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Where to buy a Kyocera or Benriner mandoline in Toronto?

TorontoJo Sep 30, 2010 04:00 AM

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. Herb RE: TorontoJo Sep 30, 2010 04:15 AM

    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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      TorontoJo RE: Herb Sep 30, 2010 04:27 AM

      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. :)

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        Herb RE: TorontoJo Sep 30, 2010 04:34 AM

        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

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          TorontoJo RE: Herb Sep 30, 2010 04:42 AM

          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

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      ComeUndone RE: TorontoJo Sep 30, 2010 05:39 AM

      Williams Sonoma

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

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        TorontoJo RE: ComeUndone Sep 30, 2010 06:00 AM

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

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          pinstripeprincess RE: TorontoJo Sep 30, 2010 07:20 AM

          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.

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        szw RE: TorontoJo Sep 30, 2010 07:52 AM

        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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          smfan RE: szw Sep 30, 2010 10:07 AM

          Is it next to the wonton noodle shop?

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            szw RE: smfan Sep 30, 2010 11:21 AM

            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

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          cecilia RE: TorontoJo Sep 30, 2010 01:19 PM

          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.

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            smfan RE: TorontoJo Nov 8, 2010 05:30 PM

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

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              TorontoJo RE: smfan Nov 9, 2010 02:16 AM

              Ooh, this is perfect, thank you!

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              sbug206 RE: TorontoJo Nov 8, 2010 08:20 PM

              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

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                SMOG RE: TorontoJo Nov 22, 2010 10:40 AM

                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

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