If sharpness is your only priority, go with the Smith’s. If you also care about safety and the integrity of your knife edge, however, the Kitchellence is the superior choice.
In our tests for sharpening time and sharpness level, the Smith’s had the upper hand. The Smith’s also offers more choices of sharpening angle, which few others of its type do, including the Kitchellence. Unfortunately, it lacks stability — an important criteria when working with blades. The device also peeled off way too much metal from the blade for our tolerance.
The Kitchellence takes significantly longer to sharpen, and the maximum sharpness level you can reach with it is lower than that offered by the Smith’s. It’s also gentler on the knife edge, more intuitive to use, more stable during operation, and has a much, much stronger and sturdier build.
Pros & Cons
- Easy to use, intuitive design
- Soft, comfortable finish
- Extra weight near the base for stability
- Affordable price
- Included glove for added safety
- Angle-adjustable sharpening
- Sharpening slot for serrated blades included
- Wide slot inserts
- Replaceable abrasives (sold separately)
- Tapered base
- Awkward base pad
- Shears off a considerable amount of metal
- Awkward slot structure
- Long, narrow base
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Analysis and Test Results
Sharpening Time to Cut a Lemon
Maximum Sharpness Achieved
In the Box
Stability on a Clean Surface
Stability on a Wet and Dirty Surface
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