Perfect balance, easy to sharpen and keep sharp. Never had a knife that I could slice a tomato paper thin, and then trim fat off a rib-eye so efficiently. Love everything about it.
May 1, 2018
over 2 years ago
Great knife! Love the handle, it is very comfortable to hold and has a good weight. The blade is beautiful.
March 29, 2018
1 year ago
Great Purchase!
We use this knife just about every day and love it. I bought this one for a gift but we have had ours for 2-3 years and have no complaints.
December 28, 2017
1 year ago
I cannot believe this knife
I used it for the first time today when I prepared a pineapple. I never knew a pineapple could be prepared with such ease. The knife cut as if I were cutting through room temperature butter, I never knew I could love a knife so much.
September 15, 2017
Not exactly what I thought
I must have missed that the blade is actually 7" and not 8" long. The other negative is the shape is not as "rockable" as other high quality blades. Otherwise, very pleased. The weight and balance are beautiful and the appearance and finish of the metal are exceptional. The metal design does assist with having the sliced material not stick. Also, the sharpness is the best I have ever experienced. Like anything, change takes a little getting used to, so I will stick with it. Also, surprised the blade did not come with a cardboard or plastic sleeve or shield to put on the blade when traveling with it, odd, even inexpensive come with something.
August 15, 2016
over 3 years ago
Worth every penny. Amazing knife!
If you are a cook and use knifes regularly, you'll want a good chefs knife and this is it! The blade grabs the product you are about to cut and slices through it with great ease. Slight honing is still recommended as is proper knife care. I couldn't be more pleased with this knife. I will slowly be adding more Kramers to my knife block.
July 2, 2016
"Beautiful, But..."
This knife looks great and handles beautifully. It is well balanced and feels good in your hand. When chopping small things like carrot strips or scallions it cuts like a dream. But, that beautiful pattern on the sides is not as smooth as a traditional chef's knife and can present significant friction when cutting bigger things. So, for instance, if you cut a crisp fresh apple in half it is actually hard to do and requires more pressure than my other (45 year old!) chef's knife. Cutting a cabbage in half is really hard with this knife. Once I discovered this characteristic of the knife I was pretty disappointed. I can't recommend buying it as a result. My suggestion is, if you want to buy this, keep in mind that it isn't ideal for all cutting jobs
June 30, 2014
Kramer amazes again
Beautiful damascus, full tang construction, triple rivets, but it's the details that amaze. The spine is beveled for you two-handed choppers out there, the tang tapers at each end, tall blade to protect your knuckles from hitting the board, and the handle is made from linen and resin micro-printed to look like wood (making it more durable and sanitary than wood). Incredibly sharp and great for rock chops.

Had the privilege of meeting Mr. Kramer at an SLT class and was amazed to see him pushing one of his knives through paper (not dragging, but pushing it through the air with no resistance) - amazing
December 9, 2013

