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French Mandoline.. Bron Coucke Classic, or Bron Coucke Professional?

Hi all

I'm going to replace my very old V slicer with a proper mandoline in the next couple of weeks & am wondering if any of you might have the Bron Coucke classic mandoline, or the Bron Coucke professional mandoline?

The classic ( first link) is cheaper, but does has a plastic guard much like my V slicer guard that's become quite nicked from constant use. So, I'm a bit unsure if I'll be spending my money wisely buying a French mandoline with a plastic guard?

http://www.leevalley.com/us/garden/pa...

The professional Bron Coucke (link below) is all stainless save for the small black knob on the pusher/guard. I'm leaning towards buying the professional, as I think it would be a better investment, but would like to get some opinions from any of you that might own either one of the madolines, before I go ahead & make my purchase.

http://citychef.ca/xcart/customer/pro...

Thank you

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  1. Husband got the professional Bron about 15+ years ago. He uses it regularly & loves it.

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    1. re: Stephanie Wong

      Thanks Stephanie, good to know.

      1. re: Stephanie Wong

        She on the other hand is afraid of it.

        1. re: Stephanie Wong

          I got a used Bron Original in excellent condition from Amazon for $97. The standard Bron comes with a 38-blade set.

          However, many Bron owners are unaware that there are two other blade sets available for about $40 each. So, with the money saved buying mine used, I also bought the two optional blades sets--a 44 blade and a 60 blade.

          Altogether, I paid $191 with the S&H included.

          One advantage with a Bron is that their users can sharpen the blades themselves instead of buying new blades. Being elderly, my Bron will outlast me.

          I grow sweet potatoes in my garden for me and my two dogs. The Bron can slice them up to 1/2 inch for dog treats.

        2. I did not know of this brand when I was looking for mine. I bought the OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline and I'm very happy with it and it was only 40$, not 150$ or 250$. I find that a V blade requires less effort to slice. I found this video which may help you see what I mean although you've a a V blade before.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaqLQU... The only advantage I can see from the Bron Coucke models is that you can sharpen the blades yourself... very difficult if not impossible on a V blade but, a good sharpening stone is very expensive so you also have to consider that additional cost.

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          1. re: jpf55

            Thanks jpf55. I watched your link, including many others, & have "almost" decided I'm now going to replace my 23 yr old Borner V slicer, with the latest model Borner V Slicer. I happened to come across the Borner video on youtube, & noticed the newer slicing insert gives the option of three thicknesses, whereas my old model has thick or thin slices only, something that has always irked me when wanting slices inbetween.

            The Bron madoline is very tempting, & I did have my heart set on replacing my v slicer with a Bron, but the fact the blade needs to be sharpened regularly, (according to the videos) is a turn off for me. I don't want to fuss with sharpening a slicer blade, I have enough problems sharpening my da** knife blades. My borner blade may be old & knicked, but it still cuts a near perfect slice. Thats gotta say something about the brand being reliable.

            1. re: Joyfull

              The blade will remain in good shape for many years, depending on how often and what you use it on. We've been thinking of replacing ours for about two years. It's still serviceable as is, new costs about $40.00, and obviously we haven't rushed to by a new blade.

          2. Don't make a choice based on the guard. Buy a mandoline, buy a cut proof glove and then throw the guard away.

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            1. re: GeezerGourmet

              Thanks GeezerGourmet.
              Well, I'm dating myself here, but, in 97, (my retirement yr) the cut proof gloves that were manditory in the meat & deli dept. of my workplace, were big & cumbersome, & most employees would only wear the glove if management was hanging around. The rest of the time, they used no glove.
              Knowing myself how clumsy the gloves were, unless they've become a lot more streamline in the past 15 yrs, I doubt I'd ever use one.

              1. re: Joyfull

                The new ones fit, well, like a glove. Try one, your fingers will still be around to like it.

                1. re: GeezerGourmet

                  Thanks for that. I'll be sure to check them out.

                  1. re: Joyfull

                    No gloves, minimal cuts. Just don't drink too much wine during prep!

                2. re: Joyfull

                  Hi,
                  I bought the OXO Chef's Mandoline Slicer a couple of years ago, and I'm very satisfied with it. I especially like the fact that it is essentially in one piece: to change a function you turn a dial.

                  1. re: bcc

                    Thanks bcc!

              2. I have the Bron Professional and frankly don't use it much. I pull out my inexpensive Benriner when ever I feel the need for a mandoline.

                The good thing about the Bron is that the stand makes it sturdy when slicing hard root vegetables and it does allow the waffle cut. The blade appears to be made from the same stainless as the body of the mandoline which is not a great steel for a sharp edge to remain sharp

                1. I have the Bron and love it for potatoes, especially in tortilla espanola, where they need to be uniform. (DH thinks this is cheating).
                  I use the cut glove and would be less some fingers without it. Been using the blade for years without sharpening, and I even think I have some nicks in it. And you can adjust your thickness. Can you do that with plastic types?
                  Only drawback is, you need to clean and dry it ASAP, like a good knife.