ZWILLING Bob Kramer Meiji 7-inch, Santoku Knife

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KRAMER by ZWILLING Meiji 7-inch Santoku Knife is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 36.
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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. 38268-183
  • Color: brown
  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Substance: FC61
  • Type of handle: concealed tang
  • Type of edge: Fine Edge
  • Edge finishing: Razor edge
  • Manufacturing method: welded
  • Number of parts: 1
  • Blade hardness (HRC): 60-62 HRC
  • Colour handle: brown
  • Substance handle: Pakka Wood
  • Net weight: 0.48 lbs
  • Length of product: 13.46 in
  • Width of product: 1.10 in
  • Height of product: 2.32 in
  • Blade length: 7.09 in
  • Handle length: 5.31 in
  • Handle width: 1.02 in
ZWILLING Bob Kramer Meiji 7-inch, Santoku Knife
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KRAMER by ZWILLING Meiji 7-inch Santoku Knife is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 36.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Legacy & Quality 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 is reminiscent of Damascus layering. The bright stainless is eye catching, and I am always happy to pick this knife up for any job. The handle is a little longer than traditional handles. Great for larger hands or folks who don't use a pinch grip. This 7-inch santoku has exceptional balance. The wider tip, typical of all santokus, gives me a little play for fine slicing and shredding.
Date published: 2020-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bob Kramer knives are truly works of art. The Meiji 7" fine edge santuko is another fine example. One hundred layers of stainless and nickel damacus protect the FC61 core steel creating a rich and interesting pattern design. The traditional Japanese handle is Charcoal Pakkawood, adding to it's elegance and ergonomic design. The half bolster features a nice curve which allows for greater comfort and permits using the full blade for cutting and sharpening. Double tapering keeps the weight in the middle resulting in perfect balance and less fatigue. Perfect design and gorgeous as well!
Date published: 2021-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Actually a Bunka, but we'll let it slide I purchased this knife as a gift to myself and with the price reduction it had on it plus an extra 15%, I just couldn't pass it up. It glides through EVERYTHING as if it weren't even there. Gorgeous blade, love the oversized handle as I've large hands; and it's pretty lightweight considering the size. Well done Bob, Zwilling, and all those artisans in Japan. 10 out of 10
Date published: 2021-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uniquely Kramer Meiji is a little different in design than previous Bob Kramer knives but none the less spectacular! It has the wide blade design Kramer is so famous for in his hand made knives which makes cutting large fruits, vegetables or piles of food easy. It has a core of FC61 steel which is incredibly durable, very chip resistant and is surrounded by 100 layers of steel in a very unique Damascus design. The handle is made from a durable wood and is curved to almost mirror the palm of your hand; fits like a glove. Beautiful, durable and will be a complete work horse in your kitchen.
Date published: 2020-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is not your ordinary Santoku, foremost, it’s a Kramer, from his Meiji Collection; made with left-handers in mind too... but it’s also got a nice point to the blade, unlike your classic Santoku, which makes this one quite versatile; able to use with prepping an entire meal without changing out knives for different jobs (from herbs, to veggies, and even proteins). This one will certainly become a go-to in your kitchen, as it has in mine!
Date published: 2020-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Bob Kramer Beauty This 7 inch Santoku part of Bob Kramer's Meji design collection is a treat to use. You can feel the razor sharp edge easily slice through fruits, vegetables and meats. Designed with a FC61 core and covered in 100 layers of alternating nickel and steel to create the damascus pattern this blade will retain it's razor sharp cutting edge use after use. The handle provides a comfortable grip and the expert forging give a durable feel.
Date published: 2020-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting design.....great knife This is such a uniquely designed knife. The handle is like nothing Ive ever seen before. It is ergonomic and comfortable to hold but with a cool look. The blade is very sharp. It goes through a double hardening allowing for a very strong very thin blade that is chip resistant. Like all Kramer knives it is well balanced. I love the Kramer mosaic pin in the handle. It really shows the attention to detail and the craftsmanship.
Date published: 2020-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you haven't experienced a Bob Kramer knife, you are in for a great surprise! Own one of these and you will never turn back. This 7" Meiji Santoku will glide and slice right through the toughest of jobs and your hand and fingers stay supported and comfortable. We love the look of the pakkawood and it feels so good on the handle. Invest in one to treat yourself and your kitchen!
Date published: 2020-04-14
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Does this come in a left hand version?

Asked by: Chucktheknifeman
This knife has a double bevel edge and a D-shaped handle that is appropriate for both left- and right-handed users.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2018-08-16
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