Metal Arts Lecture Series: Bob Kramer at MIT on October 19thWednesday, September 28, 2016
Bob 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
Bellevue Arts Museum Exhibition Opens September 2ndMonday, August 22, 2016
Bob 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 BackThursday, June 02, 2016
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.
Encore Presentation - Listen to Bob on KPLU Sound EffectWednesday, May 11, 2016
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.
Bellevue Arts Museum announces selected artists for BAM Biennial 2016: MetalmorphosisTuesday, March 08, 2016
Bob 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 KramerWednesday, December 23, 2015
It’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 BelleWednesday, November 18, 2015
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 Bob on Seattle's KPLU Sound EffectMonday, November 09, 2015
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.
New! Watch Bob Kramer on Raw CraftTuesday, 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 TableTuesday, August 04, 2015
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 TableMonday, July 13, 2015
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.
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:
The Huffington Post: Anthony Bourdain Interview: Craft and the Virtues of Doing Things the Hard, Slow Way
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.