Tools used for Bonsai growing are very
important. Remember, you will be cutting, pruning, and wiring during
the training phase, which can cause wounds. The cleaner the wound, the
better the Bonsai will heal and thrive. By using the right tools, you
can help keep the wounds to a minimal.
Although you do not need to run out and buy a stock of special tools
for Bonsai growing, unless you want, you do need some basic tools to
do this right. The information in this chapter will guide you to the
right tools. Additionally, most Bonsai tools can be purchased at your
local nursery, gardening center, or from Bonsai companies on the
BYPASS PRUNING SHEARS
These shears are great for heavy-duty use when training Bonsai. The
blade is beveled and usually constructed from a non-stick carbon steel
to ensure a clean, smooth cut. Other features commonly seen include
dual layer comfort grips, sap groove, enclosed spring, and
HORI-HORI DIGGING TOOL
Originally designed to remove old plants from high mountainous
regions, this tools is now used by Bonsai growers around the world.
This concave shaped blade is very strong and thick, making it a
perfect tool for digging. The blade is made from carbon steel and has
a semi-sharp, beveled and serrated edge. The design ensures your
safety while allowing you to work in difficult or rocky places.
This convenient tool is usually designed with an on/off control. With
this wand, you can water your Bonsai quickly and efficiently. The
spray mist is dense but very gentle. Made with an internal nylon
diffuser, the water is always distributed evenly, must like rain.
This folding saw is an exceptional tool for Bonsai. The blade is
excellent for cutting and with the folding design, extremely
convenient. The saw tooth design features three cutting surfaces,
meaning the cuts are quick and clean.
These all-purpose shears are ideal for working with Bonsai. They are
constructed with a carbon steel blade that can easily cut through
one-half inch of branch. The tip is pointed and strong, helping you
get into tight areas.
These generally come with a protective sheath and are excellent for
pruning Bonsai. Because they are large and powerful, they can cut
cleanly through even the thickest branch.
This tape is ideal for grafting in that it will help prevent damage
from wiring. This is ideal for certain types of plants and trees that
do not do well with traditional wiring.
Provided in a tube or round tin, the paste is a sealant that will help
with grafting and cuts. Additionally, it contains both fungicide and
insecticide to help protect the Bonsai.
This oil has been used for centuries as a way of protecting prized
Japanese Samurai swords. However, it is excellent for tools used in
Bonsai growing, keeping them in top working order.
You can get sharpening stones in fine or a two-in-one option. With the
fine stone, you will get clean, smooth edges on your tools. Then for
the two-in-one option, once the tools are sharp, they will remain that
way for a long time. This stone comes with both medium and coarse
The most important thing to remember when buying and using your tools
for Bonsai is that they need to be as sharp as possible. You can have
your tools sharpened professionally or if you want to do it yourself,
use an electric wet stone, die grinder, oilstones, Japanese water
stones, ceramic sticks, files, and diamond laps.
If you have saws, they will need to be sharpened a little differently
from your other tools. For example, because pruning saws have very
narrow and long teeth, you will need to use a feather file. Typically,
this sharpening tool would need to be ordered.
These are also referred to as stones or plates and are ceramic stones
that have diamond dust embedded. Since they do not have to be
lubricated and can be used dry, they are convenient and affordable.
For the inside of the blades, you would need to use the lap. Just make
sure the material ground from this area is minimal. If not, the blades
will no longer match and therefore, not work properly.
In most cases, the outside or the beveled edge is what receives most
of the sharpening. With the lap, you would keep the angle as flat as
possible. While not difficult, if you have any concerns or questions,
you can have a professional do the sharpening for you.
Since these are beveled and flat at the same time, you would use a
diamond lap for the rough work, switching to the Japanese water stone
for the honing portion. Although you could use oilstones, you will
soon discover that the water stones are much faster.
This particular tool is a little difficult to sharpen. It is important
that you examine your tool first to see how it was made. If the edges
do not match perfectly, then the cutters are worthless. Therefore, you
need to protect the cutters from any nicks no matter what. When you do
sharpen, you want to remove as little material as you can, using the
diamond lap on the outside. Then, repeat this on the inside surface
area. If you have a diamond or ceramic stick, it would be very