ZWILLING Bob Kramer Meiji 4-inch, Paring Knife

KRAMER by ZWILLING Meiji 4-inch Paring Knife is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 33.
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Forged from remarkable expertise, the Kramer by ZWILLING Meiji knife series is a collaboration between ZWILLING J.A. Henckels and Bob Kramer, the first Master Bladesmith to specialize in kitchen cutlery.The potent core of FC61 fine carbide stainless steel is protected by 100 layers of nickel and stainless steel. Beneath its distinctive exterior, Kramer's distinctive etched ladder Damascus pattern provides added durability. Thanks to an innovative, ice-hardened process, the FRIODURx2 blades offer remarkable durability, sharpness, and cutting performance. The ergonomic charcoal Pakkawood handles have a complex curvature that mirrors the palm, ensuring a secure and supremely comfortable grip. Exquisite to hold and behold, the handles feature a decorative center pin handcrafted in Kramer's Washington workshop.Kramer by ZWILLING Meiji knives boasts 287 years of ZWILLING engineering prowess, Kramer's 19 years of forging experience, and 7 centuries of traditional Japanese craftsmanship. These unparalleled knives are built to last a lifetime.

  • Handcrafted in Seki, Japan
  • Designed to fit Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer's exacting specifications
  • Fabricated from revolutionary FC61 fine carbide steel
  • Ice-hardened FRIODURx2 blade offer exceptional durability, cutting edge retention, and corrosion resistance
  • Mirror-polished blade have a distinctive etched ladder Damascus pattern designed by Kramer
  • Hand-honed Honbazuke blade boasts scalpel-like sharpness
  • Authentic, thin Japanese blade profile
  • Full tang construction provides perfect balance and superior durability so you can cut with confidence


  • Item no. 38260-103
  • Color: brown
  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Substance: FC61
  • Type of handle: concealed tang
  • Type of edge: fine edge
  • Edge finishing: Honbazuke edge
  • Manufacturing method: welded
  • Blade hardness (HRC): 61 HRC
  • Colour handle: brown
  • Substance handle: pakka Wood
  • Net weight: 0.16 lbs
  • Length of product: 8.50 in
  • Width of product: 0.91 in
  • Height of product: 1.02 in
  • Blade length: 3.94 in
  • Handle length: 5.31 in
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KRAMER by ZWILLING Meiji 4-inch Paring Knife is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paring knife for a full hand grip If you hold your knives with your full hand - like a handshake - this is a terrific paring knife for you. It's maneuverability, even with a 4-inch blade, is pretty awesome. Even if you use a pinch grip, this blade moves easily and so effortlessly that you'll think it's an extension of your hand. Plus the Meiji line is as tough as it is beautiful. Made of 101 layers of steel, and ice hardened in the process, this tough knife will work hundreds of menus before it needs to be sharpened. The patterned blade signifies its Damascus-style layering. The bright stainless is eye catching. The handle is a little longer than traditional handles. Great for larger hands.
Date published: 2020-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Parinig Love Oh Meiji how I love you so! The 8" chef is my go to knife in the kitchen so only natural to add to it and so happy I did. This is one of the most comfortable paring knives I own. The core of the blade is made from FC61 carbide and its surrounded by 100 layers of additional steel which creates a beautiful Damascus pattern. The handle is an exaggerated D sharp that is comfortable and fits into any hand. It is perfect for detailed work or a quick chop.
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool look great blade I have been a fan of Bob Kramer cutlery for a while. This Kramer designed knife is truly unique. His take on the traditional D shaped handle really stands out in the kitchen and is very comfortable to hold. The Damascus style blade is very sharp. The FC61 steel holds and edge for a long time and is more resilient that a lot of Japanese blades. The blade length is perfect for shaping and peeling in hand.
Date published: 2020-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from With Bob Kramer's name on any knife, you can be assured you bought the best of the best! The 100 layers of nickel and steel designed into a gorgeous Damascus pattern, ensure sharpness, it stays sharp and extremely durable. The Pakkawood handle makes for a most comfortable grip and hold while paring, slicing, or coring your fruits and veggies. The finest of knives also has the most stunning look to it.
Date published: 2020-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable handle, nice blade I like the modified Japanese handle as it fits comfortably in my hand. (I prefer simpler Japanese handles to western ones.) I like the blade & it's comparable to a similarly priced, slightly larger petty knife I already have (home cook). The Damascene pattern looks nice, but isn't necessary. A more traditional pattern is just fine. Overall, I'm loving this handy, little heirloom knife.
Date published: 2021-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful design This knife feels like every detail was clearly thought thru and the craftsmanship can be seen in everything from the blade to the handle. I am right handed and this knife feels like it was made for my hand because the "D" shape sits in the palm of my hand perfectly. I like the 4" length because it isn't too big to maneuver, but not too short to get tasks done quickly.
Date published: 2020-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meiji is an exceptional knife and what could be more perfect than this quality and design in a knife you will use every day. The parer is the essential knife for small tasks you perform in your hand like peeling an apple, removing spots from potatoes, or working with garlic. This incredible knife is made in Japan. It has scalpel-like blade sharpness that is a result of a thin blade with a very small edge angle. No need to worry about the blade being delicate like most Japanese knives. Meiji is made from a new type of steel, FC61, that is durable and very chip resistant. You can see the details of the hand crafted blades in the edge finish. The Pakkawood handle is a very durable wood composite that can hold up to lots of daily wear and tear. The unique handle design fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The pin in the handle is made by Bob Kramer in his workshop and shipped to Japan. How cool is that!
Date published: 2020-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everybody needs a paring knife in their kitchen... and if you’re left-handed, you’ll definitely want this amazing little work horse in yours. Add this to your collection if you haven’t got one already... the versatility and uses for a great paring knife is vital in the kitchen; but to have one of such stature and sleek design is just a privilege. Bon appetite!
Date published: 2020-04-02
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