Shears and scissors

Sometimes called Bonsai scissors or shears, these are very effective at trimming plant roots, branches, and twigs. You can even use them to trim difficult species that require a fine hand and a delicate. Search our selection of the most traditional and useful bonsai scissors.

satsuki bonsai shears by tianbonsai tools

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Trimming scissors 7″ (180mm)
stainless steel

Guide To Bonsai Shears. When practicing the ancient art of Bonsai, Japanese and chinese Bonsai shears should be among the very first tools you acquire.

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The most popular shear used for cutting and trimming bonsai trees is the trimming shears.

This shear features a traditional wide opening for fingers to comfortably grip around the frame for easy cutting while creating a powerful force into unexpected obstacles encountered while trimming.

This product can be purchased for multiple uses such a leaf trimming, minor cutting of twigs, little roots, etc.

The tool is made to cuts leaves, small twigs, roots, and for general bonsai shaping.Guide the tool around the surface to remove unwanted growth, or into deep, open, and hard-to-reach areas of branches.

Trimming Scissor

180 mm Satsuki style scissor.

Made for fine trimming, buds, and flowers of bonsai.

The bonsai scissors we recommend for quick and smooth trimming of pine buds, twigs, leaves, and branches are our basic trimming scissors as known as Satsuki Style scissors.

bonsai scissor

Trimming scissor 7″ (180 mm)
stainless steel

This bonsai tool is ideal for non-aggressive, daily maintenance. It works great as a bonsai bud snipping tool. Used on leaves and small twigs or branches. It is a very lightweight tool and perfect for small cuttings.

Trim and shape the leaf structure on bonsai trees. Do not use this tool for heavy shear work. Glide the scissors among already trained leafy areas with quick and smooth motion. Keep the blades very sharp. Oil frequently and keep clean.

200 mm trimming scissors

Similar to our regular 180 mm azalea style trimming scissor, this tool is alike in many respects, except it is longer.

Used well in deep foliage areas of bonsai trees. Like any gardening scissors, just trim and maintain the shape of the branches. However, enjoy the benefits of getting into hard-to-reach areas with this tool.

The advantage this item has is that this frame sports a longer neck, blade, and handle thus extending the range in which it can reach into your bonsai. This tool can reach deep into the foliage for a penetrating snip, a true bonsai snipping scissor. It’s ideal for leaves, small branches, buds, and is perfect as a twig trimmer. Made for foliage maintenance of bonsai trees.

It’s important that this tool stays sharp. Keep it lubricated and clean.

How to use my bonsai scissor

Use it like a barber’s scissor; the best technique is to make small, swift, and multiple cuts rather than tackling a large mass on one pass.
Keep oiled, sharp, and clean. Inspect often and contact us if you have any questions.

Heavy-Duty Butterfly Bonsai Shear

Known as a butterfly shear, this particular tool is made for larger trees and tough cutting jobs. Many people especially like the extra-wide and curving handle grip, making cutting your tree easy and more comfortable. With wider blades than most, it’s considered a medium to heavy-duty shear.

bonsai scissors butterfly style by tianbonsai tools
bonsai scissors butterfly style by tianbonsai tools

Use this butterfly shear to trim, cut, and prune areas that are harder than most. It’s grip is designed to be functional and comfortable.

zGlide the shears over overgrown areas of your bonsai tree, for a swift, and constant prune. Encourage branch and leaf formation by constant pruning with this tool.

Keep oiled, clean, and sharp. When finished, do not keep wet or outside.

Small Traditional Bonsai Shear

The Small Traditional Bonsai Shear, is like the Common Bonsai Shear in every aspect, except it is a smaller size. It’s perfect for beginners or children.

It is the perfect tool to use as a trimmer, cutter, shear, and scissor. It is a nice item to add to a toolset and is commonly used on small bonsai trees. It is designed to assist a child’s training in the art.
Being a shear, the tool is generally used as a cutting device for bonsai trees. It’s used to cut leaves, branches, twigs, roots, etc. Stay away from large wood specimens with this item.

If tackling dense branches, we recommend starting off with the Heavy-Duty Butterfly Bonsai Shear.
Be sure to keep the tool sharp and lubricated. Inspect often and clean.

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