Many nice things can be ordered online. Other nice things, like cars, usually have to be bought in person. Some even nicer things, like fine art, can only be bought at auction. Knives can be bought anywhere along this spectrum, but not Kramer knives.
‘Off the shelf’ Kramer kitchen knives will already cost hundreds of dollars a set, but fully custom Kramers can cost $500 per inch. And there’s no cash-and-carry for these beauties. Oh, and don’t bother to call them, because first you have to sign up at the Kramer website. Kramer is swamped with orders and instead of a ‘first come, first served’ system, Kramer chooses their lucky new customers by lot.
Only when that lucky call comes, do you get to personally spec out your completely-custom chef’s knife. Steel, construction, pattern, bolsters, handle, length, handedness; everything is custom on a Kramer custom. And you’d best leave plenty of room on your Amex card, because Kramer doesn’t take Paypal, and this level of edged artwork will set you back as much as $500 per inch. That’s almost E10 per millimeter, for our European readers.
And that is no doubt some serious coin, but as Jeremy Clarkson said “Anything you purchase by the gram is going to me much more fun than anything you purchase by the pound.”