Bonsai Tool Guide

Ever wonder what a kumade is used for? Look no further for the answer to that question. In our latest guide, we explain the most popular bonsai tools and their uses.

This guide will explain common bonsai tools and their uses. If you need help selecting bonsai tools, please email us for advice!

Pointed nose shears

Pointed nose shears with a spring between handles. For small branch and root trimming.

Pointed nose shears with slip-through looped handle

Pointed nose shears with slip-through looped handle, also for trimming small branches and roots.

Small trimmer with slim handle and finger control

Small trimmer with slim handle and finger control. For trimming twigs, old flower buds, old berries or for leaf cutting. (HAGARI)

Large trimmer

Large trimmer, strong enough to cut a large branch or root.

KUIKIRI trimmer

KUIKIRI trimmer is designed in a special style to cut a branch or root clean without leaving a knob. It makes a concave cut which promotes faster healing. Do not use for twig trimming.

KUIKIRI trimmer

KUIKIRI trimmer is also used to cut a branch at the crotch.

Large KUIKIRI trimmer

Large KUIKIRI trimmer is used to cut a large branch, root or knob.

Folding saw small

Folding type saw is used to saw a branch, root or trunk that cannot be cut with other tools.

Folding saw large

Folding type saw. For sawing large roots or branches.

Hand pruner

Hand pruner for cutting large branches or roots.

Pocket knife

Pocket knife is handy in many ways, which includes grafting, budding, etc.

Double jointed wire cutter

Double jointed wire cutter, so called bolt cutter, for extremely large size wire.

Large straight pointed wire cutter

Large straight pointed wire cutter. Used for cutting both small and large size wires.

Small straight pointed wire cutter

Small straight pointed wire cutter. Used for small size wire. This is designed with a long handle, and has good leverage. Made in Japan.

Straight pointed wire cutter

Straight pointed wire cutter. Made in U.S.A.

Scissor-shaped small wire cutter

Scissor-shaped small wire cutter. Compact so that it can remain in the hand while rewiring small branches.

Pointed nose pliers

Pointed nose pliers for bending, twisting or removing strong wire. This type only the points are touching. Made in Japan.

Pointed nose pliers

Pointed nose pliers with beak completely touching. Made in U.S.A.

JIN maker pliers

JIN maker pliers for branch and trunk.


Two sizes of levers for use when a trunk or large branch is hard to bend by hand alone.

Bamboo chopsticks

Bamboo chopsticks with ends pointed, for removing the soil when transplanting or placing the soil later.

Fiber glass stick

Fiber glass stick, same purpose as Bamboo chopsticks.


KUMADE. Bear-claw shaped scratcher with a spatula end for removing the soil and pressing after transplanting.

Hand hook

Hand hook for removing the soil and combing tight roots when transplanting.


Trowel for pressing down soil ad moss after transplanting, especially around the edge of pot. Use straight edge for straight lined pot, and curved side for round or oval shaped pot.

Small hand broom

Small hand broom or brush to smooth off the surface soil after transplanting.


Tweezer for picking dead leaves, sticky needles, pulling weeds or catching insects from a tree. Spatula for removing or pressing soil.

Small scythe

Small scythe, used to loosen soil around edge of pot.


Turntable with stopper. Used mostly when shaping or transplanting large size trees. Must have stopper so that table will be stable while working.

Triangle wooden block

Triangle wooden block, 6 or 10 inches long. For setting the angle or position of the tree by inserting under roots or pot

Tin shears

Tin shears for cutting screen. Do not use branch trimmer for cutting screens.

Tin shears

Tin shears for opening tin or plastic containers. Do not use to cut branches.

Sprinkling can

Sprinkling can with fine rose for watering.


Sprinkling hose with a fine nozzle attached.

Water storing container

Water storing container, large pottery or wooden barrel.


Screen sieves for selecting the sizes of sand, soil and mulch.


1/2 inch, 1/4 inch, 1/8 inch, and 1/16 inch mesh screens.

Carving tools

Chisels and mallet

Electric drills


Hammer with pointed end, punch, lead (fishing sinker with hole) and wires for rock- clinging style (ISHIZUKE).

Moisture gauge

Tool box with extra trays

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