Today in this post we want to talk about branch cutters and how to choose a concave branch cutters.
I got a couple branch cutters right here. I’ve gotten some and different materials. I got carbon steel right here and I’ve got a stainless steel one as well and I thought it’d be fun just sort of discuss about:
- Why you should have concave branch cutters
- why they’re important when you’re doing bonsai
- A guide about the tools steel.
- Which ones to choose when you’re shopping for a concave cutters
What is a concave cutter for?
The main purpose why you need a concave branch cutter is so that you can cut heavy branches so shears you know will help you cut smaller branches like secondary branches, maybe some foliage, but when it comes down to making a big cut on a big branch that you want to remove something that’s larger then you’ll need to move on to some thing like a concave branch cutter.
and the concavebranch cutter is just that as a branchcutter and it’s got concave shape tohelp you sort of cut through brancheswith little to no effort
What kind of steel work best?
I’ve gothere spread out on my little turntableright here a couple different concavebranch cutters of different brands andthey’re using different materials andthey’re made in either Japan or China sothe first one is this made in Chinacarbon steel one right here and this oneis the one that you go find very youknow you’re gonna find this one easilythey go very affordable usually overright around twenty to twenty-fivedollars and these ones are going to theywill accomplish exactly what you needyou know they’ll be able to make a cutexactly you know exactly where you want it
no that’s why it’s shaped like thisso you can get right up against thebranch and cut flush you can see thatright now and cut flush right againstthat the downside to it is that sincethey’re a little bit cheap where thequality isn’t going to be as good do yougo like this when you first get themthey’re gonna be a little stiff but theydo loosen up over time what typicallyhappens is this joint right here wherethey’re joined together will start tosort of break away and then I’ll startto get loose but oh it that takes sortof a lot of time and that’s after a lotof uses but that doesn’t mean that a badI mean if you’re just starting out andyou’re looking for affordable branchcutter the man China carbon steel onesare good to goyou can still cut through the branchesand if you’re only using them once in awhile you know you’ve got you know maybeyou’ve got like two to three trees andyou’re cutting through just a branchhere and there and these might be theway to go another downside to the carbonsteel ones is that they will rust if youleave them outside.
What Kind Of Tool Should You Purchase First?
so if you’re kind ofwhere or whether or not you’re going tokeep them you know maintain or keep theminside you might want to stay away fromsome of these carbon steel carbon steeltools and then so I’ve got my matingcarbon I mean I got my carbon steelI made a china tool right here and thenif you move up and you want to go tostainless you’ve got this one tooand what I’ve got here is a Riga concavebranch cutter that sort of has aspherical knob cutter you can see theshape right there it’s a littledifferent because you can sort ofaccomplish some things that knob cutterwould not exactly the things that an OPcould I could do but at least it givesyou a little bit more options because ofthat spherical shape right there thenice thing about a stainless steel toolis that they won’t rest so if you leavethem out you know if you’ve gotsprinklers going on and sometimes youknow you leave your tools out thesewon’t rust so you can leave them out inthe rain and they’ll work you know justas good as when you you know that theday before before rain now moving up soI’ve got my carbon steel in China mystainless steel men in China both goodtools if you’re just starting out theseare gonna be a little bit more expensivethan these guys but the you know I thinkthat if you’re not exactly sure whereyou go place them stainless steel isprobably the way to gothen we’re moving up to our main andJapan carbon steel tools okay so nowyou’ve got this I’ve got it I’ve got onethis is actually part of my tool kitthis is she say branch cutter and I’vegot two sizes here right here I’ve gotmy little one and then the gigantic oneand this is going to be the flush one aswell it’s not gonna be spherical thesetools I’ve been using these every singleday constantly and you can kind of hearit still got a good point right there Istill got a good point it still cutsperfectly flush you can see that it’sexactly lined up perfectly still
“What branch cutter Should you purchase next?
