I got a mandolin slicer about 6 months ago and love it and also a new paring knife last weekend. It seems as hard as I try to prevent it, I am always cutting myself on the mandolin never serious (yet) but one day, it could be. And just this weekend, I accidentally cut myself while using my paring knife. I recall one time while in the grocery store I heard a women talking about using her mandolin too and how she cut herself and had to go to the hospital. This seems like an easy thing to do considering the construction of a mandolin. Even though there is a food pusher and guard on mine, sometimes the food is too small for that to work correctly.
So I'd like to get some opinions from the group how to prevent accidentally cutting myself in the future. What do you do to stay safe ? I have been almost ready to sell the mandolin because I deemed it too dangerous. I'm wondering what you fellas think about cut-resistant gloves ? Are these widely used in the foodservice industry ? Are they sanitary ? Do you recommend any particular type/brand ?
Thanks for any advice you can provide.