Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife Review

Cuisinart is an American based manufacturer of home knives. It is owned by Conair Corporation that is one of the largest manufacturers of home appliances. Cuisinart was started in 1971 by an American. Since 1971, this company is providing a number of knives to their customers. Most of their knives come with a lifetime warranty. Among number of their knives, we noticed, CEK-40 Electric Fillet knife is best of them. In this article we are going to discuss this particular fillet knife.

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Thumb rollover

Thumb rollover

AKA: Y2K rollover

This is a very cool move once you nail it a few times. The trick is to keep the connection between the Balisong and your thumb. It’s not a throw. The Bali has to “walk” over your Thumb.

Download an AVI of the technique here.

Preview the Technique here with the smaller GIF file.


1. Start in the Backhand grip, closed position. Bite handle should be facing IN toward your palm.

I find that tilting the Bali forward slightly makes this move a little easier.


2. Allow the safe handle to drop down and away.


3. As the Bali swings through…………….


4. ……….pull your Thumb in toward your body slightly. This will become the guide for your Bali to roll over.


5. Let the Handles wrap around your Thumb, and roll over it.

At this point the safe handle has just entered the palm.


6. Close your fingers around the safe handle before the blade enters.


7. Allow the blade and bite handle to continue downward…………


8. ………… until they ricochet and come back up…….


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11. Into the forward grip, open position.

 Make sure you start with the BITE handle in to begin the move. If you don’t you’ll get cut on the ricochet before the opening.

Backhand throw

Backhand throw

Backward

This throw opening starts in the backhand position, and floats over the back of the hand, forward. The catch is tricky, so be careful.

Download an AVI of the technique here.

Preview the Technique here with the smaller GIF file.

1. Start in the Backhand closed position.

 

 


2. Allow the bite handle to fall down and back.

 

 


3. As the bite handle reaches the bottom, (before it contacts the side of your palm), tilt your hand to the palm down position and release.

 

 


4. If you timed it right, the Bali should make one rotation above your hand, moving slightly forward.

 

 


5. Tilt your hand back………….

 

 


6. ………… to vertical, to prepare for the catch.

 

 


7. As you can see by the position of my hand, the catch is made with the safe handle in a vertical position.

 

 

 


8. This is because the Bali is rotating forward, as opposed to the usual backward spin you are accustomed to.

 

 


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10. End in the Forward grip, open position.

Rollover to Backhand

Rollover to Backhand

Opening
Now we’ll take that rollover technique, and apply it to an opening……….. In this case, to a Backhand grip.

Download an AVI of the technique here.

Preview the Technique here with the smaller GIF file.

1. Start in the Forward grip, closed position.

 

 

 

 

2. Begin the technique by executing a Basic Windmill.

 

 

 

 

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4. As the bite handle (in this case) comes up, place your Index finger on the back of the safe handle just below the pivot PINs.

 

 

 

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6. As the bite handle comes over, let go with your other fingers, leaving your Index finger in place.

 

 

 

 

7. Let the Balisong roll over the Index finger.

 

 

 

8. As the back of the safe handle comes around, place your Thumb in position to catch with your Index finger.

 

 

 

9. Pull your wrist back a little to continue the motion of the bite handle.

 

 

 

 

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11. Finish in the Backhand grip, open position.

Basic twirl

Forward grip to Backhand Open

This is the first of the finger twirl openings I’m posting. I used the term “finger twirl” to remain consistent with the terminology you’ll find in other book and video offerings.

1. Start in the Forward grip, closed position. Safe handle into your palm.
2. Begin the move with a Horizontal type opening.

Actually, it will more resemble the Horizontal variation in that the first thing you’re going to do is a ricochet off of the back of your hand.
3. Before the ricochet……..
4. ………….Insert your Index finger to the area just above the Thumb.
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6. This is the ricochet point mentioned in step two.
7. Torque your wrist over to send the blade and handle to the next ricochet point.
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9. Second ricochet.

At the moment of ricochet, pull the Thumb out…….
10.……………… and around to the other side, and scissor with the Index and Middle fingers to bring the handle over.
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13. Torque your wrist over a little to speed up the movement.
14. Finish in the Backhand grip, open position.

Ending position will have your fingers “choked up” close to the blade. Keep the Thumb in position but open up the other fingers to stabelize.

Make sure you check out the AVI to see the closing move, as it’s just a little different from the opening.

Keeping the Latch, Latched. Open or closed.

