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INSTRUCTION BOOKLET
CUISINART KNIFE SHARPENER
KS-80A
For your safety and continued enjoyment of this product, always read the instruction book carefully before using.
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CONTENTS
Important Safeguards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Instructions for Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions
should always be followed, including the following:
1. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS.
2. To protect against risk of electrical shock, do not
immerse appliance in water or other liquid.
3. Make sure that only clean knife blades are inserted
into the Cuisinart® Knife Sharpener.
4. Do not touch surfaces that may be hot. Use handles or
knobs provided.
5. Portable – unplug from outlet when not in use, before
putting on or taking off parts and before cleaning. Allow
to cool before handling.
6. Avoid contact with moving parts.
7. Do not operate any appliance or other electrical
equipment with a damaged cord or plug, or after the
unit malfunctions, or is dropped or damaged in any
manner. Return it to the nearest authorized service
facility for examination, repair, or adjustment.
8. Always check that the control is OFF before plugging
cord into wall outlet. To disconnect, turn the control to
OFF then remove plug from wall outlet.
9. The use of attachments not recommended or sold by
Cuisinart® may cause fire, electric shock, or injury.
10. Do not place near a hot gas or electric burner or
heated oven.
11. Do not attempt to sharpen scissors, axe blades or any
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other blade that does not fit freely in the slots.
Do not let cord hang over edge of table or counter or
touch hot surfaces.
When in the “ON” position, the Cuisinart® Knife
Sharpener should always be on a stable countertop
or table.
WARNING: TO AVOID INJURY USE AND HANDLE
KNIVES WITH EXTREME CARE.
Extreme caution must be used when moving an
appliance containing hot oil or other hot liquids.
Always turn the unit on before inserting a blade and
never sharpen more than one blade at a time.
Do not use outdoors.
Close supervision is necessary when any appliance is
used by or near children.
Do not use honing oils, water, or any other lubricant
with the Cuisinart® Knife Sharpener.
Do not use appliance for other than intended use.
This appliance is not intended for use by persons
(including children)with reduced physical, sensory or
mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge,
unless they have been given supervision or instruction
concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible
for their safety.
Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not
play with the appliance.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
FOR HOUSEHOLD USE ONLY
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SHORT CORD INSTRUCTIONS
A short power-supply cord is provided to reduce the risk
resulting from becoming entangled in or tripping over a
longer cord.
If a longer detachable power-supply cord or extension cord
is used, (1) the marked electrical rating of the extension
cord should be at least as great as the electrical rating of
the appliance, and (2) the longer cord should be arranged
so that it will not drape over the counter top or table top
where it can be pulled on by children or tripped over
unintentionally.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol,
within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert
the user to the presence of uninsulated
“dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure
that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a
risk of fire or electric shock to persons.
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The exclamation point within an equilateral
triangle is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instruction in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
FOR BEST RESULTS
1. Always use clean knives before sharpening or
re-sharpening. If knives are soiled, wash and dry
blade before sharpening.
2. Use light downward pressure when sharpening.
3. Always pull blades at a constant rate and
recommended speed over length of blade. Never
interrupt or stop the motion when in contact with
abrasive discs.
4. Always alternate pulls in right and left slots (with
exception of specialised blades which only need to
be sharpened on one side).
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PARTS
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7.
Bolster
6.
Tip
Handle
Heel
Edge
Typical Kitchen Knife
1. Coarse grinding station
2. Fine grinding station
3. Stropping/Polishing station
4. Blade guide wheels
5. Removable magnetized drawer (not shown)
6. On/Off switch
7. Suction cup feet
8. Power cord
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RESETTING THERMAL PROTECTION
Your Cuisinart® Knife Sharpener is equipped with a
thermal protection device to protect the motor from
overheating. If the unit stops running under heavy use,
turn the power switch off and unplug the power cord. Allow
approximately 10 minutes for the motor to cool down. Plug
unit back in and continue use.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Please read all instructions before you begin to sharpen.
1. Sharpen serrated blades only in the Strop/Polish
station – do not sharpen serrated blades in the Coarse
or Fine stations as that will remove more metal from
the serrations than is necessary.