so Iuse these guys every day and the wear iskind of nice see I don’t leave I’ve leftthese out yes in the rain maybe once andif you use some oil you can’t get it offso it’s not the end of the world if youleave these out but you just gotta makesure you treat them right awayI probably left them out in the rain formaybe just an hour before I realizedthat it was raining and I brought themback in so she saved branch cutter thisguy and then when I have my hugebranches that I need to cut I’ll bringout this one this one right here andI’ll use this to cut branches that aremaybe about you know two two-and-a-halfinches in diameterabout two two-and-a-half inches indiameter and I’ll be able to cut throughit with this guy with no problems thenlastly I’ve got this new brand that I’mcarrying it’s the young omitsu tool andI’ve been just using this just for a fewdays and is this great tool you knowit’s this one probably are more used todoes she say one just because I’ve hadit for so long but this made in Japancarbon steel yogam it’s the tool is itfeels just as good it might end up youknow at some point you know it dependson how much you so I get out of this onebut this one should last forever but youknow so far I’ve been kind of using thisone a lot it’s got a really good pointit lines up really nice right there it’sreally flush and then you can tear it ifyou can hear that it’s very solidso the Yakama omitsu branch cutter I’vegot these available and these ones arevery good I’ve had I’ve actually enjoyedthese a lot so far so which one do youchoose I mean you’ve got all these toolsat least all these brands all thesemanufacturers and all these differentdifferent you know components and you’vegot these different materials which onesyou end up choosing well when you’refirst starting out you know the Maineand China carbon steel tools areactually really useful you can see thatit’s kind of stiff you know it loosensup over time but they still will cut thebranch with no problem I mean if youdrop them yeah they might you know ifyou drop them from a certain height theymight you know not withstand it but forthe most part they’re gonna do what youneed so if you’re on a budget the MaineCharlie carbon steel tools are actuallya pretty good bet and then from thereyou’ve got to sort of weigh you know interms of cost maybe you’re jumping upabout $40 from this guy from this guyright here is you’ve got to make a betwhether or not you’re gonna go stainlesssteel where you’re going to mate in showor you’re gonna choose made in Japanand that’s sort of that sort of whereyou got to make your decision if youknow you’re going to take care of yourtools I definitely go for the carbonsteel ones there they feel a lotstronger there are a lot more durable interms of power but in terms of waterresistance it’s going to be thestainless steel one then lastly you’vegot sizes so you got this one which is atypical eight inch I think this iseleven and a half so you’ve got sizes ofbranch cutters and I think that if youjust starting out with one you probablyonly need the eight-inch one you can usea different technique for cutting thebranch that you can for cutting biggerbranches with this one as long as youuse the correct technique you can stillcut big branches with this one just asyou would with this one so having thesmaller one doesn’t mean that you’relimited on some branches I mean if yougot a branch that’s going to be aboutthree or four inches thick in diameteryou might just want to just break out asaw and cut it with the saw but ifyou’ve got a smaller branch or somethingaround you know one to two then you candefinitely use the eighth inch everysingle tool no matter the manufacturereven if you’ve got a very high qualitybrand if you misuse your tool there’s ahigh likelihood that you’re going tobreak it and sometimes that doesn’t haveto do with the quality if I’m going inhere with the same I may in Japan carcarbon Steel’s were right here this yogimints a tool and I go and try to cut arock or something like that it’s goingto damage the tool you just knock it’sjust not going to do it it’s not made todo that so you’re in you’re going to endup damaging it’s go damage both the manJapan I’m still and the made in China carbon steel so make sure that you you know you have some expectations of your tools to not get carried away with it and try to cut things that you’re not supposed to another thing is
if you dropthem you know say you drop them fromreally high there’s a chance that youmight you know this might get mis aligned a little bit so you want to take care of your tools for the most part
they’re going to you know the differentquality levels on the tools are going toimpact the performance for what it’ssort of made for so if you’re made to isif it’s made of cut branches you knowthat the performance levels are going tosort of improve as you go up in qualityso when you start using these bring outmuch you say one here because it’s myfavorite
if you start using these youknow you when you make the cut on thebranch you can go this right here that’slike that’s sort of perfect you knowflat point right there well let you goflush with the branch exactly so you cancut it so you can’t see the branchat all you can go right up against itand sort of this angle that it is thatthis angle here will help you maneuverin through branches and get into thesort of exactly where the branch comesout from the trunk and you’ll be able tocut it with this easily okay so I justgrabbed this tree that I just repaired alittle bit but I want to demonstratequickly and what you can do with thebranch cutters I’ve got it right hereokay I’ve got a branch right here that’scoming off right here see this guy righthere we can do with the branch cutter sothis is how you use it is you can comeup flush on it like this then we get abetter angle you come up flush rightthere right up against itsee it and that’s sort of the shape thatsort of benefits you got that concavegotcha I mean cut flush with it and onceyou make that cut it’ll be flush rightthere yanking going with the knob cutterand make it a little bit smoother butwith that with the angle of this and theshape of this clunky branch cutter youcan make that cut really easily now forthis bigger branch you know I can breakout the briga tool so if you’ve got abeer garden conk a branch cutter you canuse this to cut that whole branch off inone shot if you don’t have this you canuse your branch cutter again the eightinch now of course you can use your mainkind of carbon steel use your stainlesssteel whichever one you want right nowfor this one I’m just go down the streetwith my favorite tool two sheets a carbon steel and you can do two cuts now this one you could probably do it in one cut you can see how it fits around the whole thing but if you’re not exactly sure you can do with two cuts you can do one try it can diagonal cut like there okay that cuts off the bottom part like this like that okay and then you do another one from the top and an ankleand you create this little V and you’vegot that in kind of a –
so basically youdo one cut which it takes off the bottomhalfand then you do the other cut off thetop which takes off the top and thenthat’s how you sort of cut a biggerbranch with just the smaller branchcutter now of course if you’ve got thebig one you can just go around the wholething like this right around the wholething like thatand make one cut just like that so ifyou’re shopping for a branch cutteryou’ve knows you know some things tolook out for you’ve got material you’vegot the sizing and you’ve got thecountry of origin it’s good to check on all three of those things especially the country of origin
The country of origin of bonsai tools
some of these brands are a little bit elusive when it comes to exactly where they’re made so that’s good to double check that all right soI’ve included the link to these branchcutters in the description below I’vegot links to all the different ones thecarbon steel ones the stainless steelones and all the different manufacturesif you’ve got any questions please feel or let me know in the comments belowotherwise thanks for reading.