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Finding the Right Bonsai Apprentice Tool Kit

Jul 19, 2008
Choosing the right bonsai tool for a specific task can often be rather difficult, namely because there are so many to choose from.

Following on from this, as long as you get some education as to the different types of bonsai tree tools that there are and what job you perform with each type of tool you should be in a position to make better informed selections and ultimately end up with some great trees.

The Different Types Of Tools To Consider For Your Apprentice Bonsai Tool Kit.

Even the bonsai novice will need a few basic bonsai tools in order to get started, and one bonsai tool in particular that you are definitely going to need is a pair of scissors. These are of course not going to be like the scissors that you regularly use, although they do resemble them.

Normal scissors are constructed differently to these types and they are made in such a way that the branches are not harmed during pruning or cutting.

The 2nd tool on our list is the brach cutter. This is mainly used to cut off thicker branches that are growing on older trees, normal scissors made for bonsai will not cut through these stubborn branches.

Taking Care Of Your Tools The Right Way.

It doesn't matter what subject you are discussing, if it involves tools of the trade you are going to want to learn how to look after such tools. This is paramount because the job is going to be much harder if you are working with sub standard tools that have been neglected. It is work investing time into how to look after your bonsai tree tools.

Never forget to clean your tools soon after you have used them and test them just to make sure they are still in good working order. Be careful with the blades so as not to injure yourself and always use a clean cloth.

You should also always remove any sap, using some soapy water and a cloth to remove it from the blades and handles. Remove all difficult stains with a piece of bamboo or a wooden spatula, and if you do use cleaning oils, make sure that they are the right oils for the job so that they will not ruin your tools.

Finally ensure that your tools have been oil correctly and that they have been sprayed with lubricant that helps protect against corrosion. Oil that prevents rust is a great idea but make sure all the rust is removed before you apply it. If there is any newly exposed steel make sure a full coat of oil is applied to stop the oxidization process.
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