1. Apex37

    Anyone Ever Use a Standing Knife Sharpener?

    Curious if any of y’all have used a standing knife sharpener to sharpen your grafting knives or scissors. Here’s the one I have that I use for the kitchen: Mueller Knife Sharpener I feel like this could work, but not sure. I’m not entirely confident getting a few whetstones and sharpening my...
  2. bonsguy

    Seeking Advice: TinyRoots Bonsai Tools Kit

    I am looking to buy a Bonsai tool kit for a beginner. I am overwhelmed by choice. Does anyone have suggestions? I was looking at a 5 piece TinyRoots Bonsai Tools Kit to start: The tools are carbon...
  3. L

    Wire cutters 8” vs. 7”

    Do 8 inch wire cutters give a significantly better mechanical advantage vs. 7 inch cutters? I find that cutting off 4, 6, or 8 gauge copper wire from a branch is really hard on my hands with my stainless steel Tian Bonsai 7 inch wire cutters. I’m wondering if it’s worth the money to upgrade to a...
  4. theguywithcrocs

    Recommended Tools

    I've been using Bonsai Nut for awhile now, but I just caved and created an account to try and find answers to my dilemma. I've been in the bonsai game for about two years now, and the trees that I collected locally, and some raw material I've purchased is beginning to mature. With this, I've...
  5. rollwithak

    Two Mics & a Turntable

    Hi All, This is an easy post, not many brain cells required. Wondering if someone knows of a place to get a decent turntable. The ones on Amazon I’m very weary of but hey maybe they’re worth a shot. Based on people who have experience with a turntable, what are desirable features of a...
  6. B

    Reviews on Stone Lantern Bonsai Tool Set?

    Hello I was looking to buy my first tool set for bonsai and wanted to know if anyone has experience with Stone Lantern, in particular this tool set: It appears to have all the basic tools...
  7. B

    Need help on Kaneshin Scissors No.36A

    I need advice on my new Kaneshin Pruning Scissors No.36A. I started doing bonsai about a year ago and since then I have always been using Kikuwa bonsai tools. Recently I decided I would like to have some bigger general pruning shears in my collection of tools. After reading some posts on this...
  8. C

    Kaneshin Tool Steel Types?

    Looking at Kaneshin's website, they have different grades of steel. Most notably, blue steel, white steel, yellow steel, and SK steel. However, there are some items like 36A and 36B which are basically the same, but one is yellow steel with better craftsmanship (so I believe), and the other is...
  9. Gsquared

    The Masakuni Ichban multi purpose tool?

    does anyone have experience with the Ichiban tool from Masakuni? I've always been a fan of their tools, at least back when they were more affordable. I'm interested in this one but want to know if what the word out on it was before sinking the $$ into one.
  10. Farwest

    California Bonsai Studio

    Just wanted to pass along that I recently purchased some Masakuni tools from California Bonsai Studio after seeing the @ColinFraser post for Black Friday. How refreshing. Great service, prices, and quality. Quick shipping. What else could I possibly ask for? I was looking for a kit and he...
  11. parhamr

    Die grinder recommendations please

    I'm wanting a rotary grinding tool for some upcoming carving work. What do you recommend? Criteria: Good value (not cheap; not expensive) Reasonably quiet Good for detailed work Durable Low maintenance Do I want it electric or air? If air, please recommend a compressor, too!
  12. cockroach

    Essential Bonsai Tools

    I am looking at getting some proper bonsai tools. Now I am not a brand conscious person I am just looking for a decent enough tool to work with. I know bonsai tools are not essential and I have been coping just fine (very subjective) without them. I have been into bonsai for over 6 years now and...
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