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
I purchased this knife a few years ago, and it is amazing. My older brother is turning 50 this year, and I am buying one for him for his birthday.
Daniel C on Apr 11, 2019
I took a knife class
Jeanne P on Jan 26, 2019
I purchased this knife a few years ago, and it is amazing. My older brother is turning 50 this year, and I am buying one for him for his birthday.
Daniel C on Apr 11, 2019
It was said to be the best
Sora S on Mar 6, 2019
I took a knife class
Jeanne P on Jan 26, 2019
I have 2 other knives and will not buy anything else!
Gary L on Jan 17, 2019
Bob Kramer is a legend in kitchen knives. Closest thing you can get to a knife made by his hands, but at a fraction of the price.
Horace K on Dec 8, 2018
I have bought many other Kramer knives in the past. They are amazing to use, great feel and great blade
Jim C on Dec 3, 2018
It was recommended to me.
Bonnie G on Sep 12, 2018
a gift for a chef
Lynn G on Dec 14, 2017
Love it
peter k on Dec 12, 2017
Recommended by a chef
James B on Dec 11, 2017
Bob Kramer knives stay sharper longer, feels fantastic in your hand when you are using them.
Darcy G on Dec 10, 2017
It's a gift for my parents, my husband and I have one and we LOVE it!
Jordon L on Dec 8, 2017
My husband has wanted this knife so I am surprising him with it for Christmas
Jennifer N on Dec 4, 2017
Husband is expensive.
Janae W on Nov 3, 2017
already have one. love it. Gifting it
ZEENA I on Aug 7, 2017
friend and family member recommended
Richard T on Apr 24, 2017
have another Kramer knife- love it
MICHELE D on Apr 21, 2017
We have one of these, and wanted another as a gift.
Henry B on Jan 1, 2017
My sweetheart and son took knife making with Bob, at Mt Hood blacksmith conference a few years back, one of his will be a thrill!
Linda F on Dec 8, 2016
requested gift
Stephen L on Nov 24, 2016
We have one and wanted to give it as a wedding gift.
Ann S on Jul 13, 2016
Clif W D on Apr 30, 2016
Requested by recipient of gift.
Karen S on Apr 4, 2016
I chose it as a gift for my boyfriend. He's a professional chef. It's good quality, and although it's a commercial Kramer knife, he'll still appreciate it.
Sarah I on Jan 26, 2016
My husband is a professional chef and watched a show on Discover about the metalsmith Bob Kramer.
Deborah N on Dec 3, 2015
This is a Christmas gift for my daughter. She went into your store and tried out all the chef's knives and this one felt the best to her.
Jill M on Nov 30, 2015
My husband is a Sous Chef and are 2 year anniversary is coming up. I have been researching dozens of knives and this one is a notch above the rest, designed by a master bladesman. Nothing else need be said! Can't wait until he sees it!!!
Marlana G on Sep 3, 2015
Kramer craftsmanship
Richard P on Sep 3, 2015
Known as a world class knife maker but these Sur La Table and Henkel versions are much easier to obtain than the Kramer originals, have a lower price yet retain much of the technique and technology that make these knives so amazing.
Forest E on Aug 15, 2015
superb product.
alice s on Aug 4, 2015
Kramer knives are outstanding and the best for their price.
Michael E. J on Jun 30, 2015
personal recommendation
Robert H on Jun 21, 2015
Because it is high quality and beautiful and you had the best price.
Marilyn C on Jun 10, 2015
Marilyn G on May 4, 2015
I have one and love it so I bought it for a friend as a gift for his 50th birthday.
Ralph A on Apr 4, 2015
Comfortable, beautiful and SHARP! Get the glove so you don't cut off your hand :)
Sylvia B on Mar 30, 2015
It was a tough choice between this or the carbon steel version. Overall the look is better with the layered mix of nickel and steel.
Morgan E on Feb 7, 2015
Was looking for a nice blade that would last a lifetime
Chris R on Feb 6, 2015
Best knife available, at the best price I could find!
Marc L on Dec 24, 2014
I have the 10" Damascus. Best knife I've ever used!
Eric B on Dec 24, 2014
Tested knife in one of your stores; husband is a gourmet cook (by hobby) and he brought some back from Japan. This is right up there with the best Japanese.
Rosamarie Z on Dec 19, 2014
Purchasing as a gift for my soon to be nephew-in-law who is a great cook. He had a chance to demo product at store and was very impressed with sharpness of blade and handling of knife.
KENNETH H on Dec 17, 2014
My husband is a chef and wanted a Damascus Knife, and I thought what better time than on Christmas!
Magaly W on Dec 15, 2014
On sale. Great knife.
Jack S on Dec 11, 2014
I bought this knife as a gift for my friend...he wanted a really good chef's style knife...this one looked pretty good :)
Todd M on Dec 10, 2014
I have trusted the reviews of Christopher Kimball at America's test kitchen for years and this knife has his high rating, I believe. After watching the video of this knife being made and just looking at its beauty I can not wait to gift this knife to my son who is an avid home cook.
Laura H on Dec 10, 2014
my husband wanted a good knife for Christmas and this looked like a good one
Kathy J on Dec 9, 2014
Our son is a chef and chose this knife
Ann B on Dec 9, 2014
mike s on Dec 9, 2014
This is the second Stainless Damascus Knife we have purchased. Love the sharpness and shape of blade. Makes chopping, cutting, slicing easy!
Suzanne L on Dec 8, 2014
It was said to be the best
Sora S on Mar 6, 2019
I have 2 other knives and will not buy anything else!
Gary L on Jan 17, 2019
Bob Kramer 8"" Chef Knife?

Is Bob Kramer 8"" stainless Damascus Chef's Knife are both right or left handed user???Which Brand of Chef Knife are left handed user?Japanese Knife are right handed users??
A shopper on Nov 2, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Bob Kramer knives are left and right handed knives. Only Japanese knives with the D shaped handles--such as Shun, or Miyabi Kaizen & Artisan SG2--are hand specific. They are right handed knives
Does this knife get rusty? Do you have to dry it after each use? I'm looking for an easy maintenance tool as I don't have much patience.
Lake C on Dec 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Whether a blade is ‘stainless’ or not, you should rinse and dry it after use, and particularly ‘damascus’ patterned blades which are prone to dull and discolor if not well maintained. Acidic foods and hard water will cause some pitting and discoloration on virtually any steel, and it’s a good habit to rinse and dry your knives after use, no matter what the blade composition. And by the way, the fellow above who says the pattern on these Kramer damascus knives causes ‘drag’ is not quite right. ato the extent the blade surface ‘drags’ a very light coat of camellia oil will mostly eliminate that. But the resistance one gets cutting things like a head of cabbage or a crisp apple with this knife seems to be more a function of blade geometry. The knife is proportioned like a Western blade and is a bit thick from midblade to spine. That makes it quite robust, but does also require more force when cutting larger foods. A very thin blade, like a Takemura Hana, will slice like a laser, but it is also easily damaged. This knife design is a compromise.
What are the advantages to carbon steel vs. stainless in a Bob Kramer knife?

