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Jan 11, 2014 10:50 AM

Can you recommend a mandolice slicer please?

I have taken to chinese cookery and have found myself in need fo a mandoline slicer. I need something that is relatively inexpensive has adjustable settings and can do julienne cuts. Oh, and that is easy to adjust and clean as well.

I have doen some research and it seems like the Benriner japanese hand held mandoline slicer seems to be one of the best. Is this the case? If not can you recommend something else please?

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  1. I'm NOT an expert reference, but have an inexpensive mandoline that I like. Have had it for YEARS... think it's a Mouli?? Has 3 triangular shaped inserts... thin/thick slices, match sticks, and "fries". Like I said, have had it for YEARS and still super sharp... definitely use guard-thingie to keep fingers AWAY from blade. I'm sure it was not more than $20 new!?! SIL used to do Pampered chef demos and swears by their V-slicer... me not so much.

    One of those things I don't use everyday, but won't part with. Makes QUICK work of potatoes for scalloped.

    1. The Benriner is a joy. I would recommend getting the wider model though at $40, it's almost twice the cost of the standard width.

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      1. re: pocketviking

        That's the one I have; a friend wanted one and Sur La Table said they would match Amazon's price (I have not actually tried that).

        Be sure to use with a cut resistant glove!!

        1. re: pocketviking

          You can get the main blade sharpened, but maybe not the crosscut blades. At least my sharpeners declined to do it, and they do most of their sharpening for restaurants.

        2. I heard (from many people who I respect) that Benriner mandolines are excellent. I have heard that most Americans prefer the large Benriner and find the regular Benriner to be too small.

          It is unfortunate that the Benriner mandolice is kind of expensive -- especially that it is actually an old model. I guess no one else has come up with a better design, so Benriner has no reason to lower the price.

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          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            I have heard quite good feedback from a lot of owners too. The large one tends to be not as good with tomatoes apparently (compared to the small one). But then again I dont intend to cut tomatoes with it. I do agree that it is a shame that the price is so high. I have searched all over the internet but it seems that everyone is aware of its popularity and keeps the prices high. Another bit of advice I have been given is to replace the guard with a Borner one. Apparently the latter can be gripped better.

          2. I love my Berliner. I don't know where you live but here is a good tip. Go find one at an Asian market or at amazon. I got mine for a lot cheaper at my Japanese grocery store. It's been yrs since the purchase but I remember seeing it at Sur La Table for triple or double the price.

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            1. re: trolley

              I live in UK and am actually planning to have a trip at the local China Town in Manchester so I will keep my eyes peeled for one of these. Hopefully it will be a bit cheaper.

              One thing I am confused though. Is the Benriner a generic brand? One that many companies make (a bit like Laguiole knives)? I have seen so many versions of packaging on the internet.

              1. re: iliria

                Yes, the Benriner is a brand in itself. Sorry for my typo above.

            2. It's not exactly a mandoline, but I've had my Feemster slicer for 30 years. It's got a carbon steel blade that can be sharpened, adjusts easily. No guard, though, so you can really slice your fingers if you're not careful. I got a dehydrator for Christmas and have been making sweet potato chips for the dogs and haven't found anything that works as well as a chef's knife.