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Kyocera CSN-182S-NGR Wide Julienne Slicer, Green
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2007
I have been using this product for a few years now. It is a very simple kitchen tool that does the job well enough in many situations. It julianne slices ginger, cucumber, carrot, and a lot of other things, especially for those that are used in bulk quantity or only for flavor. For example, when I make ginger-infused dry vermouth, I can use less ginger and still extract ginger flavor fully and quickly by julienne slicing ginger. If I'm slicing ginger by hand, I'd not bother julienne slicing and use more sliced ginger and infuse a bit longer. But this thing is handy in a situation like this. (Julienne sliced ginger is easy to remove by straining.)

For salad and garnish, I would still slice them by hand. The cut surfaces do not look as pretty compared to the results I can get easily using a very sharp vegetable knife (which is generally true for a lot of cutting tools of this type). The advantage of this tool is speed and simplicity. Again, I would not use this thing to make garnish, unless I'm cooking for a large party. But then a better option is a professional quality mandoline with a proper blade.

Among a few other good options for julienne slicing, I still rate it 4 stars because it is simple, easy to use, quick to wash and store away. Professional grade mandoline would require more work to set up and clean up. Hand cutting would require clean cutting board space. This tool requires not much more than two hands to work with.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2009
Color Name: GreenVerified Purchase
I bought this looking for something easier to store, set up, and put away than my Bron mandoline, but wound up somewhat disappointed. This is hard to store, and there's some problems with how the blades are configured.

This slicer measures 3-5/8" x 8", plus another 3-1/2" for the handle, so roughly 3-1/2" x 12" overall. That's smaller than the 6" x 16" Bron, but still pretty big, and takes a lot of room in the drawer. The bigger issue with storage is that there no way to protect the blade. The cutting guard doesn't attch in any way, and it comes packaged on a card, so there no box to keep it in. As a result, you have to hang it up or find a spot where the blades won't be damaged.

The blade configuration is the second big problem. Unlike the Bron, the vertical blades sit exposed about 1/2" in front of the horizontal blade. 40 razor sharp vertical nibs of somewhat brittle ceramic are not what I'd call a good idea. Hard to store safely--do you want ribbons sliced into your hand while fishing around in a drawer?--and hard to protect from damage.

Usage-wise, this is effective. As typical for Kyocera, the blades on this are extremely sharp. I have some Kyocera knives over 12 years old that are still razor-sharp, despite never haveing been sharped. The one caveat is that you can chip the blades if you aren't careful.

Like most mandolines, the blade guard serves more to guard against lawsuits than actually providing a way to protect your hand. Leave a stub on the vegetables you're cutting, and use a dishtowel or a cut-resistant glove to protect your hand. Because the vertical blades are exposed and not tucked under the main blade, you'll need to be very careful as you get toward the end.

Cut-wise, this works pretty well. You get a standard julienne cut. I don't know why it's call a wide julienne. The only quibble is that unless you use a lot of downward pressure, you tend to get ribbons instead of square julienne. Downward pressure is dangerous because of those exposed vertical blades. On a standard mandoline, you can adjust to compensate for that, but here you are stuck with the designed blade spacing.

In the end this loses a star for the exposed blades, and a second star for the lack of a guard for storage.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2008
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
With this you get professional thin (amazon description says 1/8" but the one that arrived was 1/10" or 0.1" compared to 0.09" for the regular julienne slicer, I don't think that makes it much different to advertise this product as giving you a "wide" julienne... the size difference is so minute that you probably won't be able to tell) julienne cuts easily and fast! It is amazing.
The finger protector is not perfect but works fine when the vegetable gets to about 2 inches high or less. Obviously, it will leave about a 1/3 inch stump you'll have to either cut yourself or use it for another time. I say this because the julienne pieces are so beautifully uniform that you'd probably want to not mix anything else :)

What's great about this product is that the blade is made from ceramic with some kind of high tech diamond sharpened technology and it sure is sharp! And they don't rust or corrode and they advertise that it stays sharp 10 times longer than steel blades.

Highly recommend! My only regret is that I did not get the slicer together, I'm going to get the double-sided slicer, for vegetables like onions and peppers which can't be julienned.

