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Various Types of Bonsai Tools and Their Uses

Various Types of Bonsai Tools and Their Uses
Proper bonsai equipment is very important for tree training and care. The accurate cutting and shaping of the bonsai tree greatly affect its future beauty.

For beginners, it is recommended to use basic bonsai tools at first, such as concave cutting pliers and bonsai wire. However, the longer you play in bonsai, the more specialized tools you need.

Japanese bonsai tools are known for their high quality, so their prices are high.

Generally, quality bonsai tools are made using black steel, but some are made of stainless steel. Of course, stainless steel tools are of a higher quality than black steel, but they are much more expensive.

Black steel bonsai equipment needs extra maintenance because it can rust in a short time. While tools made from stainless steel, it is enough to clean them, and generally, they are anti-rust.

Here, Names of Trees will share information about special bonsai tools used by bonsai artists around the world. Some of the tools may be very unusual, but they do come in handy!

What are the bonsai tools? Here’s the list:


1. Bonsai Pliers

Bonsai Pliers
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Bonsai pliers come in a wide variety of cutting types and sizes, from concave to slanted, and from large to small.

The most commonly used bonsai pliers are the concave pliers, which are used to cut branches from the trunk, and the cut marks will heal without leaving scars (avoiding broken stems or swollen bark).


2. Bonsai Scissors

Bonsai Scissors
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Bonsai scissors are available in various sizes and shapes. It is intended to be used to cut leaves, twigs, branches, and roots.

You must determine the size of the scissors to use for your beloved bonsai tree. Don’t buy the wrong one!

Large scissors or standard shapes generally used to cut small twigs or branches, and small and long scissors, are used to cut the deepest branches that are in tight/dense places.


3. Bonsai Saw

Bonsai Saw
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In the formation of bonsai trees, saws are needed to cut branches or stems that are large. Of course, the special bonsai saw used is very different from the regular saw, that’s because the bonsai saw is designed to be able to cut branches in tight and complicated places.

This special bonsai saw has smooth but very sharp cutting edges, and with long, tapered shape.


4. Bonsai Wire

Bonsai Wire
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To form a bonsai tree, of course, we need wires of various diameters, wire cutters, and pliers to bend the wire which is also used for deadwood (jin). Bonsai special wire is made of annealed aluminum or copper.

Wire, wire cutters, and pliers are available in the offline and online markets of various sizes.


5. Carving Equipment

Carving Equipment
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Carving tools are needed here!

The main purpose of making deadwood in a bonsai (jin) is that it should look natural and leave no man-made traces.

INFO: Trunks or genie carvings can only be done on a few tree species such as Pine, Premna, Tamarind, Buttonwood, and some other hardwood tree species.

WARNING: This method is not recommended for beginners, because doing it wrong can cause the tree to die.


6. Turnbuckles

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Turnbuckles can be useful for several purposes bending large rods that are not possible with bare hands.

There are many different types of Turnbuckles available in all shapes and sizes at hardware stores. You can buy it according to the size of your tree.


7. Screw Clamps

Screw Clamps
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Screw clamps have a function similar to that of Turnbuckles, which are used to tighten, clamp, or bend medium sized rods.


8. Crowbar

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Crowbar is needed to form large bonsai trees. It is generally used to hold the position of the rod to fit.


9. Raffia

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If you want to bend branches or stems to the extreme, but doubt that the stems will split and break, then you need raffia to do it.

The traditional way to bend the stem to the extreme is to wrap the stem first with raffia rope until it is tight at the part to be bent to prevent the stem from breaking or breaking.


10. Turntables

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Turntables are an essential tool in the training process of medium to large bonsai. This tool is used to save energy and time during the shaping, wiring, and various other things that spend a lot of time with bonsai.


11. Wire Nets

Wire Nets
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Wire nets are used to hold soil or moss so that they don’t fall apart from being hit by rain or watering.


12. Hose Cut

Hose Cut
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The hose cut is generally used to cover the wire or crowbar so it doesn’t hit the tree trunk directly.


13. Wood Beam

Wood Beam
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Wood beam are used to support the pot in a certain tilt position. It is often used by bonsai artists when arranging leaves or twig formation in the desired oblique style.


14. Wood Planks

Wood Planks
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Wood planks are used to make box pots with a diameter that can be adjusted to the size of the tree. Pots made of wooden planks are certainly lighter and save money when you first remove a tree from the garden, nature, or the graft.

These wooden pots can also be more efficient in bonsai training as they can be applied nails or bolts to any desired side.


15. Question Mark Bolts

Question Mark Bolts
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The usual bolt used for hooks, or bolts in the shape of a question mark, is quite important in bonsai training. It is used in conjunction with wooden pots. You can choose the size of this hook bolt according to the size required.


16. Grafting Tape

Grafting Tape
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Grafting Tape is a necessary item in the bonsai work process, which is to wrap each time you add a new twig in the desired place on the tree.


17. Automatic Watering Tools

Automatic Watering Tools
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As we know that most bonsai use low pots with little soil volume. The less soil in the pot, the drought in a short time will be a serious problem that needs to be watched out. Especially if you are a busy worker or often travel for a long time. Of course, automatic watering tools can solve that problem.

The bonsai tools above are the most important and preferred (mandatory) for every bonsai artist. Not only 17, but beyond that, many other things are needed when training a tree into a beautiful bonsai, such as Rubber Hammer, Tongs, Knives, Brushes, Wire Brushes, and some chemical forms, for example, Pest control and Bleach Trunk for
conifer trees (Lime Sulfur/Jin Oil).


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