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I have been using an old pair of curved wire cutters for my trees. I realize this is not the best method for cutting and am looking for a nice pair of concave cutters. As with any tool you get what you pay for and I am sure the price range is from cheap to off the chart. Is there any in the $00-$50.00 range that would be worth it. I see kits with other tools in them, but I have found with other products when you buy a "bag" full it is mostly low end stuff to fill up the bag. The limbs I cut would be finger size at the most...
It is Beautiful here in Bama, gotta get outside!

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Michael
 

MartinD

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Check out Stone Lantern. They have a wide range of tools to look at. You can find them thru the links page here.
 

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I have bought tools from these guys before and have had good luck.
http://www.hollowcreekbonsai.com/productCat25280.ctlg

I think I have 2 pairs of the 11" and then some of the smaller ones as well. Not bad at all for the price, actually for the price I was impressed with the quality.

Hope that helps.

Jason
 

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Thanks for the info...

Michael
 
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To evaluate the quality of bonsai tools,
it is important to pay attention not to the price,
not to the brand, but to the factory.

The brand name on the tools does not always refer to the factory
where they were made.

Roughly speaking, bonsai tools nowadays
can be classified into 3 groups.

Masakuni tools are considered to be the best and
they are manufactured at its own factory.

http://www.masakuni.com/

And Masakuni is the only bonsai tool manufacturer in Japan
which is qualified to manufacture medical instruments.

Medical instruments treat human bodies,
so they requires far more precision and
are produced according to a much higher quality standard
than bonsai tools.

Masakuni also manufactures a sickle
for the Emperor of Japan(ten-no)
to crop rice plants in a court ritual.

The 2nd best choice is Suwada.

Suwada is an ODM(Original Design Manufacturer) factory
of concave cutters, knob cutters, wire cutters, and so on.
(“Original” designer of bonsai tools is Masakuni, though.)

http://www.suwada.co.jp/product/bonsai/bonsai1.html

While Suwada tools are distributed
under various different brand names,
it is possible to tell Suwada products by its mark(circle and dot)
on the inside of their handles engraved since 2003
in light of product liability.

In Japan, Suwada is more famous for
its precise-made nail nippers.

http://www.suwada.co.jp/product/nail/tsumekiri2.html

Tools lower than Suwada are manufactured at
unknow factory.

Maybe in Japan, maybe in China.

No guarantee for quality.

Some may be mediocre, some may be bad, some may be very bad.

To make matters worse, in the third group,
the factory is subject to chage
even though the brand name does not change,
and the quality is not always the same.
 

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Thanks, KyuKaen...very good and Helpful information.

Thank you very much!
Michael
 

ml_work

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Thanks Frank, I have looked at the site also.
Michael
 

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I have purchased tools from Dallas Bonsai Garden and have been pleased. They carry the Masakuni line as well as other lines and other non-bonsai tools.

KYUKAEN Bonsai Garden - very nice to hear good information from the source. Thank you for sharing with us!
 

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