Henckels Unveils Bob Kramer Collection

Knife designer Bob Kramer demonstrated the ability of a sharp knife to cut through a thick length of rope.

Knife designer Bob Kramer demonstrated the ability of a sharp knife to cut through a thick length of rope.

Master Bladesmith and knife designer Bob Kramer and Zwilling J.A. Henckels have partnered to launch a line of authentic Bob Kramer carbon steel knives that will be available at Sur La Table beginning this month.

The series, which is made in Seki, Japan, showcases Kramer’s signature style of straight carbon steel blades. It marks the first time Kramer’s handcrafted carbon steel knives, which start at $400 per inch and sell for up to $22,000, will be made available on a wide scale.

“I am excited to partner with Zwilling J.A. Henckels, a company that consistently delivers expertise and long-lasting quality,” Kramer said. “Zwilling J.A. Henckels will provide me the resources and tools I’ll need to create cutlery that incorporates innovation with the traditional craftsmanship I respect.”

Kramer is one of about 100 people worldwide to be certified a Master Bladesmith, and the Kramer knife has been dubbed the “Ferrari of the knife world,” according to Henckels. The Henckels collection will feature the identical type and grade of straight carbon steel Kramer uses in his own knives, the type of steel that is easier to sharpen and takes a keener edge than stainless steel blades (though it requires extra care and is not for the “casual knife user,” Henckels acknowledged).

The Bob Kramer Carbon Steel Knives collection includes a paring knife, 5-inch utility knife, 9-inch slicer, 7-inch santoku, and 6-, 8- and 10-inch chef knives, all featuring a grenadille handfinished wood handle adorned with brass bolster, rivets and a mosaic pin featuring the Bob Kramer logo. Prices range from $139.99 to $349.95. The line is exclusive to Sur La Table in June, and available to the rest of the American market in September.

“We are pleased Mr. Kramer chose to work with us on this endeavor,” said Claus Holst-Gydesen, CEO of Zwilling J.A. Henckels, AG. “We have a mutual respect for each other’s work, which will result in extraordinary developments never before seen in the cutlery world.”