I think I could make great hashbrown with this stuff in no time!!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2006
I have used this slicer several times a week for almost 6 months. It is still as sharp as the day I got it. I use it mainly to slice carrots and cucumbers. Slicing is fast and easy. I can slice an entire cucumber in less than a minute. I generally just rinse the slicer well and let it air dry. I put it in the dishwasher periodically or after slicing carrots (to get rid of the orange carrot color). The slicer comes with a small plastic thingy with little plastic spikes to use as a holder when the vegetable or fruit gets small (to avoid thinly slicing your fingers -- I have no doubt that this would slice fingers quite easily, although I have thus far avoided testing that theory!). The little plastic guard works, but it takes me some doing to keep a carrot or other really hard vegetable from slipping off, as the little plastic spikes work better on softer foods. The slicer is very thin, so storage is easy, even in my cramped kitchen. I lean it against the inside wall of a cabinet, slicing side toward the wall. I wouldn't want to stick it in a drawer, as I would be afraid of slicing my fingertips off while looking for it. The only real drawback I see is that the thickness of slices is not adjustable. You only get paperthin. I will have to see if they make one of these for thicker slices, as sometimes I want a thicker slice.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this and it does exactly what I wanted and expected.

There is a typo on the package and in the product description: the strips produced are not 1" wide, they are 0.1"=2.5mm wide. The typo is clear enough from the product picture where the little verticle teeth are spaced at 1/10th of an inch, but I thought it might be worth commenting.

Love these slicers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2008
I have to say this tool is wonderful .It is one of my best time saving devises.I can wip it out, slice my veggies with ease rinse it off,set it in the strainer and be done.It makes beautiful thin juliene and works like an absolute breeze;it's amazingly smooth.This product works really well,I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2011
Color Name: GreenVerified Purchase
First of all, for those who wonder how to store this (and the other Kyocera slicers) safely, without damaging the fine ceramic blades in the drawer (or your fingers groping for it): SAVE THE PACKAGE! Mine came with a clear plastic front piece, shaped like the slicer, on the front, and a piece of card stock on the back. The card can be slid back into the clear front piece, providing a perfect protective case. Seemed like common sense to me. The slicer makes nice matchstick pieces of carrot, daikon, green papaya, cucumber, etc, in a flash. You might get nicer cuts with careful knife work, but it would take forever. The guard piece you use to grip short pieces of vegetable doesn't really work that well, as it's hard to keep on the track, but just resign yourself to using the bottom third of the carrot for something else, before your fingers get that close to the blades, and you'll probably find it quite satisfactory. Using mine for years with no cuts yet...

Update; 12/28/12. Almost two years later, still love my slicer, but too much pressure while using it has finally caused it to crack at it's most vulnerable spot, so now there's some flex in it that will make it more of a challenge to use. Blades are still sharp though. I like it enough to replace it, but I wish it was made with a thicker, stronger plastic for more longevity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2010
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I had high hopes for this little gadget. Yet I stand before you today with some sad news.

The good news is that she is a sharp little thing. And the safety handle works better than average in my experience.

But in less than 2 years by pet looks like a rather sad jack-o-lantern with all of those missing teeth.

But on the right hand half, it can still cut those skinny little carrot strips for salads [which I love] and garlic is good. It is definitely go0d with the harder vegetables. I like my onions diced a little larger and only tried an onion once. Still, I use it every couple of weeks, but with the decision to make over again, I think that I would settle for something either much cheaper or more versatile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2009
Color Name: GreenVerified Purchase
Read the safety information on this! Julienned finger tips are not pleasant! Lesson learned. With that said, this rocks. I looked at a bunch of other mandolins prior to buying the Kyocera Julienne slicer and the double edge slicer. I settled on two items instead of one that has multiple blades and I haven't been sorry. If you want vegtaibles to look like a million bucks when chopped up this is the tool. Beautiful little strips of carrot, zucchini, potato, apple, everything. It is just so cool. Buy it, you won't be sorry. It rocks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2011
Color Name: RedVerified Purchase
Be careful. It takes a few seconds to slice a vegetable and before you know it your finger is sliced too! The flat hand guard is only good for flat vegetables and I've never met a flat vegetable yet.
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