Smith & Wesson SWMP4LS M&P Linerlock Knife Review

The Smith & Wesson SWMP4LS Linerlock knife is your perfect everyday knife!
Smith & Wesson is one of the most renowned companies in the world. They are known for the manufacture of safety and protection tools and weapons. If you want reassurance about their weapon’s good quality, you must know that most of the police departments in the United States of America buy weapons and firearms from Smith & Wesson. The manufacturing industry is a modern combination of safety and technology so they always come up with such weaponry accessories that are unique.

Smith & Wesson SWMP4LS M&P Linerlock Knife with 2nd Generation MAGIC Assisted Open and 40% Serrated Drop Point Blade

The Linerlock knife by Smith & Wesson is their 2nd generation of technology-assisted cutlery. Calling this knife cutlery might not be justified because it is way more than just a kitchen knife. The SWMP4LS is more of a pocket knife that people tend to use for self-protection and safety. The knife is a very good example of 2nd generation M.A.G.I.C (Multipurpose Assisted Generational Innovative Cutlery) assisted opening technology.

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To understand the usefulness of this knife, you need to know more about M.A.G.I.C assisted opening technology. These are usually folding knives which are easy to be kept in a pocket or purse to be used later for safety reason or even to cut an apple. These knives use an internal mechanism in order to open the blade portion of the knife with the push of a user’s hand on a special button on the handle of the knife.

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There is a huge variety of this M.A.G.I.C assisted opening knives by Smith & Wesson and every knife is differentiated by a special part number. The SWMP4LS knife weighs only 7.5 ounces which makes it pretty easy to be kept in your pocket or in your handbag without making it uncomfortably heavy. It comes in dark black color. Not only is the handle of the knife but also its blade’s dark black color which makes it look like a very sturdy weapon to have. The black color of its blade does not mean it is not made of pure stainless steel.

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The edge of the blade in this Linerlock knife is plain and partially serrated. You will find it sharper than any knife you ever had. Also, it is 3.6 inches wide which is a pretty standard size for any pocket knife. The handle is made up of aluminum which is quite strong and offers a good non-slipping grip to its user. The knife looks as strong as a rock and will open with a slight push on the spring-assisted button on one of its sides. You do not have to struggle with the button to open it because it is quite smooth and the blade will be out and ready to be used in only a few microseconds. When you have closed the knife in the folding position, the handle will keep the blade in the same position with the help of a torsion spring and an additional blade lock. So you do not have to worry about the knife being opened accidentally while in your pocket or handbag.

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This knife is considered an ideal glass breaker tool. People like EMTs, Patrolmen, and even civilians all find it suitable to use this knife not only for protection but also for regular daily life use. Not only for safety, if you want something in your pocket or handbag while you are going out hiking or you are leaving for a few days of trekking, but this tool will also be your best friend. You may need to cut any unnecessary woods in your way or you may need to cut down ropes while camping. This knife can also be used as a good cutlery tool while you are out of your home. It will help you cut meat, beef if you decide to have a BBQ.
As far as Smith & Wesson liner lock knife warranty is concerned, the product is warranted for the lifetime of the customer. Though the damage caused by misuse is not covered it can last a lifetime if taken good care of by the customer.

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Cold Steel 3V Master Hunter Review

Cold Steel Master Hunter
Cold Steel Master Hunter Knife

The heart of any knife or outdoor enthusiast will certainly beat faster if you give him a Cold Steel 3V Master Hunter knife. Admittedly, the appearance is rather simple. But at the end of the day, a knife is all about functionality!

In this review, I would like to share my experiences with the Cold Steel Master Hunter knife with you. The knife is equipped with everything the outdoor or hunting enthusiast is looking for: a drop-point blade with flat grinding, a decent blade length, and a full 5 mm / 0,5-inch thickness.

If you look at the knife you know what you have, don’t you? So much can be anticipated; the knife does a decent job!

Let’s start with the technical data:

  • Blade material: American CPM3-V High Carbon Steel with Stonewash finish
  • Total length: approx. 23.5 cm / 9 1/4″
  • Blade length: approx. 11.4 cm / 4 1/2″
  • Blade thickness: approx. 5 mm / 0,5″
  • Handle: approx. 12.1 cm / 4 3/4″ Long Kray-Ex™
  • Weight: approx. 170 g / 6.4 oz
  • Incl. Tek-Lok compatible Secure-Ex® Sheath

Handle and Ergonomics of the Cold Steel 3V Master Hunter

The handle of the knife fits snugly and well in my hand. I wear gloves in size 9.5 and already the first touch shows the strength of the handle material. The Kray-Ex™ handle sticks almost in the hand. Especially now in autumn when the fingers are wet, the knife stays where it should stay.

