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Gorilla Grip vs KitchenIQ 50009 Side-by-Side Comparison

We tested and compared the Gorilla Grip and the KitchenIQ 50009 manual sharpeners for speed, sharpness, and ease of use. Here’s our analysis.

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Gorilla Grip

KitchenIQ 50009

Gorilla Grip vs KitchenIQ 50009 Comparison: How They Stack Up

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 15%Design 35%Ease of Use Gorilla GripKitchenIQ 500097.66.58.88.66.24.38.18.2
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The Gorilla Grip definitely gets the edge over the KitchenIQ 50009. It not only takes a much shorter time to sharpen a blunt knife but the level of keenness you can reach is greater, too. Granted, it is more aggressive against the edge but we’d take that over spending an excessive amount of time for rather mediocre sharpness, which is the case with the KitchenIQ.

We could give credit to the KitchenIQ for its solid construction and the versatility of the ‘edge grip’ base. However, its compact size is awkward to use. The Gorilla Grip will not only fit better in your hand, it also offers more space between the grip and the working section and that means extra safety when sharpening.

Pros & Cons

  • Substantial sharpening rods
  • Solid construction
  • Intuitive order of sharpening slots
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Easy storage
  • Affordable price 
  • Base works on both counter edge and flat surfaces 
  • Simple, sturdy design
  • Tapered and bumpy base
  • Poorly fitted rubber feet
  • Awkward small size
  • Long sharpening time

Key Specs

Stages
3
2
Scissor sharpener
No
No
Abrasives
Diamond, tungsten carbide, ceramic
Tungsten carbide, ceramic
Grit size
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Coarse, Fine
Dimensions
L7.9 x W1.9 x H3.0 inches
L3.7 x W2.1 x H1.8 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$9.43
$10.67

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.5
4.3

Sharpening Time to Cut a Lemon

7.6
1.0
Sharpening Time
1 minute 30 seconds
3 minutes 35 seconds
Cutting Feel
Swift and smooth
Swift and smooth

Material Retention

5.0
6.0
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
Top view of a bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the KitchenIQ sharpener
Top view of a bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the KitchenIQ sharpener
Metal residue on the abrasive slots on the KitchenIQ knife sharpener
Sharpening Time
1 minute
1 minute
Target Sharpness

Maximum Sharpness Achieved

8.0
6.0
Sharpening Time
6 minutes
6 minutes
Sharpness Level
8 (chicken breast with skin, 1 swipe)
7 (ripe tomatoes, 1 swipe)

Edge Smoothness

5.0
6.5
Close up view in vignette of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the Gorilla Grip
Close up view of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the KitchenIQ 50009

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.8
8.1

In the Box

The Gorilla Grip sharpener on top of its package box with the instruction manual on the left side
The KitchenIQ 50009 sharpener on its side next to its package

Dimensions

The Gorilla Grip handheld sharpener with arrows and figures showing its dimensions
The KitchenIQ 50009 handheld sharpener with arrows and figures showing its dimensions
Length
7.9" (20.1 cm)
3.7" (9.4 cm)
Width
1.9" (4.8 cm)
2.0" (5.1 cm)
Height
3.0" (7.6 cm)
1.8" (4.6 cm)
Weight
6.6 oz (187 g)
2.0 oz (57 g)

Build Quality

8.5
8.7
The Gorilla Grip sharpener lying on a surface, with its base visible
The KitchenIQ Edge Grip knife sharpener in an open hand

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 Kitchen IQ’s working section, with a Coarse slot and a Fine slot
The Kitchen IQ’s working section, with a Coarse slot and a Fine slot
The KitchenIQ’s working section from above
Levels of Sharpening
Prep, Sharpen, Polish
Coarse, Fine
Abrasive
Diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic 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
KitchenIQ 50009 Base
Material
rubber
Silicone
Feet Type
non-slip pad
Edge gripper

Grip

9.5
6.5
The Gorilla Grip sharpener standing on a surface
The grip of the KitchenIQ edge grip sharpener
Material
Thermoplastic rubber
Silicone

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.6
8.2

Slot Arrangement

10
7.0
The working section on the Gorilla Grip, with 3 slots featuring diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
The working section on the KitchenIQ 50009, with one Coarse slot and one Fine slot

Insertion

9.0
7.0
Top view of a knife being sharpened with the Gorilla Grip, the sharpener being held in one hand
A knife being sharpened with the KitchenIQ, the sharpener being held in one hand

Pulling Through

8.5
7.0
Two hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Gorilla Grip sharpener

Stability on a Clean Surface

8.0
10
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Gorilla Grip sharpener on a countertop
Two hands holding and sharpening a knife with the KitchenIQ on a countertop edge

Stability on a Wet and Dirty Surface

7.0
7.0
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Gorilla Grip on a salt-sprinkled countertop
Two hands holding and sharpening a knife with the KitchenIQ on a salt-sprinkled countertop

Behind the Comparison

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