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    Thufir Hawat Guest

    Default mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    Why are mandoline blades different shapes? Are "V" shaped blades better
    for fruits? Are horizontal blades better at slicing certain kinds of
    food better than slanted blades?


    thanks,

    Thufir

  2. #2
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On 2010-10-05, Thufir Hawat <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Why are mandoline blades different shapes? Are "V" shaped blades better
    > for fruits? Are horizontal blades better at slicing certain kinds of
    > food better than slanted blades?


    I don't think I've ever seen a horizontal blade. Which one's are
    perfectly horizontal? All I've seen, even on a cheap multi-grater
    with a slicing slot, it's usually at an angle. As for V vs single, a
    good one only needs one blade. Get a Benriner or Super Benriner.

    nb

  3. #3
    JL Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?



    Thufir Hawat wrote:
    > Why are mandoline blades different shapes? Are "V" shaped blades better
    > for fruits? Are horizontal blades better at slicing certain kinds of
    > food better than slanted blades?
    >
    >
    > thanks,
    >
    > Thufir


    This from a "Mentate"
    --

    Mr. Joseph Paul Littleshoes Esq.

    Domine, dirige nos.

    Let the games begin!
    http://fredeeky.typepad.com/fredeeky.../sf_anthem.mp3


  4. #4
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On 2010-10-05, JL <[email protected]> wrote:

    > This from a "Mentate"


    No doubt hooked to a cat drool drip.

    nb

  5. #5
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On Tue, 05 Oct 2010 17:46:19 GMT, notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 2010-10-05, Thufir Hawat <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Why are mandoline blades different shapes? Are "V" shaped blades better
    >> for fruits? Are horizontal blades better at slicing certain kinds of
    >> food better than slanted blades?

    >
    >I don't think I've ever seen a horizontal blade. Which one's are
    >perfectly horizontal? All I've seen, even on a cheap multi-grater
    >with a slicing slot, it's usually at an angle. As for V vs single, a
    >good one only needs one blade. Get a Benriner or Super Benriner.


    A blade presented at an angle requires less pressure and cuts
    cleaner... try slicing a ripe tomato by presenting the blade
    horozontally and pushing straight down and you'll know why mandoline
    blades are set at an angle... look here:
    http://www.guillotine.dk/Pages/Gallery.html

  6. #6
    Thufir Hawat Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On Tue, 05 Oct 2010 15:40:18 -0400, Brooklyn1 wrote:

    > On Tue, 05 Oct 2010 17:46:19 GMT, notbob <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On 2010-10-05, Thufir Hawat <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> Why are mandoline blades different shapes? Are "V" shaped blades
    >>> better for fruits? Are horizontal blades better at slicing certain
    >>> kinds of food better than slanted blades?

    >>
    >>I don't think I've ever seen a horizontal blade. Which one's are
    >>perfectly horizontal? All I've seen, even on a cheap multi-grater with
    >>a slicing slot, it's usually at an angle. As for V vs single, a good
    >>one only needs one blade. Get a Benriner or Super Benriner.

    >
    > A blade presented at an angle requires less pressure and cuts cleaner...
    > try slicing a ripe tomato by presenting the blade horozontally and
    > pushing straight down and you'll know why mandoline blades are set at an
    > angle... look here: http://www.guillotine.dk/Pages/Gallery.html



    What kind of a person builds guillotines as a hobby?

    Anyhow...these ones looks horizontal:

    Norpro 305 Deluxe Mandolin Slicer

    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?
    cid=5570616730774195933&q=mandoline#

    http://www.acitydiscount.com/FMA-Sta...ine-Vegetable-
    Slicer-MANO.0.54463.1.1.htm


    -Thufir

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    Thufir Hawat Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On Tue, 05 Oct 2010 19:29:04 +0000, notbob wrote:

    > On 2010-10-05, JL <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> This from a "Mentate"

    >
    > No doubt hooked to a cat drool drip.
    >
    > nb


    Here we go

    Usually it's the "sapho" jokes, but that's the first mention of cats!
    Actually, I never thought anyone would ever "get" the name, it was
    *supposed* to be a quasi-riddle/anon, but it seems that, almost
    universally, everyone reacts. I suppose usenet is a slightly biased
    sample for sci-fi, though


    -Thufir

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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On 2010-10-05, Thufir Hawat <[email protected]> wrote:

    > universally, everyone reacts. I suppose usenet is a slightly biased
    > sample for sci-fi, though


    Geeks subsets are pretty universal.

    nb

  9. #9
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On 2010-10-05, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:

    > A blade presented at an angle requires less pressure and cuts
    > cleaner...


    Duh. You state the obvious.

    nb

  10. #10
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On Tue, 05 Oct 2010 17:46:19 GMT, notbob wrote:

    > I don't think I've ever seen a horizontal blade. Which one's are
    > perfectly horizontal?


    Most of them:
    http://www.cooking.com/products/shpr...ords=mandoline

    My Oxo has horizontal blades. Note that the horizontal blades allows
    interchangeable blade configurations.