This is nice in summer too since you might use the knife when it rains or when you work on that deer you just killed.

The tang is hidden and completely enclosed by the material. Here I see a small disadvantage if the end of the handle should serve as a hammer replacement. The transitions to the blade are clean and glued without a gap. This is especially important when hunting game or when preparing food to keep the cleaning and maintenance effort low. At the end of the handle, there is a sufficiently large hollow rivet (lanyard eye), through which a piece of paracord can easily be passed.

The Kray-Ex material is hard enough to work sensitively. Nevertheless, the shock is well absorbed during rough work. A finger guard and tapered handle make fatigue-free working possible.

The Cold Steel hunting knife does not have a finger choil. So, unfortunately, no anticipation is possible. A so-called jimping on the back of the blade is also missing. Which doesn’t bother me personally?

Making feather sticks fan out wood, using it to make fire, build a camp, or do some batoning the knife work flawlessly. Also peeling an apple is no problem. Due to the blade thickness, it is certainly not made for finer work. For such tasks, you need a thinner blade.

If you chop larger branches, you will notice that the light knife is very well grip-balanced. Here you should definitely work with a lanyard on the handle since it is not really a machete.

The Blade of the Cold Steel 3V Master Hunter

The Cold Steel hunting knife has a good sharpness out of the box. And the blade held the sharpness for quite a long time. Usually, you do not use outdoor knives to shave so you can not really compare. A friend of mine sharpened his Master Hunter to cut his hair from his arm. The CPM 3-V steel is very tough. If the knife has to be used for rough work, it does it without any problems.

The re-sharpening shows the robustness of the CPM 3V. It takes a while to get the blade sharp again. The blade has a low carbon content and will not rust easily but is not rustproof!

Due to the drop point shape, the blade has a good belly. This is an important aspect of game hunting. You will appreciate it when it comes to when gutting and cutting!

There are no sharp edges on the top of the blade, which basically speaks for proper processing. However, we found that fire steel is difficult to use. Even if you don’t want to stroke with the cutting edge over the fire steel.

Design and Appearance of the Cold Steel 3V Master Hunter

In a nutshell – this knife is not a beauty. But this is not uncommon with Cold Steel knives.

I would call it simple, clear, and plain. A bit tactical perhaps!
Well, I guess you have your own opinion about it. I personally do like the design.

Cold Steel Master Hunter Grip
Cold Steel Master Hunter Grip

Safety of the Cold Steel 3V Master Hunter

The great grip material and the finger guard make safe working with the knife possible. Sliding with your hand onto the blade is almost impossible.

The hunting knife is supplied in a plastic sheath made of Secure-Ex®. Easy to assemble from left to right so that the knife is wonderful for right- and left-handers to use. A large Cordura belt loop with press stud allows easy and one hand extraction of the knife from the sheath. The same goes for the save soring after use.

The sheath is Tek Lok™ compatible, so the mounting possibilities on trousers or backpack are really manifold.

The knife sits very tightly and securely in the sheath so that you have to use a little force when you want to pull the knife. But you can be sure that you won’t lose it easily.

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The Cold Steel 3V Master Hunter is fun. The CPM 3-V steel is robust and well-chosen for this type of knife. Personally, I would tend towards carbon steels and Scandi grinding, especially in the outdoor bushcraft sector. But with the flat grinding of Master Hunter, you are well prepared!

The Cold Steel 3V Master Hunter Knife handles all outdoor tasks with ease. The Cold Steel Master Hunter doesn’t have to hide when building a camp, making a fire, or preparing food.

I was impressed that you get so much knife for that price!

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Top 10 Best Kitchen Knife Sets 2021

Knife Block Sets

When deciding on purchasing a decent kitchen knife set you need to know a few things. Not all the kitchen knife sets available are good, actually, some are pretty bad and won’t last. A knife sharpener is really handy to have but if your favorite set comes without one do not worry.  You can get a separate one and have a complete set. I want to help you by recommending to you what I think are the best kitchen knife sets of 2021.
What I recommend to all my friends is to start out with a good knife set. And later if you really using the kitchen tools replace the knife you use often with a better one. This way you will have a perfect set over time.

Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Block Set

Chicago Cutlery 1119644 Fusion Forged 18-Piece Knife Block Set, Stainless Steel

The Chicago Cutlery Fusion forged 18 piece knife block set is one of the sleekest best kitchen knife sets around. Their full metal tang provides added strength, balance, and control for the discerning consumer who will only settle for the best kind of product. I think this set is the full package because it is designed to ensure every task is accounted for in your kitchen or for outdoor use when you want to grill different types of meats in your backyard for your family and friends. Also, the set comes with a nonslip ultra-soft textured comfortable handle that will fit in your hands like it was always meant to be there. Lastly, it has a razor edge that allows for easy and precise slicing and dicing no matter what you cut through in the kitchen for your family. If you love cooking, then this is the knife set for you because it will make you feel like a professional chef. You will also receive a limited warranty that covers defective products so your investment will be safe.

Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Knife Block Set

Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set

The Cuisinart 15 piece stainless steel hollow handle block set is one of the only stainless steel knives on the best kitchen knife sets list. It has superior high carbon stainless steel blades of the best precision and quality. They also have a strong durable bolster for perfect stability and control. If you care about cooking quick and clean meals for your family, this has got to be the set that you purchase. It has ergonomically designed stainless steel handles that provide ultimate comfort when placed in the palm of your hand. You will feel this set was literally made just for you. The knife set is easy to clean which means more quality time with your loved ones. Lastly, it comes with a lifetime warranty that covers any damages or defects your knife set may incur now or in the future making it an excellent investment for a premium product. When you look at this set, you will not believe the sticker price and every guest that comes to your home will think you bought high-ends prestigious chef knives.

Chicago Cutlery Belmont 16-Piece Block Knife Set

Chicago Cutlery Belmont 16-Piece Block Knife Set

The Chicago Cutlery Belmont 16 piece set is the Rolls Royce of best kitchen knife sets. The knives are forged to be precision sharp providing you with the best cutting experience possible. Their full metal tang provides added strength, balance, and control for the discerning consumer who will only settle for the best kind of product. I think this set is the full package because it is designed to ensure every task is accounted for in your kitchen or for outdoor use when you want to grill different types of meats in your backyard for your family and friends. Also, the set comes with a nonslip ultra-soft textured comfortable handle that will fit in your hands like it was always meant to be there. Lastly, it has a razor edge that allows for easy and precise slicing and dicing no matter what you cut through in the kitchen for your family. If you love cooking, then this is the knife set for you because it will make you feel like a professional chef. You will also receive a limited warranty that covers defective products do your investment will be safe. You will not regret this purchase and although it is a bit expensive, once you use it you will understand that you get what you pay for when it comes to the best products.

VREMI 5-Piece Peacock Knife Set

VREMI 5-Piece Peacock Knife Set - Stainless Steel Chef's Knives with Stylish Acrylic Knife Stand

The VREMI 5 piece Peacock knife set is a very strange looking but high performing kitchen knife set that will get you a lot of attention when guests visit your home. You will be able to chop like a pro with this sharp well-designed knife that is vital to creating a quick easy meal for your loved ones in the kitchen. This set will complement your countertop with its fun bright design that allows it to look good in any modern kitchen. Knives are often bulky and take up excessive amounts of drawer space. The Vremi knives will save you space and earn you plenty of compliments! Also, equipped with the five essential knives every chef needs in their repertoire, you will be well on your way to dicing and julienning with the best of them. The Chef’s knife is multi-use, suitable for a variety of tasks from mincing to crushing. Lastly, please be aware to take care of your knives properly by never leaving them wet and sharpening them at least once a month. If you do not do this, your knives will eventually rust and you will have to purchase a new set.

Chicago Steel Knife Set with Block and In-Block Sharpener

Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set with Block and In-Block Sharpener

The Chicago Cutlery 18 piece insignia steel knife set with a block is one of the only kitchen knife sets with an in-block sharpener to maintain the sharpness of your knives. I own this set and love to spend my time sharpening a pair of knives that I am extremely proud to own because of their superior quality. They are made of high carbon stainless steel that creates a stronger, harder blade resisting stains and pitting. What makes this knife set a no-brainer to purchase is their lifetime warranty that covers your knives if they are defective or broken during food preparation. A huge reason why they offer this warranty is that they are confident that their product will last a lifetime and will never cause you any problems. Lastly, its forged bolster keeps your fingers from running up on the blade. If you can afford this set and you need knives as soon as possible, do not hesitate to make the best purchase a chef can make. Your meals will taste better, look better and be very easy to prepare because of your knife’s superior sharpness.

