The Kitchen IQ Edge Grip 2 stage knife sharpener is the cheapest knife sharpener I have had the chance to review thus far. Before discussing the advantages and disadvantages of this sharpener, let’s have a quick history lesson on Kitchen IQ. Kitchen IQ is a fairly new houseware brand under Smith’s consumer products, who have been around in the knife sharpening industry since 1886. From a consumer standpoint it is very encouraging to know that a product you are considering to purchase is backed by years of experience and quality. To visit Kitchen IQ’s site, click here.
- Very Affordable! – Click here to check out the latest pricing on amazon. Cost is by far the biggest pro for the Kitchen IQ Edge Grip 2 stage knife sharpener. As mentioned earlier, this is the cheapest sharpener I have reviewed and seen thus far!
- Portable & Compact – The Kitchen IQ Edge Grip 2 stage knife sharpener is almost small enough to fit in the palm of your hand (unless you have pretty big hands!). This makes it very easy and convenient to store in your kitchen drawer with the rest of your cutlery. It is also very convenient to throw with the rest of your gear when you’re out camping or hunting.
- 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.
- 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.
Finally, a word of caution. There are a lot of user reviews suggesting that the coarse material came rusted. This is actually not the case in reality. The rusty appearance is something that is brought about by a process called brazing, which is the joining of 2 or more metals. Therefore, quite a few of these negative reviews/comments should not be considered. As always, let me know what you think about the Kitchen IQ Edge Grip 2 stage knife sharpener by leaving a comment above!