Clean your Kuhn Rikon paring knife with water and detergent if it is dirty and dry it thoroughly. Never sharpen a damp blade.
Place the sharpener on a level surface.
Raise the sharpener's lid and grasp the device from behind the hand guard. (reference 1).
Place the blade into the slot, positioning it so that the handle is next to the edge of the slot. (reference 1).
Pull the blade evenly through the sharpener until the tip passes through the device. Do not thrust it forward; pull it back from the handle to the tip.
Apply gentle pressure, rather than bearing down on the knife to force it through the sharpener. Keep the blade parallel to the work surface.
Repeat this five to 10 times to fully sharpen the paring knife.