I want to invest in a good 8"" chef's knife. Bob Kramer makes both carbon steel and stainless -- how do I decide which one
A shopper on Dec 28, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The stainless is less likely to rust, and has a damascus pattern that protects the knife's core. But the stainless has a softer mix of metals for the blade, so it will need a little more honing.The carbon steel will develop a patina (get cloudy and even dark like copper pots do) over time. But the blades are even sharper. The downside is that they can be slightly more brittle than the stainless blades, but with normal use, this shouldn't be an issue. If you like the patina, great. If not, you can carefully clean it away using a little Barkeepers Friend and water
Is this available in stores?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this knife is available in stores.
How does the Kramer Essential perform in comparison to the Kramer Damascus?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2015
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Bob Kramer 8" Stainless Damascus 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: 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.
Where can I get a sheath for the 8inch ?
A shopper on Dec 29, 2017
So are there "dos" and "don'ts" when it comes to sharpening? I have one of those Wusthoff stone sharpeners you slide the knife through. Is it OK to use it on my new carbon-steel Kramer? My sense is that it's too rough for the Kramer.
christopher c on Apr 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would never use one of those ‘pull through’ gadgets with a high quality carbon steel, VG10 or SG2/R2 or similar knife. I would only use it with a Wusthof, Zwilling or similar stainless blade in a pinch. Get a ceramic honing rod - steel is nowhere near as effective. Remember the rod does not ‘sharpen,’ it merely realigns the edge on a sharp blade. Proper sharpening requires use of water stones (at least three, like a 400, 1000 and 3000 grit); and how often that is necessary depends on how you use your knife, not a fixed schedule. When you can no longer get the sharpness you want with gentle use of the ceramic hone, or if you observe chipping or other edge defects, you need to sharpen. Get stones and learn how to use them; or find a local sharpening service that does good work by hand. Talk to a chef in your area and ask who she uses to keep edges sharp!
Where does the knife balance? Is it a heavy or light blade or does it balance with handle?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The blade is NOT overly heavy. I would say it is slightly lighter than the handle, but they're close. It is very balanced. The handle is quite heavy and substantial. This knife is an absolute delight to use, exceptionally well designed. It is a working knife that just happens to look good, too.
Do you ship to Brazil ?
Nelsfi on Mar 20, 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.
Are these laser etched or true Damascus?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: From amazon. A: I am passing on the information I learned from Kramer's website. Technically there is no significant functional difference between a demascus and non-demascus knife. There is a definitive difference between carbon and stainless. A carbon blade is a better blade and can hold a better edge but it does take more effort to maintain. For the home cook, a nice stainless is all you need, and the Zwilling by Kramer is a GREAT knife. I have a kramer demascus (bought years ago), kramer non-demascus, shun-kramer, zwilling-kramer as well as others, and the zwilling kramer ranks right up there.
what is the reason to choose the 8' vs 10" chef knife?
Dawn W on Feb 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Actually, I bought both the 8" and the 6" Bob Kramer Damascus chef's knives. My husband preferred the 6" blade because it was easier to handle and can be used for almost everything. I found the 8" blade just plain too big and heavy. So, we kept the 6" knife and he uses it all the time. (Note: we do have another brand's decent 8" blade which gets used occasionally -- most kitchen projects don't seem to need such a large knife, for us.) Hope this helps you choose. We just love the knife -- very balanced, very sharp -- and has stayed very sharp for about a year-- and very easy to wash by hand. I let it air dry with no problem.
What is the overall length of knife from tip of blade to bottom of end cap?
A shopper on Dec 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 13 1/8"
I need to know how long the blade is from top to bottom the thickest part the blade (the back part of the blade)?
William T on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's not 100% clear what you are asking precisely but I read this as the "height" of the upright blade from cutting edge to the spine of the blade. On my Carbon version of this knife which should be same dimensions that measures 2-3/8". Very generous for large hands. Overall length of the blade including tang is 13-1/2". Cutting edge arc measures 8" length. Handle is 5" long measured along the tang.
Is the knife made of Damascus steel, or does it have just a Damascus pattern?
A shopper on Nov 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: ZWILLING J.A Henckels has already answered this question at zwillingonline - I suggest you research there to find the below comments from the manufacturer:

"The blades on the Kramer Euroline Damascus series is not an engraved pattern, it is an actual damascus construction. There are 100 layers of steel hammered onto the blade, both protecting the blade and creating the pattern you see.

Under normal use, there should be no damage to the damascus pattern or the blade edge. You should not see any discoloration. The core (which is also the cutting edge) is SG2 steel, which is no-stain. (You may be thinking of the Euroline Carbon collection, these knives are made from carbon steel which will rust if not handled properly and develop a patina even when handles correctly.)

The only thing to be aware of is that the SG2 is extremely hard, with a Rockwell hardness of 63. This allows it to maintain an extremely fine edge, but makes it susceptible to chipping if cutting hard objects (such as bones or frozen items) or if dropped."
My knife has some small stains on the grey matte part that won't wash off. Any insights?
Brian K on Mar 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Actual stains will be difficult. You can use some bartenders friend and try polishing it off, if your patina is built up there might be enough of a layer that will come off. Problem is then your knife will look spotty.


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