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Kyocera Mandoline: Anyone else unhappy?

arielleeve Nov 4, 2013 07:14 PM

We got our Kyocera mandoline a few years ago, and at the time I loved it. Recently, I feel like it's not as sharp. There is one spot on it that the food keeps snagging, so I never get a clean cut, I always have to pull it out from the other side and it causes the edges to be jagged.

Anyone else have this problem? I was looking into mandoline reviews because I'm thinking about replacing it, and all I can find is glowing recommendations of the Kyocera. So I'm wondering if anyone else had a similar experience as mine?

Right now, I'm looking into this one as a replacement: http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/10/ga...

Any input would be appreciated! I had ordered a Benriner last year on Amazon btu returned it because it was so big and bulky, especially with the attachments. Just didn't have the room to store it. I definitely like how compact, light, and easy to use the Kyocera is. And it seems like this Microplane is similar on those points...

ETA: It was the Swissmar Borner, not the Benriner that I had gotten last year.

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  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: arielleeve Nov 4, 2013 07:28 PM

    < There is one spot on it that the food keeps snagging, so I never get a clean cut,>

    There may be a small chip. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to resharpen ceramic, so your best bet is to ask Kyocera for suggestion.

    Good luck. Sorry, my only suggestion was Benriner.

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      arielleeve RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 4, 2013 07:35 PM

      Yes, I think it is a chip. Darn. The search continues.

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        arielleeve RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 4, 2013 07:40 PM

        Just realized -- it was not the Benriner I had gotten, it was the Swissmar Borner. The Benriner looks more compact, maybe I will try it.

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          Chemicalkinetics RE: arielleeve Nov 4, 2013 07:56 PM

          Oh yes, I have seen Swissmar Borner videos. They do look a bit overly complicated -- as if they made it more complicated than it needs to be.

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            arielleeve RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 4, 2013 07:58 PM

            In my research I'm being won over by Benriner. I would guess I should be going with the super, and not the regular? Was hoping to spend less (not that $50 is a ton, just more than I was thinking I would need to spend, since the Kyocera was $20)...but it seems like the basic model wouldn't be big enough.

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              Chemicalkinetics RE: arielleeve Nov 4, 2013 08:07 PM

              Yeah, I guess it all comes down to size. If you think you will need the large size, the you will need super.

              In addition, it may depends who you are buying it from. A this point, Sur La Table is selling it for $65,

              http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

              whereas Amazon is selling it for $41:

              http://www.amazon.com/Benriner-BN3-Wi...

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        bcc RE: arielleeve Nov 5, 2013 04:06 AM

        You may want to check out the OXO mandoline slicer. It works well and is relatively compact.

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          rasputina RE: arielleeve Nov 5, 2013 05:50 AM

          I really like mine and prefer it to the metal blade free standing mandolin I have. For the 20 dollars I spent, I'd replace it with the same one if it ended up damaged. I much prefer the ceramic blade. I actually store mine in the original packaging and immediately wash it, dry and replace it when using. So far so good.

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            arielleeve RE: rasputina Nov 5, 2013 05:53 AM

            I was thinking that. My main hesitation is that I'd like something with the capability to do julienne cuts. I had high hopes for the microplane model listed above, but I'm not finding many reviews as it's a fairly new item.

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              Chemicalkinetics RE: arielleeve Nov 5, 2013 06:19 AM

              I just realize that the Microplane offers two versions of mandoline. One is a lot more expensive than the others.

              http://www.amazon.com/Microplane-4700...

              http://www.amazon.com/Microplane-Adju...

              <I had high hopes for the microplane model listed above, but I'm not finding many reviews as it's a fairly new item.>

              Maybe you can wait a bit for more reviews. Or you can call your local Sur La Table to see if you are allowed to test-drive one:

              http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

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                rasputina RE: arielleeve Nov 5, 2013 08:13 AM

                Kyocera sells a julienne one also, but it makes teeny tiny shreds. Not what I consider a julienne. I actually don't like it. I love my slicer by them though.

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                chefwong RE: rasputina Nov 5, 2013 05:54 AM

                FWIW, replacement blades for the benriner is easily found, if/when you go that route as well

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                  arielleeve RE: chefwong Nov 5, 2013 06:12 AM

                  Update: I just went on Kyocera's website and saw they have a lifetime warranty that will sharpen or replace knives with chips. I am not sure if it applies to other products, but I just emailed them to find out. If they'll replace it or sharpen the blade, that would be the best (i.e. free) option. I'll keep everyone posted on what they say! If not, I think I'm gonna go with the Benriner.

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                    Chemicalkinetics RE: arielleeve Nov 5, 2013 06:21 AM

                    <saw they have a lifetime warranty that will sharpen or replace knives with chips.>

                    Yes, it does. Even if Kyocera will replace the chipped blade, you may have to ship the product back and forth, so it won't be free-free. Just something to keep the back of your mind.

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                      chefwong RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 5, 2013 08:28 AM

                      BTW, what Ceramic Blade products do you guys actually like ?

                      I bought a Kyocera peeler. Used it for awhile. Lost it's sharpness fairly quick. It was my 1st and last ceramic product...

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                        arielleeve RE: chefwong Nov 5, 2013 08:33 AM

                        Yep, I tried the ceramic peeler and hated it. It was awful from the get-go.

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                        arielleeve RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 5, 2013 09:14 AM

                        They wrote back saying they will send me a free one -- didn't say I needed to even send back the broken one, just asked for my address. Sweet!

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                          Chemicalkinetics RE: arielleeve Nov 5, 2013 09:17 AM

                          <didn't say I needed to even send back the broken one>

                          Nice. Very nice. :)

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                            AreBe RE: arielleeve Nov 8, 2013 09:37 AM

                            Wow! Excellent customer service. My Kyocera is about a year old and is still as good as new.

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