J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio 18-Piece Block Set

J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio 18-Piece Block Set

The J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio Block Set is one of the best kitchen knife sets for newbie chefs. The knives are made of German high carbon stainless steel that never needs sharpening so you will spend less time having to maintain them. Germany is famous for its knives and this company has been in the industry for close to one hundred years so you can feel confident in the fact that they know exactly what they are doing and are passionate about their chosen craft. The knives have an ergonomic plastic direct-injected handle with soft-touch rubber coating and gripping dots. This makes them feel great when places in the palm of your hands when you are ready to prepare food for your family in your home. Also, they are easy to clean, odors don’t transfer after rinsing, never oxidize and never change the taste of your food which is great when you are cooking a variety of foods together. When you look at this set, you will not believe the sticker price and every guest that comes to your home will think you bought high-end prestigious chef knives.

Utopia Kitchen 13-Piece Block Knife Set

Utopia Kitchen 13-Piece Block Knife Set, Includes Bread Knife, Carving Knife, Paring Knife, Scissors, Utility Knife, Steak Knife, Rubberwood Knife Block

The Utopia 13 piece block knife set includes a ton of extras that many other sets just don’t provide you with. As far as the best kitchen knife sets on the market go, this set falls somewhere in the middle of that list and is very affordable. Many people are not familiar with this brand but if given a chance, you will see that this set is a hidden gem. I think this is worth the price of admission for this knife alone. Also, the knife is germ and bacteria resistant with extra blackened ceramic that is BPA free and will never rust on you. I usually never recommend paying $50 or one single knife but this one is definitely worth it. It is ultra-light and will never cause browning or leave metallic tastes in any food you decide to cook for your family in your home kitchen. Lastly, this set comes with a limited warranty that guarantees its superior quality or your knife will be replaced.

AmazonBasics Premium 18-Piece Knife Block Set

AmazonBasics Premium 18-Piece Knife Block Set

Amazon has gone all out for the Amazon Basics 14 piece knife set. Not only is it one of the nicest best kitchen knife sets on the market, but it is also very affordable for such a big set of 5-star ratings across the board. They won’t brown foods or transfer a metallic taste or smell so you will not have to worry about these types of issues other knives cause. Also, they are rustproof, stain proof, and germ resistant. This set is great for anyone looking to brighten up their kitchen with great quality knives. They are made in America so you will feel very patriotic when you make this purchase knowing you supported your countries economy. This is a huge reason why I purchased them for my cousin and she praises me for it every time I see her on family occasions. If you are on a budget, do not hesitate to make this purchase and save big money while getting a fantastic knife set with a block in return. It is ultra-light and will never cause browning or leave metallic tastes in any food you decide to cook for your family in your home kitchen. Lastly, this set comes with a limited warranty that guarantees its superior quality or your knife will be replaced.

Checkered Chef Ceramic Kitchen Knife Set

Checkered Chef Ceramic Kitchen Knife Set - 4 Knives Plus Holder/Block. Bonus Stainless Steel Scissors

The Checkered Chef ceramic kitchen knife set is a treat to have in your home. As far as the best kitchen knife sets list goes, this is definitely one of my favorites. They have extremely sharp blades for precision cutting that can slice through tomatoes with ease. Ceramic blades are impervious to acids, juices, oils, and salts leaving no metallic taste whatsoever while helping to maintain the freshness of your food. There will be no need to sharpen your knives because they will be sharp for years to come without having to maintain them. Lastly, I have always felt using these knives is a healthy and safe way to cut. The ceramic blades do not corrode or rust and resist bacteria so your loved ones don’t get sick from anything you cook in the kitchen. If you are looking for only the best ceramic knives, this is the set you need in your home when preparing and cooking meals for your family in your home. Buy this set and they will be perfect for any kitchen and you will save a lot of money because you won’t be buying those high-end sets that cost hundreds of dollars.

