Japanese cooks rely on these efficient tools to create whisper-thin slices and exquisite julienne cuts. The key to their sharpness: Each slicer is fitted with a ceramic blade that holds its edge ten times as long as steel. You'll find the slicers useful for everything from cutting vegetables for a stir-fry to slicing apples for a tart. Use the flat slicer to create wide, paper-thin slices of apples and other fruits or vegetables. Use the julienne slicer produces thin, matchstick strips of vegetables for sauteing or garnish. A hand guard keeps your fingers out of harm's way. Frames and handles are made of sturdy polypropylene.