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Choosing a concave cutter. 1 year 10 months ago #28545

Good day, good sirs.
I'm thinking of buying a cutter, but I'm not sure which is better. So, maybe ,you could help me.
Which one is worth buying for a bonsai-newbie or just a plant-lover? :)

1) Japanese, carbon steel, 210mm, $38
www.ebay.com/itm/OSUKA-Bonsai-Branch-Cut...8:g:3JgAAOSwxg5Xz~Wi
Or
2) Chinese, stainless steel, 165mm, $32
www.ebay.com/itm/Branch-Cutter-Straight-...6:g:kZ0AAOSwXeJXdgD2

P.S. I hope it's ok to post links here? :whistle:
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Choosing a concave cutter. 1 year 10 months ago #28551

Hm.. When it comes to bonsai tools, quality and price most of the time go hand in hand. These look very similar. I think I would prefer the carbon steel, instead f the stainless. These can be sharpened better.

In the end the tools will both last a long time as long as you do not force them. The better the tool, the more abuse then can take before they bend. I basically only have cheap brandless tools, and find they work fine for me. But I do keep them sharp and rather do work in small steps, removing large sections small bites at a time.
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Choosing a concave cutter. 1 year 10 months ago #28553

And how cheap can be a brandless tool like a concave cutter?
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Choosing a concave cutter. 1 year 10 months ago #28555

depends a lot on where you are. But what you are showing, 20-30 euro is the start for reasonable cheap tools.
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Choosing a concave cutter. 1 year 10 months ago #28557

What is cheap in Europe or USA here, in Russia, becomes unreasonably expensive and hard to find :S

Thank you very much for your opinion, leatherback!
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Choosing a concave cutter. 1 year 10 months ago #28558

You can probably find people who make tools in Russia too?
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Choosing a concave cutter. 1 year 10 months ago #28559

Sure, anything you can pay for could be found :))
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Choosing a concave cutter. 1 year 9 months ago #29087

And here it is! :cheer:

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