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Gorilla Grip vs Kitchellence 3-Stage Side-by-Side Comparison

Our testing revealed that the Gorilla Grip and the Kitchellence 3-stage sharpened differently. Here’s how they stack up in our comparison.

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Gorilla Grip

Kitchellence 3-Stage

Gorilla Grip vs Kitchellence 3-Stage: Speed vs. Well-Roundedness

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 15%Design 35%Ease of Use Kitchellence 3-StageGorilla Grip8.06.99.29.17.66.58.88.6
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The Gorilla Grip and the Kitchellence bear great resemblances to each other but the latter did slightly better in our performance and ease of use tests.

You can’t really tell the difference between the two simply by looking, or even when holding them in your hand. They have technically the same body, the same soft, matte finish, and their working sections look identical. However, the Gorilla Grip’s uneven and ill-fitted base pad put it at a disadvantage when it came to build quality and balance. 

Although having similar slots and layout, the Gorilla Grip outsped the Kitchellence by 30 seconds in our Sharpening Time test. It also got the test knife further up the sharpness scale. Unfortunately, this was achieved at the expense of the knife edge: The Gorilla Grip took away thick pieces of swarf and left a wavy edge. The Kitchellence, on the other hand, only removed what was necessary. 

All things considered, the Kitchellence is the more well-rounded one.

Pros & Cons

  • Substantial sharpening rods
  • Solid construction
  • Intuitive order of sharpening slots
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Easy to use, intuitive design
  • Soft, comfortable finish
  • Extra weight near the base for stability
  • Affordable price
  • Included glove for added safety
  • Tapered and bumpy base
  • Poorly fitted rubber feet
  • 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
L7.9 x W1.9 x H3.0 inches
L8.1 x W1.8 x H3.0 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$9.43
$22.80

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.5
6.9

Sharpening Time to Cut a Lemon

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

Material Retention

5.0
9.0
Metal residue on an abrasive slot on the Gorilla Grip knife sharpener
Metal residue on an abrasive slot on the Gorilla Grip knife sharpener
A bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the base of the Gorilla Grip 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

5.0
7.7
Close up view in vignette of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the Gorilla Grip
Close up view in vignette of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the Kitchellence 3-stage knife sharpener

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.8
9.2

In the Box

The Gorilla Grip sharpener on top of its package box with the instruction manual on the left side
The Kitchellence knife sharpener, its package box, instruction manual, and included safety glove

Dimensions

The Gorilla Grip 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
3.0" (7.6 cm)
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Weight
6.6 oz (187 g)
6.4 oz (181 g)

Build Quality

8.5
9.3
The Gorilla Grip sharpener lying on a surface, with its base visible
The base and separated working section of the Kitchellence, and a glove, all on a cutting board

Working Section

The working section of the Gorilla Grip with 3 abrasive slots on a frame and part of its handle and base
The working section of the Gorilla Grip with 3 abrasive slots on a frame and part of its handle and base
The Gorilla Grip’s diamond-coated rod abrasives
The Gorilla Grip’s tungsten blade abrasives
The Gorilla Grip’s ceramic rod abrasives
The working section of the Kitchellence with 3 abrasive slots on a frame and part of its handle and base
Levels of Sharpening
Prep, Sharpen, Polish
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 Gorilla Grip’s base and base pad
The Gorilla Grip’s base and base pad
The Gorilla Grip’s base and base pad at the handle
The Kitchellence 3-stage sharpener lying upside down, its base and base pads in full view
Material
rubber
ABS plastic
Feet Type
non-slip pad
non-slip rubber base

Grip

9.5
9.0
The Gorilla Grip sharpener standing on a surface
The grip of the Kitchellence sharpener and part of its base and abrasives.
Material
Thermoplastic rubber
ABS plastic

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.6
9.1

Slot Arrangement

10
10
The working section on the Gorilla Grip, 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
Top view of a knife being sharpened with the Gorilla Grip, 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

8.5
9.5
Two hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Gorilla Grip sharpener

Stability on a Clean Surface

8.0
9.0
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Gorilla Grip sharpener on a countertop
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

7.0
7.5
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Gorilla Grip 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

Behind the Comparison

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