Swissmar Borner V-Slicer Plus Julienne Mandoline Food Slicer

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Swissmar Borner V-Slicer Plus JulienneWith sharp V-shaped blades, settings for thick and thin slicing, and a simple design that produces bowls of full width chips or julienned vegetables in minutes, the V-Slicer from Swissmar Borner has a faithful following and no shortage of satisfied customers. Whether you will like this simplified mandoline will depend on how well you adapt to several shortcomings in this economical machine.

Two interchangeable inserts control the thickness settings: one 1/4" and one 1/8" plate. The V-shaped blade itself does come razor sharp, and holds up well, but is not replaceable or practical to sharpen. Tender veggies like onions and zucchini often work up well with the V-slicer but tougher produce like potatoes take more effort and more caution. Too much pressure causes the ABS plastic bed to flex and results in thicker cuts, with a tendency to jam the machine.

With narrow veggies like carrots and zucchini you can't work from tip to stalk without risking your fingers on the very sharp cutters. The safety handle/holder that grips veggies won't securely hold long sections, and dividing these types of veggies into short grippable lengths adds to the amount that remains behind as "handle" pieces. This safety grip is also a little slick, with notched edges that help dig into larger items such as potatoes, and contribute to the grip's tendency to slip out of your hand when you need it most.

If you need a light duty machine and have a light touch the V-Slicer may fit your needs perfectly. If your touch is heavy and you expect machines to do more than the designers intended, you should consider something bigger, in stainless steel.

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