When I first started in bonsai, I obviously did not know what I was doing, and I am still not saying that I know now. But I was given a lot of advice, and some I listened to, and some advice I did not. One piece of advice I wish I had listened to was that you get what you pay for when it comes to bonsai tools.
Bonsai is an expensive hobby, but you can make it less expensive for yourself.
I had visited a bonsai nursery for the first time about 15 years ago. That was my first real exposure to tools, supplies, and just how pricy some bonsai can be.
I purchased my first ever real bonsai tool that day. I purchased a pair of scissors. As I said, I did not know what I was doing. Bonsai was brand new to me. I bought the least expensive pair I found. At the time, I think I paid $30 for the scissors, maybe $25.
If I had taken the advice I was given, I would have purchased the more expensive pair. I went on to buy a concave cutter and a wire cutter. Again going for the less expensive bonsai tools.
As these less expensive tools broke, bent, chipped, or could not get a good edge on them, I had to replace them. I chose to replace them with a more expensive brand. I chose Kaneshin bonsai tools.
I chose the Kaneshin brand because it was recommended to me by a bonsai professional that I look up to and highly respect. He was not wrong in his suggestion. I have not had to replace these tools yet.
I use my Kaneshin tools more than I did the other tools. They hold their edge longer. The action is smoother. The Kaneshin brand bonsai tools feel good in my hand. Best of all, they have outlasted the other brand of tools that I have used.
Sometimes buying less expensive tools is nice, but, in the end, if you have to keep replacing your tools, then you might as well pay for quality tools and be done with it.
If you have not had the chance to check out the Kaneshin bonsai tools that I offer here at Sumo Bonsai Supply, I highly encourage you to check out the brand.