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Cubikook CS-T01 3-Stage vs. Zwilling 4-Stage Manual Sharpener Side-by-Side Comparison

Cubikook CS-T01 3-stage vs. Zwilling 4-stage manual sharpener. Our tests proved the former to be the better choice.

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Cubikook CS-T01

Zwilling Henckels

Cubikook CS-T01 3-Stage vs. Zwilling 4-Stage Manual Sharpener: A Surprising Win

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 15%Design 35%Ease of Use Cubikook CS-T01Zwilling Henckels8.68.08.59.46.34.77.58.2
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The Cubikook CS-T01 3-stage may not have the same fancy features that the Zwilling 4-stage sharpener offers, but that didn’t stop it from outperforming the latter in our tests.

The Cubikook CS-T01 sports a function-oriented design, with a sturdy body, a wide base, and a low center of gravity. This helps it maintain great stability during sharpening. Its abrasives, although looking rather modest in size, did a great job sharpening the knife and left a sharp, smooth, and even edge.

The Zwilling sharpener accommodates both Asian and standard knives and boasts that it can  put an edge on your knife after “a few strokes”. However, its performance didn’t quite match up with what we expected from a Zwilling product. It took a long time to sharpen,  shaved off a considerable amount of knife material, and couldn’t achieve the same level of sharpness the Cubikook offered.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent stability 
  • Affordable price
  • Consistent sharpness
  • Solid and sturdy construction
  • Substantial weight
  • Sharpens both Asian and standard knives
  • Strong build, high-quality body material
  • Slot cover 
  • Beautiful design
  • Small ceramic rods
  • Flaky brand label
  • Brittle sharpening blades 
  • Anti-slip pad doesn’t fully cover the base
  • Awkward grip

Key Specs

Stages
3
2
Scissor sharpener
No
No
Abrasives
diamond, tungsten carbide, ceramic
Ceramic discs
Grit size
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Coarse, Fine
Dimensions
L8.4 x W1.9 x H2.3 inches
L9.3 x W1.7 x H3.1 inches
Suitable for
Quick, casual sharpening on a low budget

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$17.50
$29.53

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.0
4.7

Sharpening Time to Cut a Lemon

7.6
1.0
Sharpening Time
1 minutes 30 seconds
3 minutes
Cutting Feel
Swift and smooth
Slightly forced

Material Retention

8.0
6.0
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 dust on an abrasive slot on the Zwilling knife sharpener
Medal dust on an abrasive slot on the Zwilling knife sharpener
A bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the Zwilling sharpener
Sharpening Time
1 minute
1 minute

Maximum Sharpness Achieved

8.0
7.0
ZWILLING Maximum Sharpness Achieved video
ZWILLING Maximum Sharpness Achieved video 1
Sharpening Time
6 minutes
6 minutes
Sharpness Level
8 (Chicken breast with skin, 1 swipe)
8 - (Chicken breast with skin, 2 swipes)

Edge Smoothness

8.7
7.3
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 Zwilling

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.5
7.5

In the Box

The Cubikook 3-stage knife sharpener next to its package box
The Zwilling Henckels knife sharpener in between its clear plastic case and instruction manual

Dimensions

The Cubikook CS-T01 3-stage handheld sharpener with arrows and figures showing its dimensions
The Zwilling handheld sharpener with arrows and figures showing its dimensions
Length
8.4" (21.3 cm)
9.3" (23.6 cm)
Width
1.9" (4.8 cm)
1.7" (4.3 cm)
Height
2.3" (5.8 cm)
3.1" (7.9 cm)
Weight
7.9 oz (225 g)
11.2 oz (318 g)

Build Quality

8.8
7.8
The abrasives and part of the handle of the Cubikook CS-T01
The Zwilling Henckels 4-stage knife sharpener standing on a surface

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 Zwilling with 4 abrasive slots on a frame and its clear cover
Levels of Sharpening
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Sharpen, Polish
Abrasive
Diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
Ceramic blades
Mechanism
Pull through
Pull through
Sharpening Angle
20 degrees
15 degrees, 10 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 Zwilling sharpener lying on a surface with its base in full view
The Zwilling sharpener lying on a surface with its base in full view
The Zwilling sharpener’s base and base pad
Material
ABS plastic
Plastic
Feet Type
silicone base
EVA pad

Grip

7.5
6.5
The grip of the Cubikook kitchen knife sharpener
The grip of the Zwilling 4-stage knife sharpener
The grip of the Zwilling 4-stage knife sharpener
A hand holding the Zwilling knife sharpener and a hand resting on the table
Material
ABS
ABS, EVA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.4
8.2

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 Zwilling sharpener, with 4 slots featuring Coarse and Fine gits for standard and Asian knives

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 a knife being sharpened with the Zwilling pro 4 stage sharpener, the sharpener being held in one hand

Pulling Through

9.0
7.5
Cubikook Pulling Through
Cubikook Knife Sharpener Pulling Through
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Zwilling Henckels 4 stage knife sharpener

Stability on a Clean Surface

9.5
7.5
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.
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Zwilling knife sharpener on a countertop

Stability on a Wet and Dirty Surface

8.0
6.0
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Cubikook on a salt-sprinkled countertop
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Zwilling 4-stage sharpener on a salt-sprinkled countertop

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