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Joshua Roth Bonsai Branch Cutter
Item Number 2169
Manufacturer Joshua Roth
Price $77.95

Product Description


Standard concave branch cutters known in Japan as Mataeda Hasami, these razor sharp tools are designed for cutting branches flush to the trunk.  The resulting wound can then heal over quicly with little scarring.  The concave cutter is the single most important tool for bonsai use and for which there is no substitute.  The 8" versions are considered the basic size to begin with.  The  high carbon steel of this concave cutter will keep a sharp edge indefinitely when properly used and cared for.   This size of the standard concave cutter is ideal for working with small to medium trees and is particularly well suite for smaller hands.  3/4" blades, 6 3/4" overall length.  Made in Japan 


Primary to the successful bonsai is cutting away unwanted portions of the tree.  The most important tools for these tasks are shears and pruners.  Pruning allows you to shorten a branch or the height of a tree, as well as removing entire unwanted branches.  Shears are NOT meant to cut using a by-pass action.  While cutters bite, the edges of biting tools usually overlap slightly--closing without contact, one over the other.  The most basic bonsai starter set should include the tools needed to accomplish the basic pruning and shaping tasks.

The concave cutter is the single most important tool for bonsai use and for which there is no substitute.  These tools are designed for cutting branches flush to the trunk.  Concave cutters come in several sizes - the most useful size to start with is 8" overall length.  This size has a medium size cutting surface and is a good choice for most cuts.  Concave cutters bite into a branch completely from its base and cut into the branch base flatly.  This leaves a cut that heals faster and leaves less scarring than a straight across cut. 

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