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Jul 4, 2012 09:32 PM

Safe Alternative to a Mandoline Slicer?

I'm looking for something to give as a gift to my young adult children - who are second generation "foodies".

I've had so many near-misses with a mandoline that could've sent me to the ER...

Is there a safer tool out these days?

Many thanks.

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  1. How young are the young adult? 18? 22?

    I guess you can get one of those food processors (like Robot Coupe), but I also think those are overkilled unless you are in the restaurant business.

    I could say a good knife, but that requires more skill than a mandoline (though I think a knife is safer). I suppose the easiest solution is to buy him/her a cut resistance glove like these:

    Of course, some of the mandolines have build-in holder, so your hand won't have to directly touch most of the food items.

      1. Chenicalkinetics wrote "I suppose the easiest solution is to buy him/her a cut resistance glove like these:"

        I think this is your best option. Get the mandoline with the glove.

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        1. re: scubadoo97

          The only gloves I would trust are the chain metal ones but they cost around $100, about the same as the mandoline!

          1. re: coll

            The chain metal ones are not just cut-resistance, they are battle ready :) The problem with the chainmail ones is that you will seriously lose your dexterity.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              You're probably right, I only use them for cleaning. But those cloth ones, at least the ones I've seen in stores, don't seem that protective; they even say something on them like they don't prevent cuts?

              1. re: coll

                <they even say something on them like they don't prevent cuts?>

                No, they don't. They just make it a bit harder. Think of it like you get skin as thick as a bufflao. A lion claw can still can cut through the bufflao skin, but it will take much more effort than comparing to cutting through a human skin. Or better yet, think of it like wearing leather jacket when riding a motocycle. It help reduce injury if you ever fall off the bike.

                <I only use them for cleaning>

                What did you clean which requires a metal chainmail protection?

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  Professional slicers, at a deli. They provide them, so I use them, although most don't.

        2. Thanks for all the responses. I may get some gloves, too!!

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          1. re: Chispa

            Yeah, I think the gloves are probably the best option (out of the ones I have mentioned -- agree with scubadoo). This is because it is the most flexible option. A minor detail, but for a mandoline, all you need is one glove. So if cost is an issue, just get one (for the hand which hold the food against the blade).

          2. My Japanese mandoline was only $25 and came with a plastic 'holder' to keep your fingers away from the smaller items you're slicing. The holder isn't the easiest thing to work with on odd shapes, but it DOES the job well.