New! Stainless Steel Damascus Line by ZwillingTuesday, August 14, 2012
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.
Aspen Food & Wine 2012Monday, 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
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 JapanMonday, 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:
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.
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.
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.