Like many other hobbies, bonsai can turn into an expensive venture. It seems like when you search long enough you can find so many tools which all have different purposes. Unless you intend to borrow tools every time you do any work on your tree, every grower will have to buy them one time or another. Understanding what the essential tools are will help in deciding which tools you need to buy and which you postpone getting for a while. In fact for anyone who is just starting out or not sure if bonsai is really for them, I would suggest not spending so much of your hard earned money buying top of the range tools only to realize a few months down the road that it is not something you want to pursue. Believe me, I know how excitement about a new project can make you throw all caution to the wind. A while back I watched a documentary fat and nearly dead about the benefits of juicing, I got so excited about it that I bought a juicer for myself and another family member (without even asking her if she wanted one) I juiced for a while but when I could not keep it up, I got so tired of seeing the un used juicer in my kitchen that I gave it way (sorry for going off topic)
Firstly what is the deal with the difference in price for bonsai tools?
When you start looking at tools you will realize that there is a huge price range for how much the tools can cost. Japanese bonsai tools are generally known for being of high quality and long lasting.
For someone starting out a basic tool kit is all that you need. Below are some of the essential results.
Is one of the most important tools for bonsai. They are used to remove branches from the tree. Concave cutters are shaped in such a way that it is possible to cut branches close to the tree trunk without leaving a large scar on the tree. They also encourage rapid growth of the tree
These concave cutters are made in Japan.
BONSAI WIRE CUTTER
Wires are used to position or shape the trunk of a tree and the branches. Cutters allow one to get close enough to the tree to cut wire without damaging the bark of the tree or even the tree trunk. Although ordinary cutters are sometimes used when working on a tree they can cause damage to a tree. The difference between these and ordinary wire cutters is that they have a round shape at the head to prevent damage being caused to branches and trunks when wires are being removed.
Beginner Bonsai shears/Scissors
Shears/Scissors are used to carry out various maintenance activities including cutting leaves,cutting and shaping small size branches,roots and twigs.Smaller size shears an also be used as defoliation tools.They are available in different shapes and sizes
These beginner shears are sharp to allow you to make clean cuts with little effort.
They are comfortable to use
Theses shears will make a good addition to bonsai growers tool collection.To buy or find out more about them go to this page.
Spherical Knob Cutter
A knob cutter (also called melon ball cutter) is designed to remove trunk knobs and roots from the tree. Their spherical shape makes working with knobs and roots easier since they are able to make deep hallow cuts.Their shape also means that the cuts are made in a controlled manner which allows for them to heal quickly and without damaging the tree.
Get the Spherical knob cutter
Although there are many other tools that you can add to make the art of creating and maintaining bonsai easier,the above tools are adequate for beginners.Once you have spent more time and through the experience of working on your tree, then you can go ahead and invest more money in better quality tools.