Meet Bob Kramer: Master Bladesmith

Submitted by: CrakrJak 6 years ago Tech

See how those $3000 chef"s knives are expertly made.
There are 64 comments:
Male 1,598
That is a bad ass job. Make 5 knifes a week and get over 10 g`s?! hell ya!
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Male 134
CUTCO KNIVES FOR EVER!! W00T!!!1!!
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Male 41
thats sweet
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Male 15,832
Actually, he wasn`t all THAT clumsy; he was just a LITTLE bit clumsy which, coupled with a very sharp knife, translates to a few stitches. Had he been VERY clumsy, he might have lopped off an appendage.

I used to keep my kitchen knives sharper than I do know. I changed that after my grandmother came for a visit and cut herself pretty badly while helping out in the kitchen. It didn`t require stitches, but it made me reconsider the wisdom of keeping "weapons grade" cutlery.
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Male 17,512
OldOllie: If he was that clumsy with a knife, How`d he ever get to carry a gun ? just kidding :-)
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Male 15,832
[quote]A razor-sharp knife coupled with good cutting technique is, by far, the safest scenario... That applies to meat-cutting or tree-cutting.[/quote]
Yes, professional meat cutters use razor sharp knives. They also wear cut-resistant gloves.

[quote]OldOllie: I have to agree with popcap, It`s the dull knives that are really dangerous.[/quote]
I never said a kitchen knife should be dull; only that it shouldn`t be so sharp that it severs tendons with the slightest touch.

I`ll always remember the night when I was fixing supper at the lodge. The guy helping me was a cop. I asked him to cut up the meat for the stew, and he complained that the knife was too dull. Actually, it was fine, but I told him where to find the sharpening stone. He worked on it for about 10 minutes, and 5 minutes after that, we were off to the emergency room for stitches. No permanent damage, but if he`d left the knife alone, he could have gotten by with a Band-Aid.
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Male 25,416
wow!
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Male 9,306
"I wonder if they can make this: *sharkblade*"

Yeah but the commission would cost you a second mortgage AND five years waiting period. XD
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Male 10,440
[quote] Hey, he has to make a living too, and if he has to spend so much time on a single blade, the man should be able to charge whatever he wants. [/quote]

Something tells me he has more than enough to live on.
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Male 10,440
That is some fine high strength steel.
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Male 8
wow those things are durable !
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Male 3,619
he must make my own version of frostmourne.... and armor....
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Male 15,510
I wonder if they can make this:

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Male 54
Don`t try to do a circumcision with his knives. You might take off a leg!
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Male 250
pretty good i wanna become a master baldesmith yaay
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Male 212
If ever the world loses all of its technology due to disaster, and war ensues, I`m going straight to this guy.
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Male 63
WANT!
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Male 1,226
A friend of mine has one of his damascus customs. Damn I wish I had the money...I`ve held a few of his knives though and he`s really good.
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Female 7,838
I , want, one!! And I am of the school that those are the safest knives to have in a kitchen. A tool that functions superbly well is always safer. You don`t have to put pressure on it and risk it skidding off. In a commercial kitchen most cooks carry their own knives about with them- they know the feel and sharpness of each one. Mine are mostly soft carbon steel- it loses its edge fast but comes up to a razor edge with a few strokes of the steel. But those- ooooh- yummy!!
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Female 833
if I ever win the lottery, I`m having a set damnit.
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Female 1,070
Wow.

This guy is amaazzzinnng.

I want one of those knives!! D:
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Female 471
Good point, CrakrJak. :)
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Male 988
HOLY poo! Those knives were sharp! This guy seems to be pretty cool on multiple levels :)
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Male 17,512
OldOllie: I have to agree with popcap, It`s the dull knives that are really dangerous. The more force that is required to cut, The bigger chance that the knife slips out of hand. Sharp knives are safer knives.
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Male 729
OldOllie:

A razor-sharp knife coupled with good cutting technique is, by far, the safest scenario. When a blade remains reliable in its tactile feedback, the cutter retains the best control. That applies to meat-cutting or tree-cutting. No matter.

Also, I have had the fortune to meet and speak with a gentleman by the name of James Williams who, by virtue of his lifestyle and discipline, is a very capable instructor of self-defense techniques. His flashlight/ink pen combo defense tactics are horror enough to make me believe that his knife techniques might not be lame compared to a gun. Very cool guy to meet. It`s rare that I meet people with 100% confidence. Mr. Williams is one of the few.
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Male 894
well said OldOllie. the world will benefit from your wisdom. besides, i just dont have that kind of money to spend on a kitchen knife anyway. and i would probably just end up taking off the handle and making some kind of weapon :-D
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Male 729
I have the privilege of having in my possession a couple handmade customs from a former Guild president. There is nothing like steel formed by an expert of 50+ years of knifemaking. One of the knives is truly legendary in that it was only made for promotional modeling. I am not a person of possessions, but this knife is an artifact to hand down to my daughter.
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Male 15,832
No way in HELL would I have one of those knives in my kitchen. I don`t believe a minor slip should result in a trip to the emergency room with a tourniquet on your arm and a severed finger packed in a cup of ice. A kitchen knife should be just barely sharp enough to shave you. Any sharper and it`s just mayhem waiting to happen.

