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Bob Kramer by Zwilling J.A. Henckels Knife Sharpening Kit

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. Put simply, Kramer is King of the Kitchen Knife. As such, Bob Kramer has seen the knife from ...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. Put simply, Kramer is King of the Kitchen Knife. As such, Bob Kramer has seen the knife from every angle—as a chef, a professional knife sharpener, and a Master Bladesmith.

Although he is most widely recognized for his blades, Bob is also an expert on sharpening. In that spirit, he has collaborated with ZWILLING to create the Kramer by Zwilling sharpening collection. This assortment offers a sharpening and polishing option to fit every skill level, along with accessories to help maintain these critical tools for years to come.

In order to maximize the performance of any knife, it is very important that the edge be properly cared for. Retooling your knives’ edges by hand may seem daunting to a beginner, but with Kramer’s help many describe the experience as relaxing and gratifying. Keeping your blades sharp not only makes the cook’s most important tool easier to use, sharpening makes knives safer.

This premium collection is designed to meet Bob Kramer’s rigorous expectations for quality. Each piece in the collection plays an important role in ensuring the life of your blades:
• Sharpening Stone #400 grit for repairing or changing the edge
• Sharpening Stone #1000 grit for fine sharpening
• Sharpening Stone #5000 grit for extra fine finishing and polishing
• Adjustable Bamboo Whetstone Sink Bridge creates a sturdy workstation for sharpening
• Cleaning Stone to polish the water stones to return them to like-new condition
• Instructional DVD is the definitive guide on how to sharpen from Kramer himself, only available as part of the set

Set is not for use on ceramic knives.

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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
  • Kramer has seen the knife from every angle—as a chef, a professional knife sharpener, and a Master Bladesmith
  • Kramer has collaborated with Zwilling to create the Kramer by Zwilling sharpening collection
  • This assortment offers a sharpening and polishing option to fit every skill level
  • Maximize the performance of your knives
  • Retooling your knives’ edges by hand may seem daunting to a beginner, but with Kramer’s help many describe the experience as relaxing and gratifying

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  • Material: Wood
  • Made in Japan

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  • Polish with Cleaning Stone

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Customer Reviews

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Must have care for exceptional knives
Investing in good knives requires proper sharpening care
March 4, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Awesome
I decided to just jump right in to home sharpening with these and found that right off the bat I got my knives razor sharp. I started with knife I didn't really care about that much in case I screwed it up. But, I didn't - it was actually easy. Very relaxing actually to listen to the sound of the knife on the stone. If you watch a few videos online including Bob Kramer's you'll naturally find the right angle and be able to get your knives razor sharp - it just kind of falls into place, but you can use the reference tools like pennies and matchbooks and some other plastic guides that you can find online to train your hands into the right angle. Just start slow and easy and build. I didn't push down with the 8lbs of pressure at first, I gradually built that up until I was more comfortable with the motions. You'll see that people on line have a lot of different techniques. I kind of mix and match depending on the blade style. Anyway, it just works - And, you won't f-up your knives that have a bolster in them using one of those old pull through machines that doesn't sharpen to the heel of the knife and end up with a sway. Technically you could probably grind this down and I did on a smaller knife using the 400 grit stones, but had a shop with a grinder take out the curve before using the stones on my larger knives. If you go to Kramer's website you can buy other stones that are lower and higher in cut.

I don't have any comparison for these stones but they work well. My only tip is to make sure you get the burr and then do the fast and lighter pulls at the end of each stage. I believe that this this gets rid of the burr at the end of each stage. I use this on the kitchen counter with a towel underneath the holder. I use a spray bottle full of water (I use purified because I have lots of minerals in my water and use the water for other tasks) to keep the stone wet and it works great. I don't end up with too much of a mess at all.

The eraser stone works awesome and the stones look fresh after each use.

Per the peeps at Kramer, you do need to buy a flattening stone as all stones, even with careful use will get a bit of a curve in them. I also got the stropping block which is recommended as well. The peeps at Kramer also recommend a ceramic honing rod in between sharpenings. I don't know if they are recommending to spend $ or not, but the whole system is working.

