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Amesser A-65 vs Kitchellence 3-Stage Manual Sharpener Side-by-Side Comparison

We tested how the Amesser A-65 performed against the Kitchellence 3-stage sharpener. Here are our results and analysis.

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Amesser A-65

Kitchellence 3-Stage

Amesser A-65 vs Kitchellence 3-Stage Manual Sharpener: How the Twins Measure Up

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 15%Design 35%Ease of Use Amesser A-65Kitchellence 3-Stage7.76.39.39.18.06.99.29.1
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Without the brand names printed on the products, we wouldn’t be able to tell the Amesser A-65 and the Kitchellence 3-stage sharpener apart. In fact, they received equal ratings for design and ease of use. The Kitchellence, however, stood out when it came to actual performance.

Both sharpeners are made with quality materials and boast a robust build with a weighted, though tapered, base and ergonomic grip. They have identical slots in their working sections, with substantial sharpening rods. 

It’s not surprising that the two took roughly the same amount of time to sharpen a knife and achieved the same level of keenness in our maximum sharpness test. The Amesser seemed more aggressive to the knife’s edge, though: It removed a lot more material and also left a much rougher edge compared to the Kitchellence, hence the lower performance rating.

It might have been a matter of individual products but as far as our testing went, the Kitchellence proved to be the better of the two.

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Instinctive and easy to use
  • Well-built with a solid design
  • Grippy and comfortable handle
  • Safety glove included
  • Easy to use, intuitive design
  • Soft, comfortable finish
  • Extra weight near the base for stability
  • Affordable price
  • Included glove for added safety
  • Tapered base
  • High center of gravity
  • Tapered base 
  • Awkward base pad

Key Specs

Stages
3
3
Scissor sharpene
No
No
Abrasives
Diamond, tungsten carbide, ceramic
diamond, tungsten carbide, ceramic
Grit size
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Dimensions
L7.9 x W1.9 x H2.9 inches
L8.1 x W1.8 x H3.0 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$16.60
$22.80

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.3
6.9

Sharpening Time to Cut a Lemon

5.2
4.8
Sharpening Time
2 minutes
2m 05s
Cutting Feel
Swift and smooth
Swift and smooth

Material Retention

6.0
9.0
Metal residue on an abrasive slot on the Amesser handheld knife sharpener
Metal residue on an abrasive slot on the Amesser handheld knife sharpener
A bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the base of the Amesser A-65 manual knife sharpener
Medal residue on two abrasive slots on the Kitchellence knife sharpener
Medal residue on two abrasive slots on the Kitchellence knife sharpener
A bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the base of the Kitchellence sharpener
Sharpening Time
1 minute
1 minute
Target Sharpness

Maximum Sharpness Achieved

7.0
7.0
Sharpening Time
6 minutes
6 minutes
Sharpness Level
8 - (Chicken breast, two swipes)
8

Edge Smoothness

7.7
7.7
Close up view in vignette of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the Amesser A-65 knife sharpener
Close up view in vignette of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the Kitchellence 3-stage knife sharpener

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.3
9.2

In the Box

The Amesser sharpener next to its package box, a glove, and promotional leaflets
The Kitchellence knife sharpener, its package box, instruction manual, and included safety glove

Dimensions

The Amesser handheld sharpener with arrows and figures showing its dimensions
The Kitchellence knife sharpener and arrows and figures showing its dimensions
Length
7.9" (20.1 cm)
8.1" (20.6 cm)
Width
1.9" (4.8 cm)
1.8" (4.6 cm)
Height
2.9" (7.4 cm)
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Weight
6.4 oz (183 g)
6.4 oz (181 g)

Build Quality

9.2
9.3
The Amesser’s working section, with the abrasives detached from the base
The Amesser’s working section, with the abrasives detached from the base
The base of the Amesser, when the working section has been detached
The Amesser A-65’s abrasive section as detached from the base
The base and separated working section of the Kitchellence, and a glove, all on a cutting board

Working Section

The working section of the Amesser A-65 with 3 abrasive slots: Prep, Sharpen, and Fine
The working section of the Kitchellence with 3 abrasive slots on a frame and part of its handle and base
Levels of Sharpening
Prepare, Sharpen, Polish
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Abrasive
Diamond-coated rods, tungsten steel blades, ceramic rods
Diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
Mechanism
Pull-through
Pull-through
Sharpening Angle
20°
20 degrees

Base

The Amesser A-65 knife sharpener lying on a surface, with its base visible
The Amesser A-65 knife sharpener lying on a surface, with its base visible
Close-up view of the Amesser sharpener’s base pad
The Amesser A-65 manual sharpener on a salt-sprinkled surface, its base in full view
The Kitchellence 3-stage sharpener lying upside down, its base and base pads in full view
Material
ABS plastic
ABS plastic
Feet Type
Non-slip rubber base
non-slip rubber base

Grip

9.5
9.0
The grip of the Amesser sharpener
The grip of the Amesser sharpener
A hand gripping on the Amesser A-65 manual sharpener
The grip of the Kitchellence sharpener and part of its base and abrasives.
Material
ABS plastic
ABS plastic

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.1
9.1

Slot Arrangement

10
10
The working section on the Amesser A-65, with 3 slots featuring diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
The working section on the Kitchellence, with 3 slots featuring diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods

Insertion

9.0
9.0
Amesser A-65 Manual Knife Sharpener Insertion 1
Amesser A-65 Manual Knife Sharpener Insertion 1
Top view of a knife being sharpened with the Amesser A-65, the sharpener being held in one hand
Top view of two hands sharpening a knife with the Kitchellence on cutting board, lemon and tomato slices in background

Pulling Through

9.5
9.5
A hand holding the Amesser knife sharpener and sharpening a kitchen knife with it

Stability on a Clean Surface

9.0
9.0
Top view of a knife being sharpened with the Amesser 3-slot knife sharpener, with the user’s two hands visible
a person wearing a glove in one hand sharpening a kitchen knife with the Kitchellence on a countertopa person wearing a glove in one hand sharpening a kitchen knife with the Kitchellence on a countertop

Stability on a Wet and Dirty Surface

7.5
7.5
Two hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Amesser 3-slot knife sharpener on a salt-sprinkled countertop
a person wearing a glove in one hand sharpening a kitchen knife with the Kitchellence on a salt-sprinkled countertop

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