AmazonBasics 14-Piece Knife Set with Block

AmazonBasics 14-Piece Knife Set with Block

Amazon has gone all out for the Amazon Basics 14 piece knife set. Not only is it one of the nicest best kitchen knife sets on the market, it is also very affordable for such a big set of 5-star ratings across the board. They won’t brown foods or transfer a metallic taste or smell so you will not have to worry about these types of issues other knives cause. Also, they are rustproof, stain proof, and germ resistant. This set is great for anyone looking to brighten up their kitchen with great quality knives. They are made in America so you will feel very patriotic when you make this purchase knowing you supported your countries economy. This is a huge reason why I purchased them for my cousin and she praises me for it every time I see her on family occasions. If you are on a budget, do not hesitate to make this purchase and save big money while getting a fantastic knife set with a block in return.

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Top 10 Best Bob Kramer Knives 2021

Original Bob Kramer Knives are legendary works of art that are often priced in the $1,000’s for being unique, hand-made works of beauty and function. Even at those prices, they’re not able to be directly ordered without time on a waiting list. Most recently, to acquire these handmade originals it seems you can only buy Bob Kramer knives at auctions! Luckily, there are more options readily available from other sources and at more reasonable prices as you’ll discover below.

Every knife features:

  • Full tang tapered to Bob Kramer’s precise specifications
  • Triple-riveted for strength and control
  • Traditional 3-step hand finishing on each edge
  • 15° angle on each side for super sharpness
  • Ergonomic design for hours of comfortable use

The signature decorative center pin on each knife is still handcrafted by Bob Kramer himself. Skilled Japanese knife-makers hand finishes each knife using a traditional honbazuke honing technique. The blades are sharpened twice on whetstones with custom grits, followed by mirror polishing on a leather wheel.

The 10 Best Bob Kramer Knives

Bob Kramer 10″ Stainless Damascus Chef’s Knife

Bob KRAMER by ZWILLING

This is one of the most appealing and finest kitchenware tools I had ever in my hands. Its performance is outstanding.
Bob’s design has an extremely wide blade to maximize knuckle clearance for larger hands. This comes in handy as well when you are cutting through large produce and piles of food.
This Bob Kramer stainless steel knife features extreme sharpness and long-lasting durability. Made from Sg2 (Mc63) micro-carbide powder steel and ice-hardened to 63 Rockwell. This steel treatment technique is performed only on superior quality knives. The SG2 super steel core is protected by an exceptionally beautiful 100-layer Chevron Damascus pattern. The triple-riveted handle provides an ergonomic design for phenomenal control and balance.
IF you are serious about your Chef Knife – this is one you might consider!

Bob Kramer by Zwilling Stainless Damascus 7-Piece Block Set

KRAMER by ZWILLING 34952-003 Knife Block Set

If you can’t decide which of these incredible knives you love the most, this 7-piece Bob Kramer knife set includes 5 of the most popular Bob Kramer Knives of all time. Each knife is hand-made in Seki City, Japan, and includes a lifetime warranty.

Included in this set:

  • 3½-inch Paring Knife
  • 5-inch Utility Knife
  • 8-inch Chef’s Knife
  • 10-inch Bread Knife
  • 9-inch Slicer
  • Kramer’s double-cut Sharpening Steel
  • Dark-Walnut Knife Block.

Easily, the best “single” choice on this list!

Bob Kramer Meiji 9-inch Slicer by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

Meiji 9″ Slicer by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

The Ice-hardened FRIODURx2 blade of this Bob Kramer Meiji 9-inch Slicer offers exceptional durability, cutting edge retention, and corrosion resistance. The core of the blade is made of FC61 fine carbide stainless steel. It is protected by 100 layers of nickel and stainless steel. Bob Kramer’s distinctive etched ladder Damascus pattern provides added durability.

Bob Kramer Carbon Collection 6 Inch Chef Knife

Bob Kramer Carbon Collection 6 Inch Chef Knife

The Bob Kramer Carbon 6-Inch Chef Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels is made with 52100 carbon steel. It will discolor over time and develop a patina. If you do not like this – you must get another knife! But if you like this you will love this knife. It is a small chef knife so it is light and you can work longer with it. You can get this knife with an 8-inch and 10-inch blade as well. Whether it is for professional or amateur use, this cutting tool can upgrade your culinary experience to the next level.

Bob Kramer 7″ Stainless Damascus Santoku Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

Bob Krame Santoku Knife

The appealing and fine design of this Bob Kramer Santoku Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels is striking. Similar to the 10-inch Chef knife the Santoku design has an extremely wide blade to maximize knuckle clearance for larger hands. The Chef knife and the Santoku knife are general-purpose knives used for a variety of cutting tasks such as chopping, slicing, dicing, and mincing.
The word “Santoku” translates to the ‘three virtues’ or ‘three uses’ of chopping, dicing, and mincing. It handles all of these jobs perfectly. But you should avoid chopping large meat bones, slicing bread, and precision tasks (such as peeling).  Santoku knives are particularly good at creating very thin slices of foods. This also improves the overall aesthetics of the completed dishes.
This knife feels like an extension of your arm.