To summarize, my knives have never been sharper, even taking to a local professional sharpening place that does them for chefs. Obviously you can use these on pocket knives, etc. The tip of my knives get sharpened a little more up the blade than you get from someone using a grinder, I'm not sure if that's technique or a function of hand sharpening.

The only problem with these is that if you are into making things awesome, you can become obsessed with having razor sharp knives and find yourself pulling out the stones at random times to see if you can't get them any sharper.
February 15, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Bob Kramer Knife Sharpening
Love it. Works very good and easy to use.
February 11, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Perfect Sharpening Kit
This kit is perfect in every way...from the quality of the glass-back ceramic stones to the grits included. With this kit you can repair/remove nicks from the cutting edge using the 400 to sharpening with the 1000 and finish with polishing the edge with the 5000. The rack is well made and should last a long time. If you really want to get to that ultimate edge you should also get the 10000 grit as I did.
February 4, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
works great
First time I have used a knife sharpener like this. Watching the video helped with the technique. Very pleased with the kit though a little expensive. I'd ike to get the the Kramer leather strapping block and the 10,000 grit stone but can't justify the cost.
July 7, 2018
Purchased
11 months ago
Sharpeniing kit
Will compliment my new Kramer euro knives very well. Still practicing on older Henkel 4 star. Lots of promise.
January 23, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Great Sharpening Kit
This is a great kit to keep in the kitchen. Have sharpened all of my cutlery with it. The learning curve is pretty short thanks to the instructional video. It's slightly messy but oh so worth it. I've used the bridge over my sink and on my countertop as well. Works great either way but I prefer using it over the sink as it reduces the clean up. If you're up for "do-it-yourself" type maintenance on your cutlery this is the kit to have.
October 20, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Best Sharpening System I have tried
I first heard of Bob Kramer from a New Yorker article and just recently went to the store to buy a Kramer knife. But then I thought what is the point of buying an expensive knife if you can't keep it sharp. So I bought the Kramer sharpening kit to try on my old knives first and, after a false start, got my knives razor sharp just like in his video. The trick is to press harder and go back and forth - a little different technique than the sharpening steel. Now I am going back for the Kramer knives!
April 6, 2015
Very nice, excellent results
I used to use oilstones, then Japanese water stones, and now this system. Being able to sharpen knives right by the source of water, and with these specially manufactured sharpening plates, really makes the job more pleasant, cleaner, and more accurate.

I come from a woodworking background, and am used to sharpening chisels and plane blades to be literally able to shave with them (that's how I knew they were fully sharp). Sharpening this way requires some feel and care, but the results will be superb when you become familiar.

I also got the strop, and sometime hope to get the finest sharpening stone as well.
March 30, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
This kit +video=super blade
These stones are special and are a great improvement over the stones of 30+years ago. Technology has hit the kitchen at the basic tools finally! If not for Bob Kramer we would be in the electric knife age.
December 28, 2014
Purchased
over 4 years ago
 