Now, a bladed weapon, on the other hand, is another matter entirely - the sharper the better. Of course, even the best blade is lame compared to even a crappy gun, but if that`s all you have, at least it ought to be sharp, stay sharp, and not break.

BTW, if any of you want to try knife making, used power hacksaw blades make really great knives. If you have a machine shop nearby, see if they have any. Some places just throw them out when they get dull, so the might save them for you if you ask.
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Male 1,598
That is a bad ass job. Make 5 knifes a week and get over 10 g`s?! hell ya!
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Male 147
Look up NOVA`s episode: Secret of the Samurai sword. This man sure is a master of his craft but the Japanese have taken blade crafting to an ethereal level almost 2000 years ago. I think one can see the episode on hulu.com
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Male 214
dam, he must heave trained with the dwarves!
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Male 1,256
I love me some CBS Sunday Morning.
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Male 3,482
"Why so much for an inch?! Good lord..."

I`m assuming it has to do with the cost of the high-quality metal combined with the amount of time he spends making it.

Hey, he has to make a living too, and if he has to spend so much time on a single blade, the man should be able to charge whatever he wants.

That aside...

I WANT ONE!!!!! Especially one of those patterned ones, they`re beautiful.

The water bottle cutting was just awesome, lol.

Dammit, now I wanna be a swordsmith... It looks like one HELL of a task, though...
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Male 17,512
I really submitted this because of his personally story. Yes, the blade making is fascinating, But so is his journey into finding the job he loves.
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Male 422
So what??? Rambo made this out of his boat prop.

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Male 3,255
@dragonshadoz

Because that`s how much he charges? Don`t like it, don`t buy it.
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Male 363
Thats cool. Bladesmith makes it sound badass.
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Male 1,403
...That was so awesome.
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Female 247
I want to be a bladesmith when I grow up!!
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Female 9
This was a great post! More like it, please!!
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Female 4,028
Why so much for an inch?! Good lord...
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Male 3,431
Good Post! Moar please!
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Male 24
I love CBS News Sunday Morning!
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Male 715
If the knives are only $300, then I might consider getting one....ONE! lol
The pattern that comes through the acid wash is really striking. That and the fact that I`m tired of junk knives. If you`re gonna buy one, might as well get a kick-ass one.
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Male 227
I loved this post, we need more like it!
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Male 1,765
At 3 hundred bucks an inch a sword would be pretty expensive. Even a small one would cost about 7,5 grand.
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Male 712
clwnz took the words right outta my keyboard
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Male 352
Holy crap, 300 dollars an inch? That means that when Sephiroth bought his 8 foot rapier from this guy, he paid 28,800 for it!

So cool. I want two of them so I can Dual-wield :D
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Male 2,056
i`d buy a sword from him

i should ask for one if i get rich
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Male 101
he should make swords. id buy one.
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Male 112
That mechanical hammer had, I think, at least three sexual innuendos going on at once.
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Male 2,440
The American Bladesmith Society? Kick-ass!
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Male 252
@msieg007 agreed had to go back and watch it in action, so mesmerizing
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Male 230
i didnt like the handles much :P
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Male 15,510
You shouldnt show that kind of info in a website so full of potential homicides
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Male 2,034
That mechanical hammer was INTENSE.
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Male 4,807
Being a knife collector and someone who uses knives professionally.
This was really really cool to watch.
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Male 1,361
That is one helluva Manly job
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Male 497
now i wana make swords
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Male 294
i`ve always wanted to learn bladesmithing, but there is practically no where to learn.
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Male 12,365
It puts the ludicrous price into perspective. It`s a silly amount for a knife, but not so silly for 15 hours work by a master artisan with a very rare skill. The raw materials aren`t cheap either and I wouldn`t like to be paying the power bills for a foundry.

Although I was expecting him to be using a manual hammer, like a medieval smith. A powered one makes more sense but seems a little like cheating :)

Is this actually Damascus steel? I vaguely recall that there`s a difference between pattern welded steel (which this is) and Damascus steel. Or maybe that no-one knows any more what Damascus steel was.
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Male 600
i have a friend who bought one of these
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Male 372
Pretty cool actually. I`ll stick with my $6 ikea knives though i think.
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Male 17,512
Link: Meet Bob Kramer: Master Bladesmith [Rate Link] - See how those $3000 chef`s knives are expertly made.
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