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There is a bewildering choice of tools available to the Bonsai enthusiast. But do you really need them all. This guide will hopefully point the uninitiated in the right direction.
- It is a good idea to have at least two pairs of scissors. A long
pair with fine tips will be useful for trimming small branches while
a heavier pair with thicker blades and larger handles will be useful
for trimming roots. Having separate tools for these two areas will
help to prevent the spread of any disease.
Branch Cutters - Available in several different sizes, the cutting
head is curved so that when cutting branches a slightly hollowed
out wound is produced. This shaped cut is ideally shaped to heal
with a good chance of minimum scarring. Straight edged tools would
leave the wound flat and resultant healing would produce a slight
bump. They are widely used for general ranch cutting work but ar
only suitable for removing small branches flush to the trunk.They
are designed to be used from the side of the cut and are sometimes
referred to as side cutters.
cutters - Available in several different sizes they are similar
to the concave
cutters but go one step further and produces a spherical cut.
They are designed to be used end on to a cut and get their name
from their main use removing knobs or stubs of branches flush to
the trunk. They are also useful for nibbling away chunks of wood
prior to carving.
cutters - Cutters with very strong tips are needed for removing
wire from trees
with the minimum of damage. Conventional wire
cutters can be used in most cases but they must be a quality
pair that would cost as much as custom made Japanese cutters anyway.
Pliers - are designed with flat blades that are used for removing
bark from jins. A cut is made through the bark around the base of
the jin using a knife or branch cutters and then the jin pliers
are used to squash the bark which seperates it from the wood beneath.
pliers can then be used to crush the end of the jin and grasp
fibres that when stripped away will give a natural looking finish
Cutters - At repotting it is sometimes necessary, particularly
with yamadori stock, to reduce large roots. Root cutters are designed
like knob cutters but with flat blades and a much thicker blade
that will stand up to the added wear and tear experienced in amongst
the root ball
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