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Bonsaiteen

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Tools???
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:46 PM »
 Hello everybody. I had a question about which brand of tools I should buy. I was thinking of buying a complete stainless steel TinyRoots set. Are these a good choice, or are there any other brands/sets/metals that would better.
 

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2013, 03:29 AM »
i personally use and like kaneshin tools i switched from joshua roth to kaneshin this past spring and love the feel and quality of the tool is high quality and its a company with history which is alway a good thing
 

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 04:52 PM »
I have not tried Tiny roots, but I have tried a few other brands before.  If I want something nice I typically go with Kaneshin which you can find on Ebay from a couple solid sellers in Japan or Masakuni which I buy from California Bonsai Studio. 
 

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2013, 01:21 PM »
I have been investigating this too. You can only use your wifes cuticle cutters for so long!

  As far as any tool, you get what you pay for.  I haven't used anything yet. But love this http://www.ichiban.it/

  Don't be disatisfied, get the professional grade, Japanese stainless.

Even my Chinese stainless scissors are still Sharp.

Go stainless.

Sorce
 

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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2013, 01:44 PM »
I will probably be publicly lambasted for this, but I just bought a set on eBay. Was about $80 and I got a whole bunch of tools. So far they have been great, cutting cleanly etc. Keep in mind I have been at this for less than a year as well.

I would have liked to get some serious professional grade tools, but I wasn't sure if this was going to be a temporary hobby interest or end up being a long-term passion. Eventually I think I will buy a few expensive pieces, but for now root hooks and basic pruners and knob cutters etc. off eBay have been fine.
 

dre

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2013, 01:55 PM »
in response to Yenling83 comment don't buy kaneshin tools on ebay buy them directly from kaneshin there customer service is so great that is what kept me going back to them to buy all my tools
 

Yenling83

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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2013, 06:05 PM »
in response to Yenling83 comment don't buy kaneshin tools on ebay buy them directly from kaneshin there customer service is so great that is what kept me going back to them to buy all my tools

Oh nice, what site or phone number do you use?

Also nothing wrong with getting inexpensive tools to start out with.  I bought a similar set off ebay for around $80 and it was okay for a while, then I slowly started buying nicer ones over the next few years and am still working on that.  There are some good cheap options like using ARS Scissors and any old pliears you can find at the hardware store.  I'm sure you could find some good bud/weed/needle pulling tweezers from a medical supply place or likely from a Jewelry supply place.  I've also got dental picks for cleaning areas on collected junipers.     
 

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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2013, 01:40 PM »
Dre and Yen,

 I was just looking at the Kaneshin site. Any word on how the concave cutters close. "like scissors not tweezers".
What are taxes and duties like, worth going direct?

I appreciate good customer service.

Any more detailed info would be welcome.

Thanks.
 

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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2013, 01:36 PM »
Hey Yen,
  I noticed you were here, then realized I've read your blog before. Nice and thanks. I'd love to know what you have to say of kaneshin. See above.

Thanks. and congrats on the graduation!

Sorce
 

Yenling83

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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2013, 07:55 PM »
Hey Source

Thanks bud! I have 4 differnt Kaneshin tools which I purchased all off of Ebay.  I am very happy with all of them and would reccomend them as being very fairly priced and good quality.  I'm sure anything you purchase from them will be good.  Masakuni is another good brand.  The nice part about purchasing from one of the two Kaneshin Ebay sellers is you can easily see exactly how much it will cost with shipping.  However, the next time I purchase a Kaneshin tool i'm going to try and call them and purchase directly from the site.  You might also try Owen on this forum, I heard that the nursery he apprentices at sells Kaneshin sometimes and he may be able to sell them to you.

Thanks,
Jeremiah
 

ortizdhs

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Re: Tools???
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2013, 04:29 PM »
I have a set of Tiny Roots, not stainless steel, and they are great. What you need to keep in mind is that stainless tool don't retain their sharpness as long as carbon.
 

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« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2013, 02:21 AM »
Dre and Yen,

 I was just looking at the Kaneshin site. Any word on how the concave cutters close. "like scissors not tweezers".
What are taxes and duties like, worth going direct?

I appreciate good customer service.

Any more detailed info would be welcome.

Thanks.
i can take a picture of mine if you would like but they are like scissors the cut on the tree is so clean im just mad i didn't buy them earlier
 

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« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2013, 06:26 AM »
Thanks guys.

Stainless or carbon?

I watched the video online at Kaneshin. One cut looked like it made a step down pattern in the wound, but the rest were very clean.               

Would you call this "scissors" action superior? Or an equal alternative?

Thanks again!