Founded in 1945 by Uyuki Yamamoto, who invented a new radish slicer, Benriner is the manufacturer and inventor of the original ‘Japanese mandolin’. The first Benriner was made of wood and mainly purchased by hotels or restaurants. In 1969 wood had gone scarce and Benriner developed a plastic molding system and made mass production possible.
In 1992, Benriner introduced the iconic green pastel color and began to use gold plate screws, making the slicer almost an object of beauty. Export to foreign countries increased, and the object got its proper name: the ‘Japanese Mandolin’.
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