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
This item was recommended to me by a friend, looking forward to using it!
Christine B on Apr 17, 2019
The only correct way to sharpen high end knives
Heather D on Jan 29, 2019
This item was recommended to me by a friend, looking forward to using it!
Christine B on Apr 17, 2019
I love my kitchen blades, and I have quite a few of them. But I find that I can't take them out for sharpening enough and I end up dealing with dangerously dull blades at times. It is past time to find a decent system that will teach me how to sharpen them and give me the tools for that.
Denise D on Feb 20, 2019
The only correct way to sharpen high end knives
Heather D on Jan 29, 2019
REviews
L C on Jan 26, 2019
A sharp knife is a safe knife, and this set makes keeping your knife sharp easy.
Benjamin M on Jan 25, 2019
The quality of the stones in the kit
Kalei C on Jan 22, 2019
For work knifes
James M on Jan 18, 2019
If you have knives you have to keep them sharp to work correctly. Bob Kramer is the best of the best.
Richard S on Jan 18, 2019
reviews online.
gina b on Jan 17, 2019
BECAUSE THE YOUTUBE VIDEO IMPRESSED ME.
MARK D on Jan 15, 2019
Was seen on YOU-TUBE. Like the demo.
Joseph P on Jan 9, 2019
I picked this item because I’m extremely impressed by Bob Kramer. He is the master of masters when it come to knife makers.
Peter W on Jan 4, 2019
Great product!
Andrew L on Dec 28, 2018
To complement our newly purchased Bob Kramer Stainless Damascus Knife set.
Clayton S on Dec 28, 2018
My husband loves the knives and wanted this for Christmas!
Melissa W on Dec 14, 2018
Watched the video and am excited to give this sharpener system to my son for Christmas.
Carolyn H on Dec 10, 2018
Best sharpening system short of send my knives off to be professionally sharpened. Met Bob Kramer in Sur La Table in Dallas a couple of years ago and he showed a group of us how to use the system. It's outstanding.
Jeff S on Dec 6, 2018
This purchase was based on positive product reviews.
Jon T on Nov 10, 2018
It’s hard to find a comprehensive sharpening kit and this one is designed expressly for the Kramer knives.
Lloyd R Baggs D on Oct 6, 2018
My knives are dull
William B on Sep 18, 2018
grandson birthday
ROBERTA A on Aug 20, 2018
Recommended by a chef.
terrydactyls on Aug 1, 2018
better sharpening set up
Joe P on Jan 3, 2018
I saw a review and demo online and the ease of use impressed me.
robert l on Jan 3, 2018
Request from my son for sharpening tools for his Chef knife.
Susan J on Dec 31, 2017
Kramer Knife
David W on Dec 25, 2017
STAY SHARP
John M on Dec 17, 2017
Already purchased a Kramer chef knife and wanted to care for it correctly
Charles C on Dec 13, 2017
Master quality product
CHRISTOPHER M on Dec 10, 2017
requested
Elizabeth B on Dec 7, 2017
Best sharpening kit I have ever owned. A little pricey, but well worth it for fine cutlery.
Marcus Z on Nov 27, 2017
recommended by Youtuber Junskitchen, wants to give a try
Pu H on Nov 22, 2017
Bought this kit to improve the quality of sharpening my Bob Kramer 8" chef's knife and other cutlery. Nothing compares to sharpening with wet stones. This kit has everything you need to put a long lasting precision edge on your knives.
Kevin C on Aug 31, 2017
Saw demo on Anthony Bourdain show You-yube
James M on Jul 20, 2017
I've invested in high quality knives and i'de like to have them last a long time
abdullah f on Jun 12, 2017
I received my Kramer knive last month. It is so sharp that it will cut paper.
Millard Q on May 15, 2017
I went to a kitchen supply store where they have knife sharpening service and this is the product they use.
Joe M on Feb 28, 2017
seen video on youtube
gregg J on Jan 4, 2017
This what my wife wanted.
Theodore D G on Dec 19, 2016
We have his knives... We love them...
David R on Dec 17, 2016
Was shopping online for cutlery and saw the kit & then watched the Bob Kramer video.
Dan L on Dec 16, 2016
You don't have to soak the stones!!!
Sam B on Dec 14, 2016
Our son knows a great deal about knives, swords, etc. and wanted this for Christmas.
Carolyn H R on Dec 13, 2016
I have other Kramer knives, the best I have used!
Edward B on Dec 10, 2016
Reviews and research from other sites as well.
Joanie G on Dec 8, 2016
A gift for someone
Serena G on Dec 7, 2016
Appreciate the sharp!
Theresa K on Dec 5, 2016
Special request for an xmas gift
Deborah N on Dec 5, 2016
This kit gives me the opportunity to keep my knives pro-sharp easily and consistently.
Steven H on Nov 11, 2016
quality of Bob Kramer and recommendation by him
Mark M on Aug 27, 2016
I love my kitchen blades, and I have quite a few of them. But I find that I can't take them out for sharpening enough and I end up dealing with dangerously dull blades at times. It is past time to find a decent system that will teach me how to sharpen them and give me the tools for that.
Denise D on Feb 20, 2019
REviews
L C on Jan 26, 2019
Who make sthe stones , Chosera, Shapton or another

Can you be specific about the stones? thanks
A shopper on Nov 17, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Bob says they are Chosera in the dvd that comes with the set.
What are the dimensions of the stones?
A shopper on Dec 8, 2011
BEST ANSWER: They are 9" X 3 3/4" X 1"
wil I be able to sharpen all my every day carry pocket knives?

