About 2 years ago I bought a mandoline at Sur La Table on sale for about $30. The box was all bent and torn but the mand. was fine....well, actually I don't know if it's fine cause I can't figure out how to use it.
The blades look really weird - like several blades all smushed together - barbed wire? I took them off but now don't know how to put them back or one of them back or whatever. Maybe they were all attached together for storage in the original package. I forget about it for several months and then I either read something or come across it in a drawer. The brand is Matfer and it's made in France.
The flier that came with it is useless. I also don't know what the piece with a sort of chimney in it is - a tube deal on a flat piece of plastic - it's like a cup stuck onto the sliding deal - maybe it's the handle/guard, but there's not enough room under it to put anything there for slicing purposes.
Au secours! I'm going to try to look on the internet one more time. I think I just needed to vent.