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Oct 23, 2007 12:27 PM

the best v slicer (handheld)?

I'd like one for making the really thin slices I can't do consistantly with my knife. Just a handheld, I've no room to store a mondoline.

Which one?

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  1. Not a V but the Benriner Japanese mandoline is my favorite to use.

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    1. re: scubadoo97

      yes, but as I said, I DON'T WANT a mandoline.

      1. re: Diana

        What could be smaller than the slicer listed above? It does not have feet. It does not have a box to catch the slices. It is about as compact and efficient as you can get.

      2. re: scubadoo97

        So you prefer this to a mandoline? I am getting one soon or so I thought.I want to be able to slice super as in paper thin veggies, and meat if it will. Not so caring about other fancy cuts.
        Can you tell me, what do you cut with it? Any pictures of your creations?

      3. I have two: a Borner V Slicer that I've had for 20 years or so. It's relatively inexpensive, durable & versatile. I recommend it without reservation. Also have a Feemster slicer which is dirt cheap ($9.95) but not as versatile as the Borner. It's tiny, whereas the Borner is compact, but larger than the Feemster. Google them & see for yourself.

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        1. re: rfneid

          From what I can see a V- slicer is still a mandoline though the design is slightly. The Benriner that scubadoo97 mentions, takes up less space than any V slicer that I know.

          1. re: chocolateman

            Read my post..I want a handheld v slicer. Even just a normal slicer is fine, but I need a handheld one! I just wwant opinions on brands.

            like this

            1. re: Diana

              I have a Borner v-slicer that is about 8 or 9 years old and I love it. Seems to be just as sharp as when I first bought it and I use it regularly.

              1. re: flourgirl

                flourgirl, I am interested in slicing super thin slices. Is this slicers able to get that paper thin, see thru thin?

                1. re: chef chicklet

                  Hmmm. Paper thin huh? I don't want to swear that it can. I've never needed to do that. What it has is one "V" shaped insert, which slices thin (1/16") on one side and thick on the other. I have found that by varying the pressure I exert on the piece holding the food that I can somewhat control the thickness (or thinness) of whatever it is I'm slicing . I guess it would also depend on what you were slicing - some things will be easier to slice with little pressure on the holder.

                  But I'm thinking if you really need paper thin slices there's probably better tools out there.

                  1. re: flourgirl

                    Thanks, for that. Yes paper thin to thicker. I'm not worried about storage space. Costs? Yes but I want a good product for the money. I don't need two slicers though so I'm hoping to get a versatile tool which I can use in different applications. Thanks for responding!

              2. re: Diana

                The Microplane looks like about the same size as the Borner, which doesn't have the handle on the top. Operates the same, though. The Microplane looks great. Their other products are excellent so I don't think you can go wrong with that one.

                1. re: rfneid

                  The more I look at it, the more I agree with you! I love my little microplane zester-thing.

                  1. re: Diana

                    When my Borner wears out (if it ever does - I may just have to declare it worn out) I'll get the Microplane. Like you, I love the others I have - including my woodworking Microplanes - for which they were originally made.

                2. re: Diana

                  Hmmm,,,, (adds to Xmas list)

                  The OP might want to look at Kyocera's ceramic slicers -- https://secure.kyoceraadvancedceramic....

                  I've had the double edged and both sizes of string slicers for years. they do an excellent job on any veg or fruit I've tried. I also have the Benreiner V-slicer whose thinnest slice is about twice as thick as the Kyocera.

                      1. re: Diana

                        It wont work for me either, but if you have a WS store near you, they carry them. I bought one, tried it, took it back. I really didn't care for it.

                        1. re: Diana

                          Try this, apparently they don't let you link directly to the slicer page.

                          Navigate to kitchen tools then slicers.

                      2. re: Diana

                        "Read my post..I want a handheld v slicer. Even just a **normal slicer** is fine..."

                        Instead of referring everyone to your original post, why don't you look closer at the item everyone is talking about!


                        As correctly pointed out already, there are no feet on the Benriner. It is handheld and meant to be used over a bowl.

                        The best part is I paid 16 bucks for mine at Marukai...

                        1. re: Joe Blowe

                          I suppose I could hook it on a wall hanger or something....

                          How do you think it compares to the microplane?

                          1. re: Diana

                            From the pictures it would seem that the microplane is a little smaller than the benriner. The benriner can produce juliennes and waffle cuts which it doesn't seem that the microplane can do.
                            The food holder appears more practical on the microplane (it's not really useable on the benriner).

                            1. re: chocolateman

                              No waffle cuts from the Benriner that I have but does very good thin slices and juiennes.

                            2. re: Diana

                              I've had my benriner for over 12 years, it works great, very thin slices and other cuts. I have hand held it and placed it over a bowl to equal excellent performance. I do have several MicroPlane products and they are good, but the V slicer does look small. I have made zuccini ribbons on my benriner but the microplane doesn't look as if it could handle that.

                              It is a very good product.

                        2. re: chocolateman

                          Looking at the Benriner on the website, it looks almost identical to the Borner, except for the blade. Since they don't give dimensions, it's hard to say if it's larger or smaller. With the attachments I have, my Borner does take up more space than the Benriner seems to, but it's still much smaller than most mandolines I've seen.

                      3. I have a Borner and like it a lot.

                        1. You can do better than a v-slicer.

                          The Borner one-piece classic - I have several mandolines, but this two-sided blade piece of steel is my workhorse I keep on my counter. It is ergonomic - it has a handle fitted into it. It used to be sold at Kitchens Etc. (sigh).