Home chefs looking for high-quality cutlery should check out the Kramer 2.0 collection from Zwilling J.A. Henckels.
Designed by master bladesmith Bob Kramer, the Kramer Carbon 2.0 collection is said to offer improved weight distribution and balance for more efficient cutting. All items in the collection are manufactured in Seki, Japan, and designed to Kramer’s exacting specifications.
The knives are made from straight carbon steel, which requires knowledge and care to maintain. In return, owners will be rewarded with a sharpness and keenness to edge that only straight carbon can deliver, Zwilling said.
According to Kramer’s website, he is one of 120 master bladesmiths in the United States. To earn this title from the American Bladesmith Society, individuals undergo years of study and then must pass a Master’s Test.
The test requires building a 10-inch Bowie knife made of 300+ layers of steel. This knife is required to cut through a 1-inch free-hanging rope in one swing, chop through a two-by-four twice, shave a swatch of arm hair (after the two-by-four), and bend the blade at a 90-degree angle without the blade breaking.
If each of those tasks is passed, individuals are required to submit five flawless knives (including a 15th-century Quillion dagger) to a panel of judges.
The new collection includes a 3.5-inch paring knife, 5-inch utility knife, 7-inch Santoku knife, 6-inch chef’s knife, 8-inch chef’s knife, 10-inch chef’s knife, 9-inch slicing knife and 10-inch bread knife.