Kyocera Julienne Slicer

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Design & Operation

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The Kyocera Julienne Slicer is shaped like a small paddle and is molded of very lightweight plastic. Measuring 11″ long (just under 28cm) by 3 5/8″ (9.3cm) wide overall, the usable width of the cutting deck measures 2 7/8″ (7.5 cm) wide.

We measured the angle of the blade at 57°; the julienne teeth are lined up parallel to and sightly in front of the blade.

Performance Tests
Carrot

In contrast to most other mandolines, which we have found to require considerable force when julienning, the Kyocera required only moderate pressure to feed carrots through the julienne teeth. The included hand guard did a poor job securing hard, cylindrical carrots so we used the guard from the Borner V-Slicer. Results were good, although cut surfaces were fairly rough. Because of the low-profile of the device, waste was minimal. For a comparison of julienned carrots featuring this model, click here.

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The yield from two medium carrots. Results were very good, but cut surfaces were somewhat rough.

Potato

Processing required minimal pressure. Results were very good, although the matchsticks we produced had edges which were rougher than some competing models. A fair amount of moisture was produced.

Cucumber

Not among our standard tests, we tested cucumber on this Kyocera after being queried by a number of readers. We found that the ceramic teeth cut through cucumber with a minimum of pressure but produced quite a bit of moisture.

Safety Features

We were impressed by the ability of the ceramic teeth to cut through produce without the need for large amounts of pressure.

Otherwise, the design of this Kyocera model is not well thought out from a safety perspective. For most slicing operations, a proficient user can safely use a mandoline without a hand guard, provided they approach the device with the same respect they would show an extremely sharp chef’s knife (and wear a cut-resistant glove). For julienning operations, on the other hand, a hand guard becomes essential, and the one included with this Kyocera is not effective.

During our tests we felt that the small dimensions of the device made julienning some produce (like long carrots) unwieldy. We also felt that the lightweight plastic frame of the Kyocera was insufficiently rigid, considering the amount of downward pressure required to process certain foods.

Conclusion
Pros:
  • sharp teeth easily cut through even hard vegetables such as carrots with minimal pressure
  • no set up, extremely easy to clean
Cons:
  • hand guard (essential for julienning) not effective
  • cut surfaces not as clean as some other mandolines
  • short length and insufficient rigidity of device makes julienning certain produce unwieldy

For a single purpose device, the Kyocera did not perform its intended function well enough to earn our recommendation.

At just under $25, the Kyocera creates a single size julienne which is good, but not as cleanly cut as several multifunction mandolines which slice in addition to julienning at multiple thicknesses. Notably, the small Benriner not only slices, but offers the ability to julienne at three thicknesses, and costs roughly the same as the Kyocera.

The proportions of the Julienne slicer sometimes seemed constricting when processing long ingredients like carrots, or bulky potatoes, and its build felt insufficiently rigid to withstand the heavy downward pressure sometimes required for julienning. Finally, Kyocera’s standard hand guard (included with all their hand-held slicers) is poorly adapted to securing produce for julienning.

Not Recommended