    -sw

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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On 2010-10-05, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > My Oxo has horizontal blades. Note that the horizontal blades allows
    > interchangeable blade configurations.


    So do angled blades. See below:

    <http://www.surlatable.com/gs/super-benriner-mandoline-mandolines-slicers-cutlery-12.shtml>

    nb

  12. #12
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On Tue, 05 Oct 2010 21:01:26 GMT, notbob wrote:

    > On 2010-10-05, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> My Oxo has horizontal blades. Note that the horizontal blades allows
    >> FOR EASIER interchangeable blade configurations.

    >
    > So do angled blades.


    My Oxo has a "Dial A Blade".

    -sw

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    Thufir Hawat Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On Tue, 05 Oct 2010 21:01:26 +0000, notbob wrote:

    > On 2010-10-05, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> My Oxo has horizontal blades. Note that the horizontal blades allows
    >> interchangeable blade configurations.

    >
    > So do angled blades. See below:
    >
    > <http://www.surlatable.com/gs/super-b...ne-mandolines-

    slicers-cutlery-12.shtml>

    Will that one, or any of them, do thick carrots for soup?


    -Thufir

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    Lyndon Watson Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On Oct 6, 6:19*am, Thufir Hawat <hawat.thu...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > Why are mandoline blades different shapes? *Are "V" shaped blades better
    > for fruits? *Are horizontal blades better at slicing certain kinds of
    > food better than slanted blades?


    Is there any correlation between the shape of the blades and the
    length of the users' fingers?

    LW

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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On 2010-10-05, Thufir Hawat <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Will that one, or any of them, do thick carrots for soup?


    That's the only problem with the Benriners, 3/8" max. The big ones
    will slice a thick as you set them. I have a 10" chefs knife for
    that.

    nb

  16. #16
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?


    notbob <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On 2010-10-05, Thufir Hawat <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Will that one, or any of them, do thick carrots for soup?

    >
    > That's the only problem with the Benriners, 3/8" max. The big ones
    > will slice a thick as you set them. I have a 10" chefs knife for
    > that.
    >
    > nb


    I agree, the main reason for a mandoline is to get control when you need to
    make thin uniform slices or fine julienne. For thick carrots such as for
    soup, I usually split them lengthwise and then cut the halves into 1 1/2
    inch lengths. If the carrots are on the skinny side I just cut them 3/4
    inch without splitting. At those thicknesses you'll make fewere cuts so I'm
    not sure a mandoline can outrun good technique and a sharp knife anyway,
    especially where cleanup is concerned.

    MartyB



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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On Oct 5, 10:19*am, Thufir Hawat <hawat.thu...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > Why are mandoline blades different shapes? *Are "V" shaped blades better
    > for fruits? *Are horizontal blades better at slicing certain kinds of
    > food better than slanted blades?
    >
    > thanks,
    >
    > Thufir


    "Oh Thufir, I see they've installed your heart plug already.... Don't
    be angry. Everyone gets one here.




  18. #18
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On Tue 05 Oct 2010 06:15:47p, Nunya Bidnits told us...

    >
    > notbob <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> On 2010-10-05, Thufir Hawat <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Will that one, or any of them, do thick carrots for soup?

    >>
    >> That's the only problem with the Benriners, 3/8" max. The big
    >> ones will slice a thick as you set them. I have a 10" chefs
    >> knife for that.
    >>
    >> nb

    >
    > I agree, the main reason for a mandoline is to get control when
    > you need to make thin uniform slices or fine julienne. For thick
    > carrots such as for soup, I usually split them lengthwise and then
    > cut the halves into 1 1/2 inch lengths. If the carrots are on the
    > skinny side I just cut them 3/4 inch without splitting. At those
    > thicknesses you'll make fewere cuts so I'm not sure a mandoline
    > can outrun good technique and a sharp knife anyway, especially
    > where cleanup is concerned.
    >
    > MartyB


    I also agree. I use a mandoline for slicing cucumbers for pickling,
    potatoes for au gratin or potatoes anna, thin slices of tomato, etc.
    Otherwise, I use a chef's knife for thick slices or chunks.

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

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    Lyndon Watson <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Oct 6, 6:19 am, Thufir Hawat <hawat.thu...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >> Why are mandoline blades different shapes? Are "V" shaped blades
    >> better for fruits? Are horizontal blades better at slicing certain
    >> kinds of food better than slanted blades?

    >
    > Is there any correlation between the shape of the blades and the
    > length of the users' fingers?
    >
    > LW


    Yes, if you're not careful.




  20. #20
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: mandoline: V shaped blade or slanted?

    On Tue, 05 Oct 2010 20:24:40 GMT, notbob wrote:

    > On 2010-10-05, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    >
    >> A blade presented at an angle requires less pressure and cuts
    >> cleaner...

    >
    > Duh. You state the obvious.
    >
    > nb


    at least it's not obviously wrong, like most od his posts.

    your pal,
    blake

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