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  • Metal Arts Lecture Series: Bob Kramer at MIT on October 19th

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    Metal Arts Lecture Series: Bob Kramer at MITBob is pleased to be a part of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering's Metal Arts Lecture Series at Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Bob will share his relentless quest to forge the perfect knife. - Read More

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    6:00pm
    Room 6-120

  • Bellevue Arts Museum Exhibition Opens September 2nd

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    BAM Biennial 2016Bob is pleased to be one of 49 artists selected to participate in this year's special exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum. BAM Biennial is a juried exhibition occurring every two years which focuses on the work of established and emerging artists, craftspeople and designers living and working in Washington. This year's show is titled Metalmorphosis and will focus on metal as the medium. The exhibition opens to the public on September 2, 2016 and closes February 5th, 2017. - Read More

  • Kramer Military Style Hats are Back

    Thursday, June 02, 2016

    Kramer Military Style Hats

    We have military style hats with an adjustable hook and loop closure. This low profile unstructured cap is a fun casual style that comes in Black or Brown.

    Both hats feature our logo embroidered on the front. Choose between Black with grey embroidery or Brown with khaki embroidery.

    100% cotton distressed twill.

    Click here to order.

  • Encore Presentation - Listen to Bob on KPLU Sound Effect

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Meet Bob KramerKPLU Re-Airs Interview with Bob
    Saturday, May 14th at 10am (PT)

    Gabriel Spitzer, host of Seattle's Sound Effect on KPLU 88.5 had a blast talking with Bob last year and is happy to get the opportunity to share it with his listeners again. Tune in on 88.5FM/KPLU and online at KPLU.org. An archive will be made available by 11am as well.

    Listen to the live broadcast here.

  • Bellevue Arts Museum announces selected artists for BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis

    Tuesday, March 08, 2016

    BAM Biennial 2016Bob is pleased to be one of 49 artists selected to participate in this year's special exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum. BAM Biennial is a juried exhibition occurring every two years which focuses on the work of established and emerging artists, craftspeople and designers living and working in Washington. This year's show is titled Metalmorphosis and will focus on metal as the medium. The exhibition opens to the public on September 2, 2016 and closes in late January 2017. - Read More

  • Reflections on Scotland by Robert Kramer

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    Highland cattle. Photo: Robert KramerIt’s not often that someone says to you: “Hey, we like what you do. We’d like to send you to Scotland.” In the day-to-day scramble of what comes next, I got that call. I’ve been sharpening, repairing, and making knives for almost 30 years, and believe me, being a sole proprietor/craftsperson requires that you hustle every day, and time off is somewhat of a rarity. - Read More

  • Listen to Bob Kramer on KIRO Radio's Ring My Belle

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015

    Listen to Bob KramerThe world's best kitchen knives are hand forged in Olympia

    Rachel Belle, host of Ring My Belle on KIRO Radio in Seattle visited Bob Kramer's shop in Olympia to find out more about the man, the steel, meteorites and his rock star status.

    Listen to the interview.

  • Listen to Bob on Seattle's KPLU Sound Effect

    Monday, November 09, 2015

    Meet Bob KramerMeet A Man Who Forges Knives From the Remnants Of Shooting Stars

    Gabriel Spitzer, host of Seattle's Sound Effect on KPLU 88.5 traveled to Olympia to talk with Bob Kramer about his not-so-pointed path toward making knives from meteorites.

    Listen to the interview.

  • New! Watch Bob Kramer on Raw Craft

    Tuesday, September 01, 2015

    Bob was pleased to share his passion for knife making with Anthony Bourdain for this episode of Raw Craft produced by The Balvenie.

     

     

  • NEW Kramer Meiji Collection only at Sur La Table

    Tuesday, August 04, 2015

    Bob Kramer Meiji Collection

    Click here to order from Sur La Table.

    Combine Japanese aesthetics, the ease and familiarity of Western-style blades, and legendary bladesmith Bob Kramer, and the result is the revolutionary Meiji collection. A true fusion of Eastern and Western knifemaking philosophies, Bob Kramer Meiji offers the impeccable style of Japanese knives paired with the performance and accessibility of Western blade shapes optimized for kitchen use. Bob Kramer Meiji is only available at Sur La Table.

    Watch this video and find out what Bob has to say about his new line.

     

  • What's Bob's Favorite Dish?

    Tuesday, August 04, 2015

  • New Class Schedule at Sur La Table

    Monday, July 13, 2015

    Learn to Cut Like a Pro with Bob KramerLearn to Cut Like a Pro with Bob Kramer

    In this one-of-a-kind demo-style class, Bob Kramer joins us in the Sur La Table kitchen to share his knowledge of cutlery as he demonstrates cuts, sharpening techniques and the versatility of our Kramer Meiji collection. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn proper knife skills from the "King of the Kitchen Knife" himself. Special bonus: a 10% discount coupon to use in our store!

    Classes are scheduled for August, September and October in various Sur La Table stores.

    Click here for times and locations and to register with Sur La Table.

  • And the Winner is . . .

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Bob is pleased to be recognized as this year's winner of the American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award.

    ACC Rare Craft Fellowship Awards finalists and winner pose for a photo with Anthony Bourdain. Photo: Courtesy of Jackie Hart/DOWNTOWN Magazine.


    WATCH this short film featuring Bob and get a glimpse inside his workshop and a little bit more on what inspires his craft.

    READ more about the award and its sponsors here:

    Downtown: Anthony Bourdain, The Balvenie Celebrate Fellows at American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Awards

    The Daily Meal: WATCH: Anthony Bourdain Talks About Bob Kramer's Amazing Knives and How He Takes His Scotch

    The Huffington Post: Anthony Bourdain Interview: Craft and the Virtues of Doing Things the Hard, Slow Way

    BevNET: Anthony Bourdain Announces Winner of 2015 American Craft Council Fellowship Award in Association with The Balvenie

  • New! Stainless Steel Damascus Line by Zwilling

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    Click here to order from Sur La Table. 

    We are pleased with the extraordinary Carbon Line that Zwilling is producing and decided to take it one step further: a Stainless Steel Damascus knife. Bob licensed his Chevron Damascus pattern to be handcrafted in Japan by Zwilling. These knives were developed for you to enjoy a similar experience as with the carbon line, in stainless steel, at an affordable cost.

    Yes, they're real Damascus: The blades have a core of SG2 with 50 alternating layers of nickel and stainless steel, resulting in an exceptionally strong, 101-layer Chevron Damascus blade.

    They are gorgeous. You can learn more on Sur La Table's website by clicking here.

    -Kramer Team

  • Aspen Food & Wine 2012

    Monday, July 02, 2012

    The Aspen Food & Wine Festival was full of laughter, great food and fantastic people. Bob had lots of fun mingling and tattooing the crowd with Kramer gear.

     

    This year Sur La Table arranged for Bob to teach a hands-on knife skills class with 100 students:

      

    And, Bob was honored to act as a judge in the Grand Cochon Cooking Competition:

    Grand Cochon 2012

    Since 2009, COCHON 555 has been travelling the nation in celebration of heritage breed animals; they stopped in ten cities and selected five local chefs to participate in a "snout-to-tail" competition. Then, one winner from each city competes on the national level in Grand Cochon at the Aspen Food & Wine Festival. Bob and the other judges were looking for flavor, presentation, and utilization. 

    Each dish in the competition was delicious, especially the winner, Jason Vincent, whose plate was a fantastic execution of culinary aesthetic. 

    "Price of Proc" Jason Vincent made Sunday Brunch. The menu:

    bacon butterscotch donut
    soft-scrambled eggs, hollandoink
    Bloody Mary, on the bone
    Galicion Cocido
    Crisp liver, eight-year cheddar, Michigan cardoon giardiniere 

    Here are the participants. Jason Vincent (winner) is in front wearing a crown:

    - Kramer Team

  • Trip to Zwilling in Japan

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    This month Bob (accompanied by a Sur La Table crew) travelled to Japan to check production for the new Stainless Steel Damascus Line by Zwilling. 

    At the Zwilling manufacturing plant in Seki City, each of these blades are finished by hand. In the two photos below, you can see where your knives are made. These are Japanese bladesmiths shaping and grinding blades:

      

     

    Here are a few photos of a traditional Japanese sword-making demonstration at the sword museum in Seki City. Pretty cool!

        

     

    Of course, we had some amazing food. This is a delicious Japanese salad and Miagi Beef

     

    Bento Box Lunch

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi (the world's best sushi) with Sur La Table crew

     

      

    And for our last stop, I was taken to an exclusive sharpening stone shop that must not have changed in 60+ years. In the photo below, you'll see the Stone Shop Proprietor, who was very particular about selling the stones to me--making sure that I knew exactly how to use them. And of course, the stones were very expensive: the cost of a small used car! 

      

     - Kramer Team

  • A few updates from the shop...

    Monday, April 09, 2012

    So, we re-vamped our website! Everything was done in house, with the help of Ariel's brother, Jason Donnette. Some new features:

    Member Area
    Become an official Kramer Knives member to participate in our Auctions and Ready-Made sales. 
    Registration is free. If you previously registered for our auctions, you're good to go. 

    Online Store
    Order sharpening supplies, Kramer gear and recommended products directly from our website.  


    And, we have new stuff....

    We have new 100% organic cotton shirts, printed with water-based ink. They're very soft and fit comfortably. And, they're super cool.

    New! Kramer Hammer Tees 
    Front is our logo, back is old Blacksmith stamp. 

    Kramer Knives T Shirt Kramer Knives Tee Shirt 

     

    New! Kramer Goggle Tees
    Front is "Kramer" in Japanese, back is Bob, designed by Jordan Hillyard.

     

     

    We also have new Naniwa Abrasives, the best water stones coming out of Japan today.
    Check out the sharpening supplies we sell. 

    Thanks for stopping by. Take a look around our new site and let us know of your experience.
    -Kramer Team