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Which Benriner Mandoline?

  • CindyJ Jun 14, 2013 07:21 AM
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From the discussions here, the consensus seems to be that the Benriner mandoline is the one to buy. But I'm a little confused about the distinctions in the products offered on Amazon.com. Maybe it's a matter of semantics, but there's a "Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer" http://www.amazon.com/Benriner-BN1-Ja...; a "Benriner Vegetable Slicer" http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Import...; a "Benriner Japanese Mandolin Vegetable Slicer" http://www.amazon.com/Benriner-Japane...; and a "Japanese Mandolin Benriner Fruit Vegetable Slicer #0815" http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Mandol.... Then there's also the "Benriner Wide-Body Large Slicer" http://www.amazon.com/Benriner-BN3-Wi... Are these different names for the same product (except the wide-body), or are they essentially the same product with different names? Do I want/need the wide-body version or is the standard size okay? Can anyone help me sift through this? Thanks!

BTW, I plan to get a Kevlar glove, too.

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  1. I'm going through that myself, and while you've probably already bought it by now, these pages with reviews are very useful.

    ORIGINAL BENRINER (smaller model)

    http://www.kitchenaudition.com/?page_...

    SUPER BENRINER
    http://www.kitchenaudition.com/?page_...

    They summarize the differences at the top of the SUPER BENRINER review page as follows:

    "The Super Benriner Mandoline (3 3/4″ wide cutting deck) ... The smaller, ‘original’ (usually green) Benriner has a 2 1/2″ wide cutting deck ... Largest of all is the Jumbo Benriner, which has a 4 3/4″ wide cutting deck and performs slicing only."

    and in the end they prefer the original size Benriner to the Super (which they don't recommend).

    6 Replies
    1. re: upscalebohemian

      I bought the Original Benriner and so far I've been pretty pleased with it. Now I'm thinking about buying the food pusher recommended in the product review.

      1. re: CindyJ

        I didn't find the food pusher recommended in review fit the Original Benriner securely. Although the manuf. says it fits (and they quote 1/2 the price as Amazon btw) it doesn't. And you'll notice on Amazon that food pusher is sold and recommended with the same manuf as their own model mandoline.

        I returned the food pusher to Amazon, took my Benriner to Bed Bath & Beyond to make sure the food pusher I purchased would fit. So far, no go. So I use a safety glove.

        1. re: HillJ

          From using the OXO Good Grips Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer ($14+) before this one I never expected the Borner Food Safety Holder to "fit" anything.

          The OXO hand protector doesn't "fit" the OXO unit until you snap it on to store it, and I expect the Borner Food Safety Holder would work quite well with the Benriner from watching it in use in videos on Youtube.

          Alice Waters uses a Benriner in a video with Julia Child without any hand protector at all. This is a fantastic video clip, and the salads she does for Julia Child are stellar. I especially love the shaved fennel and mushroom salad in the video, as does everyone I've made it for. Have a look:

          http://video.pbs.org/video/2256997673/

          Personally I like the Microplane glove, but given that my OXO worked great about six times before it was dull and the body flexed to one side where it was adjustable so it didn't cut pieces evenly or well anymore, I'm keeping the hand protector off OXO and have thrown away the rest.

          The Borner Food Safety Holder is actually pretty inexpensive until you factor in the shipping.

          http://www.amazon.com/Borner-V-2008-F...

          1. re: upscalebohemian

            It didn't work for me. I still have the Benriner mandoline and the safety glove was my only option. Maybe there was some manuf. issue that prevented the Benriner Original to fit the Borner Food Safety Holder to work in my case. Which is why I returned it. This was some time ago so I'm sticking with the glove at this point.

            And thanks for the video link...I'll watch it during lunch!

          2. re: HillJ

            I did get Kevlar safety gloves when I bought the mandoline, but I don't love using them. Oh well, if the Borner food holder doesn't work well with the Benriner, I guess I'll stick with the glove.

            1. re: CindyJ

              I agree the safety glove isn't ideal. I've taken to using protective garden gloves because they fit snugger and I have small hands. But, I prefer a holder which is why I also own a model that came with one. I use the Benriner for certain recipes and this model for many others:

              http://www.amazon.com/De-Buyer-Swing-...

              I didn't want to go OT on the Benriner but perhaps you'll find this recommendation useful at some point too.