Bob Kramer 7-inch Carbon Steel Santoku by Zwilling J. A. Henckels

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The santoku knife is often claimed to be a fusion between a chef’s knife and a vegetable cleaver or Nakiri, giving you the benefits of both.
Straight carbon steel requires knowledge and care to maintain. In return, owners will be rewarded with a sharp edge that only straight carbon can deliver. This Santoku knife has a typical Bob Kramer wide blade so you have ample knuckle clearance.
It will discolor over time and develop a patina. This is completely normal.

Bob Kramer Essential Collection 8-inch Chef Knife

Bob Kramer Essential Collection 8-inch Chef Knife

The knives in the essential collection are influenced by traditional European designs. Each knife in the Essential Collection has been optimized for kitchen use. The Bob Kramer Essential Collection 8-inch Chef Knive has a wide blade for increased knuckle clearance and a rounded spine for comfort while using a pinch grip. The knife features an ergonomic triple-riveted handle for secure, easy cutting. The brushed polymer handles together with the polished bolster and full-tang construction result in a perfectly balanced knife. It is a joy to use. The edge angle is 9-12 degrees on each side.
But be careful – this is the gateway drug to Bob Kramer knives. You might want more after you get this one.

Bob Kramer 10-inch Stainless Damascus Bread Knife

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It’s a bit of an overkill but it is a really good bread knife. If you can afford it you will not regret it! It cuts to every kind of brad as a warm butter knife cut through butter. The Stainless Damascus Bread Knife is made with the same love to detail and high-quality materials as all the other Bob Kramer knives from the Damascus collection.

Bob Kramer Essential 4-inch Paring Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

Bob Kramer Essential 4-inch Paring Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

Like the other knives in the Essential line, the Bob Kramer Essential 4-Inch Paring Knife is made in the knife-making capital of Seki, Japan. The knives undergo a 100-step, 42-day manufacturing process during which they pass through the hands of 45 expert artisans. Perform all of your small cutting tasks with ease and a smile on your face!

Bob Kramer Carbon 7-Piece Block Set by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

Bob Kramer 7 Piece Carbon Block

We do like this set and the nice magnetic block it comes with. You can enjoy your knives even when you do not use them. And when you work with them you always have the right knife since there is no guesswork involved anymore when you can see the knife before you take it out of the knife block.
The blades will develop a blue-gray patina which I, many knife lovers and professional chefs really like. These quality knives are easy to care for. Just keep them clean and dry for a lifetime of unparalleled performance.

Included in this Set:

  • 3.5-inch Paring Knife
  • 5-inch Utility Knife
  • 8-inch Chef Knife
  • 10-inch Bread Knife
  • 9-inch Slicer
  • 12-inch Steel
  • Upright Magnetic Block

Never put these knives in a dishwasher! Always wash by hand and dry immediately.

About the Bladesmith:

Bob Kramer worked in professional kitchens for over 10 years, including Seattle’s Four Seasons Olympic Hotel while studying at the University of Washington. He realized during that time that many chefs in the industry were encountering the same issue with dull knives that he was experiencing. He became obsessed with solving the problem of keeping knives sharp, which lead him to attend a two-week course at the American Bladesmith Society’s school to become an apprentice knifemaker in 1992. He received the Master Bladesmith recognition in 1997. His first knife shop in Seattle, Bladesmiths, opened in 1993.

Types of Steel used for Bob Kramer Knives

Carbon Knives

The Bob Kramer carbon knives are made from 52100 carbon steel which will result in a nice patina after continuous use. The knives are heat-treated to a hardness of 61 Rockwell and feature an African blackwood handle while the bolster is made from brass.
Bob said, “The magic happens when the right steel combines with the right heat treatment. Carbon steel has an extremely fine grain structure and with a meticulous heat treatment that allows for the ultimate edge: maximum sharpness, edge retention, ease of sharpening; and thus, the best performance.
The angle of each blade is honed to 15° on each side for super sharpness.
Please only hand-wash and hand-dry these knives after each use. Since carbon does react with acid, you should wipe the blades after cutting each ingredient when you cook. When carbon steel is exposed to different elements, it will begin to naturally oxidize. This is normal and it is called a patina. Over time, this patina will act as a protective layer against rusting and discoloration.

