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Summary: This one works the way the others are supposed to. Buy cut resistant gloves rather than using the handpiece.
Long version: When I was a kid, my mum bought a mandolin of the 'JML/as seen on TV' type, and it lay at the back of the cupboard unused. I spent £40 on a mid-top range one from my local kitchen store. It was better, but still didn't live up to expectations.
This one is exactly what I'm after. Potatoes, onions, carrots... It treats them like air. The main blade is ridiculously sharp, as are the julienne blades. Hold veg, rub up and down over plate - sliced veg. It's THAT simple and quick.
Seeing some comments about the fixings, the main body of the one I received was plastic, but all of the holding nuts were metal.
Two very VERY minor anti points...
a) The finger guard is strong, but you're still very close to the TEETH OF DEATH. If you're *not* looking to get long julienne strands (by slicing veg lengthways) then just use a pair of cut resistant gloves and leave the guard in the box. The gloves really do work, and you get a much better sense of what you're doing with the cutter by holding the veg directly in your hand.
b) The julienne blades are quite short - the max depth you can use them at is about 3mm - don't go thinking you're going to use this for making chips.
Looking at other reviews, the company has been around for a while and Grunwerg has a branch in Sheffield - I doubt I'll need to think about this for a while, but it looks like there wouldn't be a problem buying spare blades for this.
Bought this when I got married... 21 one years ago. It lasted perfectly all these years but I decided to reinvest in a new one as I had lost two screws. Over the years, I bought so many other gadgets (expensive kitchen robots) but they are so difficult to wash after use and take too much space in the kitchen. With a bit of practice, one can use this vegetable slicer and prep all kind of vegetables in no time at all. My only advice is to be very careful with your finger tips and nails, as the blade is so sharp.
I love this. It slices/juliennes like magic. It's SO MUCH BETTER than any other ones that I had. That said, it is NOT SAFE. You can't use the guard with everything (ie Cabbage). I've injured myself with cheaper models, and I almost did the same with this one - and as it is much sharper you WILL lose some skin from your fingertips. If you're clumsy (like I am), or even if you're not, I recommend that you also get some cut gloves, and only operate the mandoline with them.
Excellent product. I'm a professional chef and this is the genuine item and industry standard. These will be found in most kitchens both in Britain and the US, undoubtedly worldwide. Accept no other Japanese mandolin. Arrived on time and packaged well.
It's like a Japanese motorcycle, just well made. It's a no frills item that does all you want. No silly draws full of bits you never use. I also have the spiral one which I turn with my cordless drill and you can do bowels & bowels with it for coleslaw, veg noodles & so on. Bought this for quick garnish, sandwich etc. My wife is oriental so we eat a lot of wrapped & stir fry so she will be pleased with this too. Top marks to Amazon who got it here in 4 days to the Azores.
I had an old one of these for 30+ years and although the blade was chipped, and the attachments were broken, it was still razor-sharp! I simply decided it was time to get a new one for the next thirty years (which should see me out) ... it gets a massive amount of use!
I've used a number of different mandolins and this Benriner is simply the most efficient and best slicer.
The beauty of this model is that you can adjust the thinness of the slices by turning the small button on the back of the mandolin to raise or lower the top part of the mandolin. It's therefore effortless to set your desired slice size and with no additional parts, so simple to clean.
You receive three blades for juliennes. I inserted the medium blade to julienne a carrot and I was simply amazed that a) this mandolin could actually julienne it properly and without applying huge force and b) that the juliennes were perfect. Passing the "carrot test," which my other mandolins could not manage, indicated that I was working with a quality product.
I've since used it for slicing shallots, tomatoes, lemons and cabbage, all of which it managed beautifully. Incidentally I set the blade to the thinnest slice size and sliced a lemon, the result was so thin, it was like a microscope specimen.
Some other reviewers have cast doubt on the efficiency of the accompanying finger guard. It's not brilliant compared to those with a larger plunger style grip but it does work, better with some things than others.
As a product the only negative thing I can say about it is that it's a little thin for larger items but so far, that's not been a problem for me.
In regards to the shopping experience, buyers should be aware that if you purchase this from Amazon reseller EIKOKUJIN NI AKIHABARA [ Send Tokyo style ] who are based in Japan, there is a high probability that you will be charged VAT and a Post Office handling charge before your delivery is made. In my case this totalled £18.85! There was no mention of this anywhere on the Amazon order page. So while the product is excellent, I would strongly recommend purchasing from a UK based supplier. You will pay less in the end.
This product is fantastic! It cuts even tough vegetables very easily, and the blades are easily adjusted via a screw to exactly the dimensions specified, paper thin. The product is very easily washed as the Julianne blades come out separately and the mandolin itself opens to reveal the tricky to reach areas. The only downside is the width of the mandolin but this doesn't deter me as it excels in every other area. Moreover, the seller is very courteous and it was dispatched and delivered weeks before the stated time without any customs charges. 9/10!