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Where to buy a Kyocera or Benriner mandoline in Toronto?

I'm looking to buy one of the following two mandolines:

Kyocera adjustable:
http://www.amazon.com/Kyocera-CSN-202...

Super Beriner
http://www.amazon.com/Super-Benriner-...

Has anyone spotted one of these two somewhere around Toronto (T&T? Tap Phong?)? Cayne's doesn't carry either of them. I would imagine that either a Japanese or Chinese store would be my best bet, but it would be a great help to narrow down the search to a couple of stores.

Oh, and any leads on kevlar gloves would be great, too!

Thanks for any help!

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Tap Phong
360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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  1. Have you tried Tap Phong on Spadina or Sanko on Queen?

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    Sanko
    730 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    Tap Phong
    360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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    1. re: Herb

      No, though both are on my list of likely targets. I was just hoping that someone has actually seen these somewhere so I don't have to make a fruitless trip. I would normally just call around, but I find there is a bit of a language barrier at most of the Asian stores, and my Mandarin is pretty useless for anything beyond ordering dumplings or asking my mom how she's doing today. :)

      1. re: TorontoJo

        I've seen Benriners at both. They keep them at the front sales desk at TP. Mine was $27 but that was at least 5 years ago. Sanko is a Japanese store btw and TP Vietnamese, so your Mandarin won't matter.

        And if you're worried about slicing your fingers off, tape them up first!

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        Sanko
        730 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

        1. re: Herb

          Ah, thanks for the Benriner sightings! And yes, I was aware that Sanko is Japanese (though I didn't realize that TP was Vietnamese!). That was just a general comment about trying to use my Chinese in Chinese stores -- it's pretty much a non starter.

          And I found kevlar gloves at Lee Valley. I've read lots of reviews that say the Benriner hand guards are pretty useless and to just use a glove instead. Seemed like good advice.

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          Sanko
          730 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          Lee Valley
          590 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

    2. Williams Sonoma

      Unless that's a very non-chowhound suggestion. :D

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      1. re: ComeUndone

        Have you seen either of these at Williams Sonoma? I just checked their web site and they don't list either Benriner or Kyocera.

        1. re: TorontoJo

          williams sonoma used to carry the kyoceras (picked one up before), it seems like they no longer do.

          you might want to give nickolau a call though i'd expect they'd only have the benriner if they had any. i'd be really surprised if nella cucina didn't carry either, our local version of williams sonoma.

      2. I just picked up the small benriner (they had the large also) at a new store in market village (the little mall behind pacific mall). 30 bucks plus a 20 percent grand opening discount (cash).

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        1. re: szw

          Is it next to the wonton noodle shop?

          1. re: smfan

            I believe so. Not exactly sure, its in the westmost wing. Its a nice store, a lot of stuff there! Everything was 20 percent off

        2. I bought the regular size Benriner model at William Ashley's kitchenware department. They have always had that every time I went. It was about $30. Not sure if they have the large size.

          I agree the hand guard is pretty useless. I usually slice off the tip of my fingernails every time I use the slicer. Kevlar gloves is a good idea.

          1. Saw the Super Beriner at the new Galleria at 865 York Mills Road for $45 if you are still interested.

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            1. re: smfan

              Ooh, this is perfect, thank you!

            2. Golda's Kitchen carries Kyocera products. Their store is out in Mississauga by 401/Winston Churchill.

              http://www.goldaskitchen.com/merchant...

              I've also seen Kyocera knives at The Cook's Place on the Danforth but I don't recall the mandoline.

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              Golda's Kitchen
              2885 Argentia Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N, CA

              1. I've been looking for one as well. I've seen them at Nella Cucina on Bathurst (just north of Bloor). Certainly not cheap (I think about $75 for the Super Benriner). I've seen them online for good prices and will probably end up going that route.

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                Nella Cucina
                876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA