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Bonsai Tools Usage

Concave Cutters

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 tools 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.

Shears

Shears are the basic tool for bud trimming, thinning and defoliating bonsai, all crucial in the art of bonsai.  Trimming young buds prevents branches that grow too long and promotes growth of short, small, fuller branches.  Although there are many sizes and shapes, two bonsai shears would be sufficient to start.  These shears have a generous opening between the handles, which helps prevent injuring other buds while you prune.  These shears are designed to cut at all point.  This gives you control over what you are cutting--allowing you to cut just that part which needs trimming leaving the surrounding foliage undamaged.  The 8" Ashinaga shear with a 2-1/8" blade is a good basic bypass bud trimming shear for thinning and defoliating bonsai.

Primary to successful bonsai tree care 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.  Bonsai 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 tools starter set should include everything needed to accomplish the basic pruning and shaping tasks.

Warranty

Joshua Roth products are warranted for a period of three years after purchase to be free of defects in manufacturing and materials.  If you are dissatisfied with any of our tools (except saw blades) for any reason, please return it to us, along with a copy of the customer sales slip, and we will replace it or credit your account, as you wish.  Misuse may void this warranty, of course.