Damascus Knives

The Damascus knives consist of 50 alternating layers of nickel and stainless steel, which is referred to as SG2 or “Super Gold 2.” The end results in a 101-layer deep-etched Chevron Damascus blade. The knives are Ice-hardened to 63 Rockwell. They feature a Linen Micarta handle which resists wearing, even after prolonged use.
The angle of each blade is honed to 15° on each side for super sharpness and most recently produced from Bob Kramer’s designs by Zwilling in Seki, Japan.

Meiji Knives

The Meiji Collection combines a Japanese-styled knife with the performance of a Western-style blade. The knives are made from FC61 fine carbide corrosion resistant steel. The thin blade profile is authentic Japanese and mirror-polished. 100 layers of etched ladder Damascus blade with a charcoal Pakkawood handle. A beautiful work of art that feels good when you hold it in your hands. And works even better!
Like the other variants of Bob Kramer knives, this series is also handcrafted in Seki, Japan

Essential Collection

The Bob Kramer Knives in the essential collection are influenced by traditional European designs. Each knife in the Essential Collection has been optimized for kitchen use. The blades are made from FC61 steel and have a 61 Rockwell hardness. Double Friodur hardening improves the microstructure of the steel for better cutting performance, corrosion resistance, and increased durability. They hold their sharp edge for a long time and are incredibly durable.

Sharpening your Bob Kramer Knives

As far as sharpening goes – if you are the lucky owner of a genuine Bob Kramer Custom Knife, you can send your knife in. 1 hour of reconditioning will set you back $375. The average time it takes to get the knife and blade back to “as good as new” is 4-8 hours.

If you have one of the Zwilling knives you will be surprised how long they stay sharp. You might hone them from time to time, but if you feel the need for sharpening you should find a good professional shop to recondition your knife.

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Top 10 Best Usuba Knives 2021

Yoshihiro Stain Resistant Steel Usuba Japanese Vegetable Knife

Yoshihiro 160mm Aoko Stain Resistant Steel Usuba Japanese Vegetable Knife, 6.5-Inch, Blue

Yoshihiro is a world-class company that sells to leading chefs all over the world. Chop vegetables like a pro with this knife. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family. This classic traditional cutting knife is made by Yoshihiro Aoko Usuba. The Japanese Vegetable Knife has a 6.5-Inch cold hammered steel blade that is very sharp and easy to use. The inner core is forged of high carbon Blue Steel #2 and is sandwiched in the traditional method of ‘Warikomi’ between two layers of stainless steel. With a hardness on the Rockwell scale of 62-63, Blue Steel #2 is prized for its ability to form extremely sharp edges and its excellent edge retention. You should hand wash the knife for best results.

Yoshihiro Lacquered Magnolia Wooden Blade Protector Saya Cover for Usuba/nakiri Vegetable Chef Knife (165mm)

Yoshihiro Lacquered Magnolia Wooden Blade Protector Saya Cover for Usuba/Nakiri Vegetable Chef Knife (165mm)

This is not a knife but the cover is so beautiful we include it in your Top 10 List! Inside dimension: 1.8″W x 0.1″H (48mm x 3mm) For Usuba / Nakiri 6.5” (165mm) Knifes or other brands that are smaller or fit this size. Yoshihiro has developed a high quality and stunningly beautiful cover for their Magnolia Wooden Blade Usuba vegetable knife. This cover made of Japanese magnolia wood is eco-friendly and does not contain harmful resins. Tree sap is used to make a nontoxic coating for the knife that will not harm the carbon blade. The cover resists stains and chips and is easy to wipe off with a washcloth. Make sure the knife is thoroughly dry before placing it back in its guard. The cover comes with a limited lifetime warranty

Wüsthof Classic Nakiri Vegetable Knife with Hollow Edge

Wüsthof Classic Nakiri Vegetable Knife with Hollow Edge

This best selling knife is very popular among chefs. Made in Germany the Wüsthof Classic Nakiri Vegetable Knife with Hollow Edge has no comparison. Laser-cut from a single piece of high-carbon no-stain steel; full tang, the Granton edged blade is angled on both sides so you can chop or slice with accuracy. The high-impact handle is riveted to the full tang for superior balance and ease of movement. The knife is thirty percent sharper than comparable Asian style blades. Hand clean for best results.