will I be able to sharpen my pocket knifes and neck knives, hunting knives on your three stonesystem
derf on Jul 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, pocket knives and neck knives can be sharpened on these sharpening stones
Is the knife sharpening kit recommended for the Kramer-Shun Damaskus knives? I'm intrigued but don't want to ruin the beautiful finish on my set
A shopper on Dec 3, 2011
BEST ANSWER: This kit is designed to be used with all kinds of knives, including the the Kramer-Shun Damaskus. The Damaskus pattern should not be effected as you are working the edge of the blade and not the surface of the blade.
I own a Ken Onion Shun set of knives that are ergonomically correct. Can they be sharpened using Kramer by Zwilling Knife Sharpening Kit?

I ask this question because I do not want to spend the money on the kit just in case they cannot work with these knives, and I also do not want to run the risk of destroying the knives without asking the question
A shopper on Feb 17, 2012
BEST ANSWER: You should have no problem at all sharpening and caring for your knives using this kit. It is designed to be used with any kind of knife and still hold up to Bob Kramers high standards.
I have a large farmhouse sink - what is the length of the sink bridge?
rose r on Feb 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Rose, Just received you question (2/11/2016). Maximum extension is 22 1/4 inches. Bob
Is this available in store?
A shopper on Dec 3, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Yes - it is and they know how to use it!
How to sharpen a steak knife ?
A shopper on Dec 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It depends...if it is a serrated edge steak knife then your best option (if the knives are expensive) is to pay a skilled knife sharpener who specializes in serrated edges to sharpen the knife because the area which needs sharpening is in between each half-moon of the serrated edge. This is especially true if the steak knives are beveled on both edges.

But if the knife is beveled on one edge and flat on the other (as most steak knives are) and are not horribly expensive then you can use the sharpening kit to sharpen just the flat side of the knife. This will sharpen the edge, but will also slowly cut away at the "points" of the serrated edge and after many sharpenings make the points rounded and less effective.

But if the steak knives are just straight edges then you can sharpen it like any other knife, spending equal attention/time to each side of the blade. Bob Kramer has an excellent video tutorial of how to use the kit for normal knives.
Do the stones wear? How long will one last before it gets to thin and needs replacing?
Jim T on Mar 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes all sharpening stones will wear. You are physically grinding the stone material away (a tiny amount) with each stroke. Typically, they'll get thinner in the middle over time. It will take a long time e.g. years of regular home use. Long before the stone is ever "too thin", it will be curved. That makes putting an edge on a knife difficult. The solution to that is to then buy a lapping plate and grind the stone back to true flat. But, it will be a long time before you have to worry about it.
Can this set be used for sharpening japanese chisels and planes?
as i am new to this and am looking for the best stones to suit my budget thanks.
Bucko on Oct 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can be however wearing of the stones must be taken into consideration. Chisels have a smaller footprint on the stone and thus will wear it unevenly, planer blades are a bit tricky to hold and get a full sweep so one should use circular patterns. The stones can be kept level by buffing one against the other when wearing is observed. Love the stones and they do a great job on my knives, chisels and blades but it took some practice.
How often would you recommend sharpening?

We just purchased a Shun knife and plan on keeping it for as long as we can. We are also vegetarians and cook only once or twice a week. How often would you recommend sharpening and which grits?
A shopper on Jan 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If you're just learning to sharpen, I would just ""touch up"" about every 2-3 months on the 5k stone. If the knives are pretty dull at this point, you can drop down to the 1k grit. I dont recommend the 400 unless you know what you are doing. Otherwise you may do more damage than good. Its easier to keep a knife sharp by touching up than to sharpen a dull knife. If you have Shun with vg10 steel, a honeing rod is fine. If they have sg2 steel, i wouldnt hone since the metal is too hard and will create micro-chipping in the blade
As a system the Kramer Zwilling set is not usually mentioned, why is this? Other systems are named, what is the reason?
Michael H on Jan 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is simply a collection of high quality stones with a DVDs of instructions which are ok but you have to guess about the best angle to present to the stones for sharpening.
Would you ship to U.K and if so how much??
Hengle on Nov 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we do. Please call Customer Service at 800 243 0852 for a shipping quote.
 

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