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Shortly before I finished up using it to slice up some potatoes (which didn't seem to hold a consistent thickness), I was stupid and tried to clear a jam by pushing the potato through the blade with my thumb. I didn't expect the blade to be so sharp... My advice: never use without the gloves that are included. If you don't follow this first piece of advice, keep pressure on the cut and the base of the finger to cut off the blood supply if you can. Avoid ibuprofen for the pain as it thins the blood and can worsen the bleeding.
I have only used for slicing, so I can't review the julien or fries aspect. Slicing was to my liking. It is a little dangerous with the flip up design of the slicing board. And it will not slice the last 1/4 inch of the product.
Without instructions I don't know if I'm using it correctly. I could not get the fruit (apples) onto the holder. I do, however, love having the gloves. I can't comment on the sturdiness because I have only recently bought it.
Packaging was not good, instructions were missing and only one glove was packaged. The product does what I purchased it for, making chips. It cut the potatoes and other root vegetables the appropriate thickness.