Wüsthof 7″ Gourmet Nakiri Vegetable Knife with Hollow Edge

Wüsthof Gourmet Nakiri Vegetable Knife with Hollow Edge

The Wüsthof 7-inch Nakiri knife with a Granton-edge stainless steel blade is great for slicing, chopping and dicing vegetables and greens with precision and produces fine even cuts. Will not pull or tear plants, clean crisp cut. Wüsthof’s Gourmet Nakiri knife is made in Germany from laser-cut, high carbon no-stain steel and is very durable. Used by the best chefs the world over. The synthetic polypropylene handle is riveted to hold it securely. Needs to be hand washed for best results.

Kai Wasabi Black Nakiri Knife

Kai 6716N Wasabi Black Nakiri Knife, 6-1/2-Inch

Don’t waste all your time in the kitchen preparing dinner. This Kai Wasabi Black Nakiri Knife is quintessential of traditional, classic Japanese chopping knives. Ment to chop vegetables quickly and efficiently. The blade is made from Daido 1K6 high-carbon, stainless steel for superior edge retention. The Japanese symbol for wasabi is on the six-inch blade. Synthetic polypropylene handle for balance and durability that has been treated with antimicrobial agents for a clean sanitary kitchen.

Shun Edo 6-1/2-Inch Single Bevel Usuba Knife

Shun Edo BB1513 6-1/2-Inch Single Bevel Usuba Knife

Shun knives are the alpha and the omega of the knife world. Cooking with them is a pleasure. This Shun Edo BB1513 is a 6-1/2-Inch Single Bevel Usuba Knife. Usuba knives are used for chopping and dicing. This knife will make quick work of your vegetables without tearing the skin. The blade is precision forged from one piece of steel so that it is both durable and well balanced. Shun Edo knives are given the ancient name of Tokyo which was Edo. They are NSF certified for use in commercial kitchens.

ZHEN Japanese Usuba/Nakiri Hollow Ground Knife/Cleaver

ZHEN Japanese 67-Layer Damascus VG-10 Vegetable Usuba/Nakiri Hollow Ground Knife/Cleaver, 7-Inch

Japanese cooking has become very popular throughout the United States. What better way to get started with Japanese cooking than to have high-quality Japanese knives. This ZHEN Japanese vegetable cleaver is made from 67-Layer Damascus stainless steel from Japan. The very strong 7-Inch blade weighs less than half a pound and is light and well balanced. The handle is made from Pakkawood and is both comfortable and easy to handle. The knife is designed to cut vegetable, fruits and meats only, not bones.

Shun Pro 6-1/2-Inch Usuba Knife

Shun Pro 6-1/2-Inch Usuba Knife

The Shun Pro 6-1/2-Inch Usuba Knife is in a class by itself. The Graffiti-etched blade is made of pure high-carbon VG10 steel that is durable and stays sharp. The D shaped Pakkawood handle is beautiful to look at but also very functional allowing a firm grip. Total length is 12 inches. This knife is from Shuns Premier Line and is of high quality. Trusted by chefs. Dishwasher safe but hand wash for best results. Take this knife home to your kitchen.

Japanese Vegetable Chefs Knife 6 inch 1st Edition

Yoshihiro VG10 16 Layers Hammered Damascus Nakiri Japanese Vegetable Chefs Knife 6 inch 1st Edition

16 Layers of hammered Damascus blue steel make this knife one of the strongest and sharpest knives on the market. The Yoshihiro VG10 16 Nakiri style Japanese 1st Edition knife is superb at slicing and chopping vegetables. This knife will reduce your prep time and make cooking a thrill. The smooth wooden Mahogany handle has a full tang and is perfectly balanced. This knife is 100% handcrafted by artisan workers in Japan to make a functional work of art. Yoshihiro is the standard in Japanese cutlery and stands behind their work 100%

Shun Premier Nakiri Knife

Shun TDM0742 Premier Nakiri Knife, 5.5-Inch

The Shun TDM0742 Premier Nakiri Knife is only 5.5 inches long but packs a lot in a compact body. In Japan, the Nakiri knife is the quintessential essence of the kitchen – used for chopping and slicing vegetables. The blade features hand-hammered steel that reduces drag while cutting so has less food sticking to the blade. The Pakkawood wooden handle is comfortable to hold and nestles nicely into your palm. This knife will last a long time with careful handwashing. Limited lifetime warranty.

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