We fancy ourselves as kitchen folk, so we thought the epitome of the ultimate blade was found in either Wusthof or Global knives. Turns out we were wrong, very very wrong.
Kramer Knives cut like a Japanese Samurai sword. Yes, they’re that sharp, as proven by the above video which demonstrates the founder slicing in two a set of free standing water bottles – the operative words here are “free standing.” Have you seen any other knives do this? We haven’t.
In 1994 Bob Kramer set out to create the perfect kitchen knife. What he ended up with is a hybrid model that combines traditional German and Japanese engineering. There are a few different lines and a few different finishes to choose from. We’re particularly drawn to the Meiji Line, which uses 52100 tool grade carbon steel and a finish that is more analgouous to Japanese styling. Each knife takes over 6 hours to hone and you can choose from a polished or patina finish. The handles are fabricated from Cocobolo wood, while the pins are derived from a brass bolster and pins.
Want a custom knife? It ain’t as simple and just buying one. It would seem that the knives are in such demand, and the supply so few, that Kramer holds a lottery every 6 weeks and selects one lucky person to create a custom knife. Alternatively, you can head to stores like Surlatable and Amazon, where they sell for $300-$1800.