questionswhy are mandoline kitchen slicers so expensive?

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Probably the price is to pad the payout fund for the idiots who can't keep their fingertips out of them....you know who you are.

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after this item was posted last wootoff i searched it on amazon. seems to be kind of like a mixer in pricing. there are so many kinds and varieties and qualities. you can find one that suits your qualifications if you search from kitchenaidpro down to the $4 one at blackfriday walmart blowout.

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Price of kitchen utensils are determined by:

Brand
Elegance
Functionality
Appearance

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Before I changed careers, I worked as a chef for 20 years plus. The mandolin is probably the most useful aid for prep. Firstly, you will always get a consistent cut. Secondly, they are low maintenance.
However, people destroy them. For example (same with knives), don't put them in a dish washer, all that does is heat and warp the blade.
Wash and rinse between cutting different food groups. I know this sounds basic, but different vegetables/fruits react differently on steel.
Sharpen or replace the blade when it needs it. When you first buy one, count how many strokes to slice an onion, you will see the number increase as you become more skillful, and then it will decline. Don't buy a new one, just replace the blade.

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I bought a fairly expensive one from Williams-Sonoma made by OXO using a gift card (thank goodness). The legs fell off after being hand-washed once. Seemed to have fairly good online ratings, so I was suprised it ended up cheaply made and did not warrant the high price. I repaired it myself, but it makes me wonder what the real price of the item is if it wasn't sold by W-S. I feel like I could have done the same for 1/2 the cost for one from Target.

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@mellielou:

I almost don't want to mention this, but I got what I believe is the same OXO at Kohl's for either $25 or $35 (cannot recall for sure). And I also had to repair the legs.

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A kevlar glove is a wonderful add-on for a mandolin. Makes them much easier and safer to use.

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We don't do all that much cooking, but I have a mandoline I paid less than $10 for a few years ago that works just fine.

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Google - there are plenty for under $30.

Add kevlar glove to keep skin on your fingers - check fishing gear for 'fillet glove'

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You can find cheaply priced ones at your Asian grocery stores, often times. It's where I got mine years ago. They really do make short work of thinly slicing foods (like for coleslaw or salads and the like). I don't use it all that often, but when I do, is it a super time saver.

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I got mine from a thrift store. 50 cents. It's a Matfer Mandoline 2000.
They run $175 on amazon. It's a champ. Slices fine and cleans up easily AND I still have all my finger tips.
I simply can not drive past a thrift store.

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they are expensive because essentially you are buying 8 razor sharp steak knives thrown in a plastic mold.