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The first tool a Flex cut draw knife. Have used it in the past, with average results. Its really better for hard to reach areas that you want to carve. The other I have not used.

You could have really saved yourself a few bucks by crushing the bark with jin pliers to create a jin. Then carve it out with a craft knife or fiber pull to shape and texturize the jin.

Guess you never can have to many tools though! ;)
 

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X-acto has a nice tool that works well and you can buy it at your local hardware store, the blades are separate, but the plastic handle words well.


keep it green,
Harry
 

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Thanks for posting that Harry. I didn't know X-acto made this set.
 

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The patent is good but a 1" blade seems a power tool might be better suited for that job.

Harry I have the x-acto set acquired before bonsai. Good for balsa or really softwood but nothing else IMO.

I have these coming, size more suitable for what I want to do after coarse removal with power tools.
 

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The patent is good but a 1" blade seems a power tool might be better suited for that job.

Harry I have the x-acto set acquired before bonsai. Good for balsa or really softwood but nothing else IMO.

I have these coming, size more suitable for what I want to do after coarse removal with power tools.

The x-acto tools are great for taking the bark off of newly created jin, the wood is still soft and workable. They don't however work very well on old dried large hard jin, you will need something a little tougher. Different tools for different jobs.

keep it green,
Harry
 

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The patent is good but a 1" blade seems a power tool might be better suited for that job.

Harry I have the x-acto set acquired before bonsai. Good for balsa or really softwood but nothing else IMO.

I have these coming, size more suitable for what I want to do after coarse removal with power tools.

A good friend and seasoned veteran in the club has these tools, and just this weekend, was telling me how well they work for him. I held one, and they have a great weight and balance, and I like that they work on the "pull" stroke rather than the "push" like lots of tools...seems to provide much more control.
 

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The x-acto tools are great for taking the bark off of newly created jin, the wood is still soft and workable. They don't however work very well on old dried large hard jin, you will need something a little tougher. Different tools for different jobs.

keep it green,
Harry
I forgot Harry, youz a green man. Yes they are definitely suitable for that, but totally useless on hardwood. I can send you my bent blades, might be good to you for going around corners;)
 

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Sorry...the ones in the photo that you had on order...!
 

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Hey Manny,
So I know you are aware that crushing and debarking fresh wood is the easiest way to create jin.
And, we work with lots of power tools.
But, I still like to have a nice "draw" took, because they will reach into places and deal with situations like no other tool.
So, I think you will use this tool and love it in the right situation. May be rare. Keep it dry and sharp.
Take care,
Chris
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www.telperionfarms.com
 

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Hey Chris!!! Nice to see you here.

Yeah I still crush the bark and remove with pliers but it always makes a mess in difficult to reach places. I thought I'd give this one a try.

Manny
 

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The patent is good but a 1" blade seems a power tool might be better suited for that job.

Harry I have the x-acto set acquired before bonsai. Good for balsa or really softwood but nothing else IMO.

I have these coming, size more suitable for what I want to do after coarse removal with power tools.

where did you find those? I've been looking for those forever!!!
 

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