this looks bent to me. I'd return as wellSO, after recovering from chrostmas I got a chance to take a few pictures of the slight bend. Turns out that taking informative pictures of the knife without focus stacking is harder than I thought. I might try to take some more one of these days if needed for the diagnosis.
This pis kinda shows the problem. More pics here (though largely identical) :
Sad to say but it looks like you got a dud. You should definitely return it. Where did you order it from?Just received my 8 ZK in 52100. Im stoked for it but its a little thicker than I was expecting. I would appreciate some input from other members as to how this compares to their ZK knives. I am also comparing my measurements to those from JohnnyChance on page 9 and 10 of this thread.
Thanks for the input, this one's headed back to SLT.
Also the choil shot may have been a little deceptive, the knife is only that thick at the heel. It's almost like they ground most of the knife and stopped before the last 1/2". That said, the rest of the knife needs a bit more grinding in my opinion.
I was really looking forward to trying out this knife both for its design and as I have never worked with 52100. Hopefully the next one looks better.
Absolutely. I didn't mean to imply that it's only good for rocking, I used to primarily chop with mine, but if you're not going to be rocking there are other knives which are most likely better suited for your needs.You can still effectively push cut with a Zwilling Kramer. I agree that the tip is higher than most knives people here are used to, and that requires some adjustment when doing tip work, and some may not like it, but I don't agree that it has as much belly that Shun and German knives do that make it only good for rock chopping.
There have been quite a few threads recently about these which may give a better perspective, so a search would probably help, the on-site search isn't the best, so try this:Thanks!
I was just wondering, if you read though this thread, there are a lot of people who are very excited about this knife and if, after all this time, they are still happy with this knife. Some long time experiences...
No problem, glad you found it helpful. I did oil it with mineral oil/bees wax from the get go but to no avail. I was told by a handle maker that the Blackwood probably wasn't dried/seasoned well which resulted in the problems. After doing some reading Arizona ironwood, African Blackwood, and ringed gidgee don't really stabilize well (apparently doesn't penetrate beyond the surface, which gets sanded when shaping); probably others but these three came up often.Thank you, very interesting post!
Do you think by oiling it, you could have prevented the handle shrinking?
May I also ask for what kind of tasks do you mostly use this knife and what kind of cutting (rocking, push, pull etc)?
When you get the handle redone, you will keep the original shape of the handle?
May I also ask how you polished out those vertical grind marks?
Well as you might see now, it was probably premature that you assumed that. Another thing to note is that the forum seems quite a bit quieter on the weekend, and a couple days isn't a long time to get opinions on a knife that has a bit of a niche ownership. I think Zwilling Kramers are good knives, have a 10" ZK Essential and an 8" ZK Meiji myself.Thank you so much for your detailed posts!
It seems that overall this knife doesn't seem to get a lot of love on this forum anymore.