Updated: Jan 7
One of the most common things i hear is " why cant i just cut Bonsai wire with side cutters? ".
While it is perfectly achievable to make a cut through your wire with side cutters there actually are advantages to using the specially designed Bonsai Wire Cutters. So why do i need Bonsai Wire Cutters?
The first thing you will notice going from side cutters to proper bonsai wire cutters is the fact that as you move up in gauge on your wire the side cutters will start to struggle. Cutting 6mm Wire is a challenge with side cutters and while it is something you can do it creates strain on your hand. If you are a professional or nursery man you will know that having a set of proper bonsai wire cutters will save you a whole lot of hand strain. Even just doing a few trees you will notice the difference.
The biggest advantage of all though is how the end of the wire cutters are designed, Side cutters most of the time have a much more pointed or sharp nose where as the Wire Cutters have a rounded nose. This helps you to cut the wire and the wire only. If you use a standard set of side cutters you run the risk of cutting into a branch or the trees trunk while removing wire. The wire cutters are also generally thinner in design with a longer handle so it makes them easier to poke in through the foliage and between branches to achieve the cut needed to remove wire.
When looking to purchase bonsai wire cutters you may also see wire cutters the resemble a set of scissors, These types of wire cutters are designed for small detail wire. While you are detail wiring a tree you will be applying wire and cutting very often so you dont want to be putting down and picking up a large set of Bonsai Wire Cutters the whole time. With the smaller scissors type bonsai wire cutters you can keep them tucked in your hand while you wire then flick them out to make the cut then fold them back into your hand while you continue to work. This will greatly save you a lot of time.
I hope this short article has helped shine some light on Bonsai Wire Cutters.
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