Tightening up the lock, so your Balisong stays open & closed when it’s supposed to.

 

This one might seem simple to some of you out there, but I got more than a few E-mails this week from people needing help. And I have to say, I was a little surprised to read the way some of you tried to solve the problem…….. hammering or clamping down on the latch pin, which made everything worse! Lets break it down.

OK….. here’s the problem:
You just watched the AVI of me executing a full pivot, and you decide you’d like to try it. Great! So …..with Balisong in hand, you start to slowly get a feel for the technique. Carefully dissecting each part of the move, until you’re ready to try it full speed. And that’s when the problem shows it’s ugly head. For this technique and others resembling it, I said “To help keep your grip, position your fingertips so their in the groove where the handles meet”. But, when you try it at speed, the handles come unlatched, and Your Bali goes sailing across the room.

Now, the new problem you’ve created:
So……. you nick up a few walls, break a few things, and decide you need to fix this problem. Off to your trusty hammer (or vise, depending on if you’re a basher or a squeezer) to let it work it’s magic, and……. Well, it’s not unlatching anymore, but then again, It now takes a over minute, and lots of energy to get your Balisong open and closed. Worse yet, the latch is always in the way when you’re “freestyling”, the blade is getting all nicked up, and the latch is getting grooves cut into it by the blade………. it doesn’t seem like a fair price to pay for a couple “flashy” moves, does it?

Now hear this:
The latch must…….. I repeat, MUST, be able to swing freely at all times.

The fix:
Instead of hammering the latch pin, lightly clamp down on the slot in the safe handle that the latch slides into….. THAT’S IT! Now the latch won’t be in your way, you can open your Balisong in a flash, it’s not taking a beating, and you can continue learning new techniques……….. once again, life is good.

Thanx Craig, and others, for the question!

Replacing pins yourself…….. A “How to” guide.

Sooner or later it happens to all of us. You’re flyin’ through your favorite Balisong moves (ever notice it’s always when you’re at your best…… I hate that!) and all of a sudden one of the handles falls at your feet. What an empty feeling. Well, fear not. Most of the under $100 models (my favorites) are very easy to fix.

What you’ll need:
~Ball peen hammer (It has a round head on one end)
~ Hack saw
~Hard metal surface (anvil section on a bench vise for example)
~Finishing nails (Don’t laugh, I’ve been using them for years and they work. More on the size later.)
~Grinder or metal file
~2 old type razor blades (optional, but recommended for your first few attempts)
~ Nerve (…..to start bashing on your favorite toy, under the premise of “fixing” it.)

Right….. here we go!

1) Clear any sections of the broken pin out of the affected handle. Line the handle holes up with the holes in the blade, and look through. Make sure there are no obstructions, or metal particles. Blow it out if you have to. I also use thick yarn, with a “dental floss” type motion through the holes. Anything stuck in there could bind on you later.

2) Here is where the finishing nails come in. If you have a shop in your cellar, or happen to have a bucket of nails lying around, finishing nails are the ones with the small heads (the part ya’ hit). Try inserting a few through the holes. You want the fit to be as snug as possible. The nail should take up all the space of the holes. OK, found it? Push the nail all the way through, until the head is against the handle. Notice, in most cases the “stock” pins on your knives are “mushroomed” over (so they don’t fall out obviously). Thats why I use the finishing nails…… one side is already mushroomed!

3) Now take the hack saw and cut the excess part of the nail about 1/2 an inch from the handle. Relax……you’re doing fine.

4) OK, now for the razor blades. You might want to dull the edges a little before you start. Slide the razors between the blade and the handle, on both sides. This will act as a spacer in case you go a little overboard with the hammer in the next step.

5) Here comes the finesse part. Lay your balisong down on the hard metal surface (or anvil) with the head of the nail facing down. It will not lie evenly because of the head of the nail, so make sure before you start banging, that you hold the knife so the nail is straight up and down. You don’t want it on an angle, because instead of mushrooming, it’ll just bend ……..not good!

6) Bashing time! Now, hit the pin in the center a few times, with the ball end of the hammer. Take a close look at the pin, from a side view. Repeat this process, making sure the pin is mushrooming as you hit. Start pulling and pushing the hammer as you hit, this will help broaden the mushroom point. Always look closely after 2 or 3 hits to make sure you’re getting the desired effect (something that looks like a pin). When the pin snugs up to the handle, take the razors out. A few more light taps, and you’re done….. well almost.