2. Straight edge blades can be sharpened using all three
steps; however, use of step 1 is necessary only if the
knife is very dull or damaged.
SHARPENING STRAIGHT EDGE BLADES
Plug unit in and turn the unit on. The red light will
illuminate.
STEP 1 – The Coarse Grind
The Coarse grinding step is to be used when sharpening a
knife for the first time or if the knife is very dull, nicked or
damaged. If your knife is already sharp, you can begin with
step 2, the Fine grind.
Insert the knife into right slot of Coarse grinding wheel. The
knife should be positioned with the handle or bolster
as close to the grinding slots as possible. The blade area
closest to the handle should be positioned within the blade
guide wheel. When you hear the knife make contact with
the grinding wheel, slowly draw the knife toward you
keeping a constant light downward pressure on the knife
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without twisting. Maintain uniform contact of the blade. If the
knife is curved lift the handle up as the knife tip approaches
the end of the slot, keeping constant pressure on the blade
contour. Sharpen the entire blade. An eight (8) inch blade
should take about 4-5 seconds per pull. Pull shorter blades
through in 2-3 seconds and longer blades in 6 seconds.
Next, repeat with one full-length pull in the left slot of the
Coarse grinding wheel. Always alternate slots after each
pass in order to keep the blade edge proportionate. In
step 1 you will find that only one or two pulls in each slot will
be adequate. Now, proceed to step 2.
IMPORTANT: Once the blade is inserted, you should
immediately begin to pull the blade toward you. Never
push the blade away from you. Apply just enough pressure
to make contact with the grinding wheel – added pressure
is not necessary and does not improve the sharpening
process.
STEP 2 – The Fine Grind
Using the same procedure described above for the Coarse
grind, sharpen the blade in the Fine grinding station. Pull
the blade once through the right slot and once through the
left slot. As in the Coarse grind station, always alternate
pulls in the right and the left slots and pull at a very steady
pace. Only one or two passes on each side are necessary
to attain desired sharpness. Now, proceed to step 3.
STEP 3 – Stropping/Polishing
This step will complete the sharpening process. The Strop
will remove the burr from the knife blade and will polish it
simultaneously. The patented reverse action is necessary to
obtain a razor sharp edge. Normally, only one or two pairs
of pulls in this station will be adequate to finish the process.
As in steps 1 and 2 always alternate pulls in the right and
left slots and pull at a very steady pace.
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Additional pulls in the Strop/Polish station will hone the
edge even further.
Procedure for Sharpening Serrated Blades
All types of serrated blades can be sharpened with the
Cuisinart® Knife Sharpener.
USE ONLY STEP 3 (STROP/POLISH) WHEN
SHARPENING A SERRATED BLADE. This will sharpen the
teeth of the serrations and form small blades along the
edge of these teeth. Approximately 3 to 6 pulls alternating
on each side of the Strop/Polish station will be sufficient. If
the knife is very dull more pulls may be necessary. If the
knife’s edge has been severely damaged, you can make
one pull at a faster pace (2-3 seconds for an 8" blade) in
each of the right and left slots of step 2 (Fine grind). Once
you have done this, make a series of pulls in step 3
(Strop/Polish). Excessive use of step 2 will remove too
much metal from the blade and can ruin a serrated knife.
RESHARPENING STRAIGHT EDGE BLADES
You can quickly resharpen straight edge knives with a few
alternating pulls in step 3. If step 3 fails to sharpen your
knife adequately, one or two pairs of alternating pulls in step
2 could suffice followed by one or two alternating pulls in
step 3. You may start with step 1 if the knife has been
dulled excessively.
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CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
No lubrication is needed or required for any moving parts,
motor, bearings, or sharpening surfaces. There is no need
for water on abrasives. The exterior of the sharpener may
be cleaned by carefully wiping with damp cloth. Do not use
detergents or abrasives.
Metal dust will slowly accumulate below the Coarse and
Fine grinding wheels. A removable drawer can be found
underneath the grinding wheels in the rear of the unit. On
occasion, remove drawer and wipe with a damp cloth or
paper towel. This will remove all of the metal shavings.
Replace drawer.
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