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Swissmar Borner Pro Mandoline v-4000? Anyone own it?

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As you can probably tell, I'm spending this afternoon researching mandolines. I saw this video some time ago and really wanted it, but I can't figure out how/where to purchase it: http://www.swisscatalogue.com:8181/sw...

I've emailed Swissmar Borner, but I think I emailed a year ago about this same product and never got a reply.

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  1. It doesn't look like they're still making the V-4000, but Amazon has the V-5000 for about $40. http://www.amazon.com/Swissmar-Borner...

    I have an older Borner mandoline. I'm not sure of the model number, but it's been a real trouper. The blades are still razor sharp after a lot of use.

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    1. re: JonParker

      I found a v-4000 on eBay--but now I hesitate: is there a REASON it's not for sale here anymore? But that Swissmar video sure makes it look impressive.

      Edit: I found reviews on Kitchen Auditions and while they recommended it, it doesn't do potato slices thin enough for potato chips--and that's something I'd really like to try. Otherwise, it sounds perfect.

      The Benriner DOES do very thin slices--but it's too small for most vegetables. What to do...

      1. re: Thanks4Food

        Hmm. That's odd, because I once tried microwave potato chips, just to see how they tasted. I used my Borner and it did the job. They weren't thin like classic Lay's, but they weren't really thick kettle chips, either. Somewhere in between? Don't know which model I have, but it's not the 5000.

        1. re: DuffyH

          You know, that's what I'm wondering about too. Maybe I'd find them thin enough. I"m not a big potato chip eater (too dangerous) but I would like to try those microwaved chips.

          The one for sale on eBay does have a 14 day return policy, so maybe I'll give it a shot.

          But ever since I saw this video (someone posted on another thread) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrhNwK... I've been lusting after it--the problem is that they don't seem to be for sale here in the States.

          1. re: Thanks4Food

            There's one on eBay. For $109. But hey, it's imported from Portugal, so there's that extra cachet.

            Seriously, I found the nuked chips more of a curiosity than a practical way to bake chips. First, it takes about 8-10 minutes, depending on your oven. Second, because the chips can't overlap at all, the number you can bake at one time is limited, on the order of 10-12 chips.

            But still, the Borner V-Slicer has been around a long time and remains an excellent item.

            CI rated this Oxo unit it's winner, it looks very much like the Tupperware model. The advantages I see over the Borner is a dial, and smaller blades to handle and store. And it's cheaper.

            http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-V-Bla...