Kitchen IQ Knife Sharpener

Last updated date: February 5, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

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We looked at the top 1 Knife Sharpeners and dug through the reviews from 3 of the most popular review sites including Cutlery Advisor, Knife Guides, My Electric Knife Sharpener and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Knife Sharpener you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 42 expert reviews, the Kitchen IQ Kitchen IQ Knife Sharpener placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 17, 2019:
Checkout The Best Knife Sharpener for a detailed review of all the top knife sharpeners.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
9,007 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
There is a V grip in the bottom of the sharpener. This v shape grip is used for edge or counter. The soft grip handle of this sharpener gives you the ultimate comfort.
- Cutlery Advisor
The manufacturer developed the V grip bottom. This feature allows you to place the sharpener and use it on different surfaces. As the end result, this model can be used on slippery surfaces or any other surface you have in mind.
- Knife Guides
Easy To Use, Ergonomic Design – Kitchen IQ have really taken the time to think through this design and as a result you have a dumbed-down, fool proof device. The 2 stage sharpening slots (coarse and fine) are clearly labelled and easy to distinguish by the different material being used (carbide for the coarse, and ceramic for the fine). The v-grip bottom is a particularly nice feature for kitchen use. This, along with the ergonomic comfort grip make sharpening a knife very smooth and easy.
- My Electric Knife Sharpener
What experts didn't like
This knife sharpener is not suitable for all types of high-end knives.
- Cutlery Advisor
Budget Knife Sharpener – You have to understand that the Kitchen IQ Edge Grip 2 stage knife sharpener is a budget knife sharpener! Let that sink in for a moment……Okay good! If you’re under the impression that this is the right sharpener to restore the edge on your $300 expensive knife set, then think again. Not taking anything away from this sharpener as it is a wonderful product, but I would suggest you use this sharpener on your less expensive, budget knives. This is actually perfect for putting an edge on your everyday knife.
- My Electric Knife Sharpener

From The Manufacturer

Don't let the small size of this cutie fool you. This pint size tool is a work horse in the kitchen. Use it to quickly and easily sharpen your favorite knife in the comfort of your own home. Use the KitchenIQ Edge Grip to quickly sharpen your damaged and dull knives and for everyday knife maintenance. This gem sharpens damaged and dull knives with just a few pulls through the coarse slot. This slot includes carbide blades at preset angles to quickly bring a dull knife back to life. Then quickly finish and polishes the knife edge with just a few pulls through the fine slot. The Edge Grip’s small size is ideal for storing in your knife drawer and for anyone with a small kitchen or little storage space. Work Smarter in the Kitchen Who doesn’t want to work smarter in the kitchen? A great tip to remember is to keep your knives sharp. Don’t let them go dull. The Fine slot on the Edge Grip is ideal for regular knife maintenance with its gentle ceramics. These ceramics will polish the knife edge and keep it sharp. So run the knife through this slot every time you use the knife. A sharp knife definitely speeds up prep work in the kitchen. Edge Grip Feature Gives More Flexibility when Sharpening The Edge Grip is designed with a unique feature called “edge grip. ” What does this mean? Well the bottom of the sharpener has been designed to allow the sharpener to rest on the edge the counter top or table. Why is this helpful? Sometimes when you sharpen a large chef’s knife with a smaller sharpener, you might drag the tip of the knife across the counter top. This can damage the knife or worse the countertop. So sharpening on the edge with the edge grip allows the knife to pull through the slots from heel to tip. Of course you can still use the Edge Grip on top of the surface but isn’t it nice to have flexibility when sharpening if you need it? The bottom is made of a non-slip material that allows for safe and sturdy sharpening.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Chef’sChoice Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 5
2. Chef’sChoice Trizor Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Idahone Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
4. PriorityChef Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Kitchen IQ Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
6. LINKYO Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Brod & Taylor Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Work Sharp Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Wusthof Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Warthog V-Sharp Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Knife Sharpeners

Cooking at home has a slew of advantages for your waistline and your wallet. Making your own meals is far cheaper than ponying up for restaurant eats on a regular basis. Plus, you might shed some pounds if you’re in control of how much oil and fat you cook with.

