ladycook, that's a good idea for keeping the glove clean, I hadn't thought of that!
And I have had more than one customer in the ER for not using the food guard with their mandoline. It's a tough lesson and I catch myself every now and then. My newest one was redesigned and the blade won't even engage unless the guard is on the rail. I understand the safety aspect of it, but felt more efficient with my old one. I am sorta famous for not using the food guard when it comes to carrots and other small pieces.
I darn near lost all five fingers using the julienne blade once. Ouch!