7) This is it! With your grinder, or metal file, Shave the head of the nail down to an acceptable level. Then do the same with the end you were tapping on.

With any luck, you’re back in business

Thanx to Juliusv for the Question!

Backhand over throw

Backhand over throw

Pass

This is the same technique as the Backhand over, except that you’re going to make the catch with the opposite hand.

Download an AVI of the technique here.

Preview the Technique here with the smaller GIF file.

step 1
1. start in the Backhand closed position, safe handle facing into your palm.

 

 

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2. Let the latch handle drop away.

 

 

step 3
3. Turn your wrist over, to palm down, as…….
4. ……you make the release.

 
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6. Bring the opposite hand into position for the catch.

 
7. Again, the safe handle will be coming in.

 
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9. …….and, make the catch.

 
10. End in the Backhand grip, open position.

Once again, I suggest you try this technique in front of your bed, and just let the Balisong land on it while you study the motion in the air. Then, once you’re comfortable, try to make the catch.

Tang pin on the blade is wearing out the handles 2.

Got a problem with the Tang pin on the blade wearing out the handles? Try this little fix.

 

Balisong ownership is a double edged sword. They’re great to look at and great to play with. The only problem is, the more you use them, the more things start to fall apart.

I don’t consider myself a collector. I’ve always used the Balisongs I’ve owned, and thats been the downfall of all of them. Sooner or later things wear out. Pins, latches, blades and handles…..you can’t stop it, unless you don’t work with them……. I can’t seem to do that though.

One of the biggest problems I have is severe wear out where the Tang pin (on the blade) meets the handles. I call these areas the “cups” of the handles….. and I recently figured out how to fix them. It’s not always a permanent fix, but it’ll get you up and running. And it has been successfully tested.

Go to an Auto parts store and ask for “Liquid metal”, or “liquid solder” (thats what they’re called here anyway). It’s like a metal glue and is used to patch holes in exhaust pipes and things like that. You’re going to use this to fill (not completely) the “cups” (4 total, 2 on each handle) where the stop pin meets the handles.

~First, and most importantly, you have to prepare the area. Wipe, or soak the area with alcohol to get rid of any oil from your blade. The area has to be completely free of oil, or the Liquid metal won’t stick! And let the area dry completely before continuing on!

~Now, I know it’s a small area, but, you have to take an ice pick or some other sharp pointed tool to scratch, or dent the inside of the “cups”. This will allow the liquid metal to flow in, and hold a better grip when it hardens. Don’t use too much Liquid metal though. About a drop in each “cup” should do it. Let it set for a minute, then open the knife up and let the Tang pin push into the liquid metal a little, to shape the “cups”…..try to make them as even as possible……that should do it!

Thanx to Torbjörn Axelsson for the question, and helping with the test!

Heres a fix for the Tang pin wearing out the handles.

Does your Balisong feel loose when fully open? Handles too close together? Heres another Tang pin / handle fix.

 

You might remember a Tip from back in August (8-08-99) for this same problem. Well, to be honest, that was actually kind of a last ditch effort to keep your Balisong workable.

This weeks tip is a little more of a “tune-up” you can do once or twice before having to resort to that.

OK, we already know what the problem is……
……… but just to refresh your memories ……….. the Tang pin is digging into the cups on the backside of the handles. The grooves become deeper, the pin sinks further in, and the handles end up loose when fully open……….. thats it in a nutshell, so to speak.

The area we’re going to work with this time is the Tang pin itself. See the diagrams below:

What you want to do, basically, is flatten the Tang pin out a bit by hitting down on it. See diagram on the right. Broadening the Tang pin will expand the profile just enough, to prevent the pin from sinking too far into the handle……….. then you’re back in business

A few things to remember
~ Be sure to hit Straight down or you’ll bend the pin instead of flattening it. Though bending the pin will give you the same end result, it will also do more damage to the handles, and make a second “tune-up” attempt virtually impossible.

~ Be sure to have a solid piece of metal supporting the bottom end of the Tang pin, and tap on both sides of the pin a few times. You want to try to broaden the pin evenly.

~ Try not to hit the handles. A punch, or small length of metal rod (about the diameter of a pencil) will help prevent that problem. Just rest it on top of the pin, and tap straight down on IT. This fix takes a little finesse, and a hammer alone is not always the answer.

~ Don’t over do it. You’d be surprised at how little it actually takes to tighten things up. Go slow and keep checking. The less you flatten it the first time, the more times you’ll be able to apply this fix later on down the road.

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