However, you’ll need the right tools to mimic the delicious flavors you’d find in your favorite restaurant dishes. Quality knives are part of the foundation for a fully functional kitchen, but they can’t execute perfect slices if you don’t take proper care of them. A knife sharpener is a must-have for home cooks, but there’s some background information you’ll want to know before you pick one.

When you sharpen a knife, you remove minuscule amounts of metal from the knife to create a fresh, sharp blade. Sharpening your knife gives it a crisp edge, but it also wears your knife away since you’re removing material every time you sharpen it.

Keeping your knife’s blade straight is also crucial, and honing your knife in between sharpenings helps the knife last longer and cut more accurately. (Honing is an action that realigns the blade of an already sharp knife.)

There are many different kinds of knife sharpeners, but the most popular types are electric, manual and sharpening steels (also called honing rods). Electric sharpeners typically use a two or three-step process for creating, sharpening and honing your blade. Most electric sharpeners, like the Chef’sChoice Trizor Knife Sharpener, use guides to help you find the perfect angle. This is great for beginners, but more advanced cooks might prefer the manual control that comes with handheld sharpeners, like the Chef’sChoice Pronto Pro.

If you’re using a manual knife sharpener, you’ll place the sharpener on a flat surface and draw your knife through a sharpening slot. Models like PriorityChef’s Knife Sharpener use this design. Handheld sharpeners are less expensive than electric options, and they’re portable for chefs on the go.

Honing rods keep your blade properly aligned for better balance and precision while you slice and dice. They’re also referred to as sharpening steels, but that title is a bit of a misnomer since they don’t actually sharpen your knife. They’re still an essential component of your knife care system. A selection like Idahone’s Sharpening Rod uses a high-grade ceramic to re-align your knife’s edge.

DYWM Fun Fact

The humble kitchen knife has fascinating, ancient origins. The oldest-known primitive stone tools were called “Oldowan knives” and they first appeared in modern-day Ethiopia about 2.5 million years ago. They were made by cracking rocks against each other to create sharp edges and helped our ancestors carve up horses, wild cattle, ducks and even rhinos.

The discovery of fire changed the way we made knives, allowing humans to form knives out of other materials other than large rocks. The copper and bronze ages added a tougher edge to kitchen knives, but the advent of iron and steel helped people craft knives that resemble what you’ll find in your kitchen today.

The Knife Sharpener Buying Guide

  • Before you buy, you’ll want to assess how serious you are about home cooking. If you’ve invested in pricey knives and see yourself whipping up new creations every day, a high-end electric sharpener like the Chef’sChoice Trizor Electric Sharpener is worth a look. If you just want to keep your knives sharp for a few casual meals per week, a budget-friendly buy, like PriorityChef’s Knife Sharpener, might be more your speed.
  • How much counter space do you have available for your knife sharpener? The Chef’sChoice Trizor Sharpener is a full foot long and weighs a hefty five pounds, while the Chef’sChoice ProntoPro is just over nine inches long and only weighs eight ounces.
  • Do you want a sharpener that shapes, sharpens and hones in one unit, or would you prefer a separate honing rod? The Chef’sChoice Trizor takes care of all three steps, while PriorityChef’s manual Knife Sharpener only shapes and sharpens. You’ll want to purchase a separate honing rod, like Idahone’s Fine Ceramic Sharpening Rod, if you purchase a two-step sharpener.   
  • How much mobility do you need in your knife sharpener? Electric options, like the Chef’sChoice Trizor, sharpen your knives in a snap, but they’re not road-friendly. If you have multiple homes or see yourself cooking on the road, a smaller manual sharpener, like PriorityChef’s Knife Sharpener, will easily fit into most bags.