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Kitchellence 3-stage vs Smith's 50264 Sharpener Side-by-Side Comparison

The Kitchellence 3-stage sharpener enjoys a better rating vs. the Smith's 50264 despite being less effective. Read our comparison to find out why.

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Kitchellence 3-Stage

Smith's Adjustable

Kitchellence 3-stage vs Smith's 50264 Sharpener

Overall Verdict

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.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 15%Design 35%Ease of UseKitchellence 3-StageSmith's Adjustable8.06.99.29.16.86.07.87.5
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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

Key Specs

Stages
3
2
Scissor sharpener
No
No
Abrasives
diamond, tungsten carbide, ceramic
Precision-ground carbide, ceramic
Grit size
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Coarse, Fine
Dimensions
L8.1 x W1.8 x H3.0 inches
L10.5 x W1.3 x H2.9 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$22.80
$27.38

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.9
6.0

Sharpening Time to Cut a Lemon

4.8
8.0
Sharpening Time
2m 05s
1 minute 25 seconds
Cutting Feel
Swift and smooth
Light and smooth

Material Retention

9.0
3.0
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
Metal residue on the Coarse slot of the Smith’s knife sharpener
Metal residue on the Coarse slot of the Smith’s knife sharpener
A bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the base of the Smith’s 50264 knife sharpener
Sharpening Time
1 minute
1 minute

Maximum Sharpness Achieved

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

Edge Smoothness

7.7
4.5
Close up view in vignette of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the Kitchellence 3-stage knife sharpener
Close-up view of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the Smith’s Pull-thru

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.2
7.8

In the Box

The Kitchellence knife sharpener, its package box, instruction manual, and included safety glove
The Smith’s 50264 Adjustable pull-thru sharpener next to its plastic casing

Dimensions

The Kitchellence knife sharpener and arrows and figures showing its dimensions
The Smith’s adjustable handheld sharpener with arrows and figures showing its dimensions
Length
8.1" (20.6 cm)
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Width
1.8" (4.6 cm)
1.3" (3.3 cm)
Height
3.0" (7.6 cm)
2.9" (7.4 cm)
Weight
6.4 oz (181 g)
8.8 oz (250 g)

Build Quality

9.3
8.2
The base and separated working section of the Kitchellence, and a glove, all on a cutting board
The Smith’s Pull-thru sharpener with cover and angle knob detached on a cutting board, and a lemon slice

Working Section

The working section of the Kitchellence with 3 abrasive slots on a frame and part of its handle and base
Top view of the angle knob on the Smith’s angle adjustable sharpener
Top view of the angle knob on the Smith’s angle adjustable sharpener
The working section of the Smith’s 50264 handheld sharpener, with its Coarse, Serrated, and Fine slots
Levels of Sharpening
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Sharpen, Hone/Polish
Abrasive
Diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
Precision-ground carbide, crossed ceramic
Mechanism
Pull-through
Pull through
Sharpening Angle
20 degrees
14°, 16°, 18°, 20°, 22°, 24°

Base

The Kitchellence 3-stage sharpener lying upside down, its base and base pads in full view
The Smith’s 50264 lying on a surface with its base and base pads in full view
The Smith’s 50264 lying on a surface with its base and base pads in full view
A base pad of the Smith’s sharpener
Material
ABS plastic
Rubber
Feet Type
non-slip rubber base
Slip-proof soles

Grip

9.0
6.5
The grip of the Kitchellence sharpener and part of its base and abrasives.
A hand holding the Smith’s manual knife sharpener
Material
ABS plastic
Rubber

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.1
7.5

Slot Arrangement

10
7.0
The working section on the Kitchellence, with 3 slots featuring diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
The working section of the Smith’s 50264, with the angle knob and the Coarse, Serrated, and Fine abrasive slots

Insertion

9.0
10
Top view of two hands sharpening a knife with the Kitchellence on cutting board, lemon and tomato slices in background
Close-up view of the Coarse slot of the Smith’s sharpener, its blades in full view

Pulling Through

9.5
7.5
Close-up view of the Fine slot on the Smith’s pull-thru, with nicks visible on the plastic frame

Stability on a Clean Surface

9.0
7.0
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
A person sharpening a knife with the Smith’s 50264 adjustable knife sharpener

Stability on a Wet and Dirty Surface

7.5
6.0
a person wearing a glove in one hand sharpening a kitchen knife with the Kitchellence on a salt-sprinkled countertop
A person sharpening a knife with the Smith’s 50264 Pull-thru sharpener on a salt-sprinkled countertop

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