If you’re the sort of chef who loves a beautiful knife but also wants a knife to use, you’ll find them both in one knife when you buy the Shun Bob Kramer Pro paring knife. Beautiful enough to display, the Kramer Pro was also made for work.
Bob Kramer, a former chef who earned the distinctive title of Master Blade Smith from the American Bladesmith Society, partnered with Kai USA to create a line of kitchen cutlery built to high Japanese standards but with changes important to American chefs. Kramer’s experience in the kitchen taught him how most of us use our knives, and he built custom knives to fit those needs. Working with Kai USA, the manufacturer of Shun Cutlery, Kramer engineered a production line which retains many of those custom features.
This full tang paring knife features a comfortable grip shaped from dark Pakka-wood, a durable composite of real wood layers and synthetic resin. The 3 1/4 inch blade is Damascus-type steel, with outer layers of high carbon stainless steel for strength and durability and a center layer of SG-2 steel for better edge quality. The hardness exceeds that of many European and American brands, but lies between those and high-end Japanese knives. That gives you a cutting edge that lasts, stands up to the typical hard use habits of American chefs, and sharpens with standard equipment. You can use a sharpening steel to reset the edge.
What looks like a logo in the handle is an example of Kramer’s practical detailing, a handle rivet with extra flair. Etched on the blade, you’ll find the Kramer/Shun trademark.
See the Shun Paring Knife for a high-end Japanese style with a harder cutting edge of VG-10.