“This is it,” Sur La Table advertising boasts. “The Bob Kramer Collection for everyone.”
The new Bob Kramer Essential’s Collection, exclusive to the retailer, is manufactured by Zwilling J.A. Henckels. Handcrafted in Seki, Japan, the forged knife collection features a triple-riveted handle and is launching as a full line with various sized Chef’s knives, a Santoku knife, pairing knife, bread knife and utility knife.
Unlike other Bob Kramer knives, which start at $250 and run up to $1900 for a Chef’s knife, the Essential collection offers a more approachable pricepoint with a 6-inch Chef’s knife retailing for $170. Each Essential knife undergoes a rigorous 100-step, 42-day manufacturing process during which it passes through the hands of 45 expert artisans, the company said. As a finishing touch, each knife receives a central mosaic pin handcrafted in Bob Kramer’s personal studio.
The knives are constructed from FC61 steel, which features fine-carbide distribution and 61 Rockwell hardness. The knives feature brushed polymer handles and while manufactured in Japan, Kramer noted that the knives were influenced by traditional European designs.