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Safest mandolin?

I'm deadly afraid of mandolins, but I've resolved to go through some of my fears in 2014, so I need your advice: what brand is the safest?

I don't care about the price since it's a belated Christmas gift from me to me...

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  1. A friend of mine bought an electric mandolin from QVC. I am going to use/try it next Monday, I'll report back.

    I have a manual one (Emeril's), but I have to put the blade on each time I use it, so I don't think it's very safe. They kind of scare me as well and I am a seasoned cook.

    I do my potaotes in my FP, but they don't slice them as thin as I like them for my gratins this way.

    Good luck!

    www.saffron215.blogspot.com

    1. I recommend you ask this question on the Cookware board.

      1. Have a low end mandolin that I've had for YEARS... maybe Mouli?? Has 3 snap-in things for different cuts. One does 2 different thicknesses of just slices, one does match sticks, one does sorta smallish "french fry" cut.

        Blade is still SCAREY sharp, so when food item gets even REMOTELY close to it, I pop on the guard.

        SIL used to sell Pampered Chef stuff and swears by their V-slicer.

        1. Get yourself a Kevlar glove right along with your Mandolin, it will add a lot of protection to your knuckles. You will be happy you did! :-)

          1. Many are sold with guards and gliders that attach to the food you are slicing. Coupled with a protective glove you should be well protected and prepared. Most folks make the mistake of gliding too quickly, getting over confident towards the shorter end of the food they are cutting, not wearing a protective glove or not using the glider attachment at all.

            My hands tremor and I use a mandolin with the glider attachment.

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            1. re: HillJ

              I have a nasty scar on my left hand from getting over-confidant (read: cocky) in cutting the nub end of a potato on the mandoline, sans glove or glider. Use both. Bloody sliced potatoes are gauche.

              1. re: pine time

                "Bloody sliced potatoes are gauche."

                Pinetime, you just made my day. I can't wait use that in conversation!

                1. re: Hobbert

                  I stole it from an ER doc who was stitching up the hole in the webbing by my thumb. It was a different incident from the mandolin debacle: I was young, stupid, and couldn't find the corkscrew. Thought I could stab through the cork & pull it out. Stabbed, absolutely, but my hand. ER doc, when hearing I bled all over the cooked steak and the wine glasses, said "how gauche." I have scar covered hands. It's only in the past decade or so that I've actually acquired (a) sense, and (b) some knife skills.

                  1. re: pine time

                    pine t, you've also acquired the stories to tell. Cautionary tales are always worthwhile :)