Chef'n Pull'n Slice Mandoline 5 "Great" Ann 17 January 2017 If I had read the reviews before I bought this mandolin I wouldn't have bought it. However, having bought it and used it, it works perfectly. All the problems I had at first were my "user errors." Particularly the strength needed to push down on it. I found that using the palm of may hand and gripping the edge of the mandolin (your fingers are nowhere near the blade) kept the base steady and no strength needed. Also after a couple of uses the silicone collar softened and became easy to use. I have only sliced with it so far but am very pleased with the results.