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Some mixed reviews on this produce of which some are downright missleading. EG. Dangerous as it does not have a safe directional holder fot the last slices-YES IT DOES, the nylon holder provided has two ridges which slide beautifully along the body of the slicer. I regularly use it when I am getting down to the last few slices on the sweet potatoe that I am slicing,and I regularly get down to the last slice with no prob. And I do a lot of sweet potatoes 8 at a time to make the nices chrisps you ever tasted and without any rubbish addatives, in my dehydrator. Find a plastic box to place the slicer accross- the Morrisons klip and lock 1Ltr food storer is perfect, the slicer latches on to it and is very stable-Slice away!!!. Yes and take the basic sensible precations when using it and dont use it as a cricket bat. David Sorry for any spelling errors, never my strong point!
This is by far the best Mandolins out there. It is handheld, super sharp and just superb. We even managed to break one already but were so impressed with it regardless that we went and got the OXO one but didn't like it as much so ended up getting another one of these Kyocera ones.
It is fast and very simple to use. I do find the hand protector thing a bit fiddly to use so don't use that bit so much...to the detriment of one of my fingers! But even with this as an issue, I still can't recommend it enough. In fact, going to be getting it for my Father in Law who has a wrist problem at the moment.
I have used this to chop stuff for salads, to blanch super thin onions, it is a wonder on fennel...it really makes you add more stuff to salads because it cuts the chopping times that it doesn't feel like such a chore to create lots of dishes. The adjustable width for chopping is fantastic too.
Received this and tried to slice a tomato - complete failure! Initial impression therefore was of a somewhat flimsy plastic device unsuitable for purpose. Then I read that it was not suitable for tomatoes and so I tried it on harder potatoes and cucumber where it provided excellent results! Now pleased with the product - blade is very sharp. Plastic is very flexible but it doesn't seem to matter.
This is the second mandolin of this make and model that I own. The first one broke at the handle after about 5 years of use and that's the only thing that was wrong with it the whole time. The blade is terrifically sharp and NEVER dulls. I like that it sits flat in a drawer and is compact enough (and requires no setup) that I never hesitate to use it.
The product is sharp, easy to adjust and clean, and doesn't take much storage space. However, it's handling is not quite ideal - it's designed to sit over a bowl, but it's best used at an angle which is not achievable if placed horizontally over the lip of a bowl. Bottom line, I use mine all the time, but if you have a little more money to splash and storage space, consider investing in a proper mandoline with a stand and different blade options.
The ceramic blade on the Kyocera slicer is fantastically sharp but the plastic holder/hand guard is slightly fiddly. This lead me to attempt slicing a potatoe holding it only with my fingers, not recommended! Great slicer but if you want to avoid bloodshed use the holder thingy. Delivery was a disappointment, estimated delivery 17th December, actual delivery 5th Jan.