I finally gave in and bought the Benriner after debating for ages between it and the Bron... Anyway, I'm really enjoying it - making tons of matchstick and julienned everything, but I have a couple of questions for those of you who are experienced mandoline users (or is it mandolin??? seems to be many variations on the spelling).
1. I'm having MAJOR gross-out anxieties about slicing part of my palm off. I'm doing a lot of root vegetables and they're very hard and require a lot of elbow grease. I'm using the plastic hand guard, but it's not very effective. Does anyone have any advice or creative alternatives for protecting ones hands when slicing??? I've already cut myself a couple of times, but thankfully they were minor.
2. I've also only used it a few times and I've already bent a number of the teeth in the blades. I thought they'd be tougher. I know that root vegetables are hard, but I can't think of any less aggressive form of muscle required to do the job. Any technique advice, and where do I buy the replacement blades? I bought my Benriner at Tap Phong....