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Cubikook vs Kitchellence 3-Stage Sharpener Side-by-Side Comparison

We tested to find the better tool between the Cubikook CS-T01 and the Kitchellence manual sharpener. Here’s the result.

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Cubikook CS-T01

Kitchellence 3-Stage

Cubikook vs Kitchellence 3-Stage Sharpener

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 15%Design 35%Ease of Use Cubikook CS-T01Kitchellence 3-Stage8.68.08.59.48.06.99.29.1
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The Cubikook CS-T01 and the Kitchellence sharpener both enjoy high scores in our rating table. 

The Cubikook has an effective design, with a full, wide base and a low working section. It’s as easy to work with and accident-proof as a pull-through sharpener can be. It has a flaky label, which can be annoying but not detrimental.

The Kitchellence, meanwhile, enjoys stronger, more substantial sharpening rods. Its tapered base is balanced off with a heavy weight, so stability, while inferior to the Cubikook, isn’t a big issue.  

Surprisingly, the Kitchellence’s better-looking abrasives didn’t seem to give it remarkable advantages against the Cubikook, performance-wise. In fact, apart from material retention, where it fared only slightly better than the Cubikook, it was inferior in all performance parameters. The Cubikook was faster, achieved a higher sharpness level, and produced a smoother edge.

Between the two, we’d go with the Cubikook for its higher level of effectiveness.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent stability 
  • Affordable price
  • Consistent sharpness
  • Solid and sturdy construction
  • Easy to use, intuitive design
  • Soft, comfortable finish
  • Extra weight near the base for stability
  • Affordable price
  • Included glove for added safety
  • Small ceramic rods
  • Flaky brand label
  • Tapered base 
  • Awkward base pad

Key Specs

Stages
3
3
Scissor sharpener
No
No
Abrasives
diamond, tungsten carbide, ceramic
diamond, tungsten carbide, ceramic
Grit size
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Dimensions
L8.4 x W1.9 x H2.3 inches
L8.1 x W1.8 x H3.0 inches
Suitable for
Quick, casual sharpening on a low budget

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$17.50
$22.80

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.0
6.9

Sharpening Time to Cut a Lemon

7.6
4.8
Sharpening Time
1 minutes 30 seconds
2m 05s
Cutting Feel
Swift and smooth
Swift and smooth

Material Retention

8.0
9.0
Medal residue on the three abrasive slots on the Cubikook knife sharpener
Medal residue on the three abrasive slots on the Cubikook knife sharpener
A bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the Cubikook 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

8.0
7.0
Sharpening Time
6 minutes
6 minutes
Sharpness Level
8 (Chicken breast with skin, 1 swipe)
8

Edge Smoothness

8.7
7.7
Close up view in vignette of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the Cubikook Chef' 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
8.5
9.2

In the Box

The Cubikook 3-stage knife sharpener next to its package box
The Kitchellence knife sharpener, its package box, instruction manual, and included safety glove

Dimensions

The Cubikook CS-T01 3-stage handheld sharpener with arrows and figures showing its dimensions
The Kitchellence knife sharpener and arrows and figures showing its dimensions
Length
8.4" (21.3 cm)
8.1" (20.6 cm)
Width
1.9" (4.8 cm)
1.8" (4.6 cm)
Height
2.3" (5.8 cm)
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Weight
7.9 oz (225 g)
6.4 oz (181 g)

Build Quality

8.8
9.3
The abrasives and part of the handle of the Cubikook CS-T01
The base and separated working section of the Kitchellence, and a glove, all on a cutting board

Working Section

The working section of the Cubikook with 3 abrasive slots on a frame and part of its base
The working section of the Kitchellence with 3 abrasive slots on a frame and part of its handle and base
Levels of Sharpening
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Abrasive
Diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
Diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
Mechanism
Pull through
Pull-through
Sharpening Angle
20 degrees
20 degrees

Base

The Cubikook lying on a tabletop, its base and base pads in full view
The Cubikook lying on a tabletop, its base and base pads in full view
Cubikook Sharpener Base
The Kitchellence 3-stage sharpener lying upside down, its base and base pads in full view
Material
ABS plastic
ABS plastic
Feet Type
silicone base
non-slip rubber base

Grip

7.5
9.0
The grip of the Cubikook kitchen knife sharpener
The grip of the Kitchellence sharpener and part of its base and abrasives.
Material
ABS
ABS plastic

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.4
9.1

Slot Arrangement

10
10
The working section on the Cubikook, 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

9.5
9.0
Top view of a knife being sharpened with the Cubikook, 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

9.0
9.5
Cubikook Pulling Through
Cubikook Knife Sharpener Pulling Through

Stability on a Clean Surface

9.5
9.0
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Cubikook sharpener on a countertop
The Cubikook has a low height and a wide base which helps minimize the risks of flipping during sharpening.
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

8.0
7.5
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Cubikook 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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