I also have specialized knob cutters and heavy cutters to reduce big dominant roots. I tend not to look at brands. I look at prices and I buy in person. Over the years, you get a feel for a decent tool, regardless of the name on it (and BTW, most tools are made by only two, possibly three manufacturers in Japan, China has a lot, but their tools are mostly crap)i wouldnt stress about this, often i find myself using secateurs, sharp scissors or even blunt over used ones. large knob cutters on heavy or woody roots. very rarely do i use the bonsai specific root cutters.
these ones, they come in handy though on occasion as theyre also great at tearing slivers out of wood!
I have a pair like this or similar in almost every room. Used some just half an hour ago thinning a mahogany.Here's what I use ...as long as I'm not cutting through HUGE roots. The angle helps keep the bottom of the rootball flat.
That’s what’s up. Thanks!I use these for 99% of my root pruning:
a bonus is that they come apart easily and that makes the edge easy to redress. I have had the same pair for three years now.
This is also what Kaneshin themselves recommend to me (attached), when I inquired about getting pruning shearsI don't replace root shears with new root shears. Since the tools used to reduce roots take ALOT of abuse and wear, I prefer to use older shears used on top growth
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