What are Branch Cutters?
Updated: Jan 23
When you are starting a new hobby that involves the use of tools sometimes it can be confusing to differentiate between what tools to use for what job and to learn what tools do what. This applies directly to Bonsai as we have a whole range of tools that come in a range of sizes and materials. So what are Bonsai Branch Cutters and why do i need them?
Today's topic is Branch cutters, You may ask your self " cant i just snip my branches off with my Bonsai Scissors? ". The Answer is usually no. The reason why is as branches get thicker if you try to cut them with regular scissors you could damage them by separating them at the join. Once you do this they no longer create a clean precise cut and you risk damage on your tree. Branch cutters can generally cut thicker branches and are also available in a range of sizes ranging from small sets to large sets. This is not the only reason for having a separate tool for cutting branches though. The other reason Branch Cutters are useful is the shape of the cutting head, it is far easier to position these flush up against the trunk for a perfectly even cut.
Branch cutters are also helpful to score branches when creating jin or to create a cut to start the bark peeling.
Now that you know what they are for how about what material they are made out of what you should get?
This is usually simple, If you want your tool to stay sharper longer then go for carbon steel,
If you want your tool to be rust free for longer then go for stainless steel.
In short carbon steel can rust but stays sharper for a much longer time
Stainless steel doesn't rust but goes blunt quicker then the carbon steel
I hope this article has helped clear the confusion on Branch Cutters and will help you in selecting your tools.
You can get good Quality Branch Cutters here https://bonsai-en.shop/collections/branch-cutters
Till next time
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