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Joshua Roth tools?

Post  DreadyKGB on Thu May 05, 2011 5:23 am

Hey all,
I am looking to get a few new tools, the cheap Chinese ones I have now are just not up to par anymore. The problem is that I don't have a whole lot of money to spend. I was thinking about purchasing a concave cutter and knob cutter by Joshua Roth which I found at a reasonable price. Does any one have experience with these tools? I'm looking at the novice models. How do these tools compare? Does any one recommend another reasonably priced brand? Thanks

Todd

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu May 05, 2011 8:30 am

DreadyKGB wrote:Hey all,
I am looking to get a few new tools, the cheap Chinese ones I have now are just not up to par anymore. The problem is that I don't have a whole lot of money to spend. I was thinking about purchasing a concave cutter and knob cutter by Joshua Roth which I found at a reasonable price. Does any one have experience with these tools? I'm looking at the novice models. How do these tools compare? Does any one recommend another reasonably priced brand? Thanks

Todd

I don't have any Joshua Roth tools so I will not comment there, but I will say that I have found very little use for a "knob cutter." I do have one, but I can't remember ever using it. When bonsai people discuss tools I suppose it get as interesting as a discussion of soil. But, I would get a spherical concave cutter of medium size and a good pair of bonsai shears. The spherical concave cutter has a more rounded blade than the traditional concave cutter. I have been doing this a while and have a large collection of tools, but those are the two I use most. The others are a good pair of tweezers for weeding and a fork for clearing soil and working in fertilizer.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Thu May 05, 2011 12:09 pm

I am very please with my Joshua Roth tools. My tools are still going strong ten years after buying my set. I clean and sharpen them once a year and they perform well. I will get the stainless steel tools after I win the lottery Laughing . The Knob cutter comes in very handy; I use it often for carving our areas where I removed branch and root stubs close to the trunk. After carving out the rough, a chisel or grinder will clean up the rest.
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Post  Ravi Kiran on Fri May 06, 2011 11:45 am

Hey Todd,

Had a friend get a concave cutter all the way from the USA to India for me. Have been using it for sometime now. Great one. I am sure that the rest of them are as good if not better.

Close your eyes and go for them. I am sure you will not regret...

Ravi

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Post  Guest on Sun May 08, 2011 4:00 am

When I do Bonsai, 99 % of the time I have a straight up concave cutter in my hand. If I was limited to only ONE tool with which to work I would pick that one. The knob cutter is nice for carving out large cuts back to the trunk line, or if you do a trunk reduction to help "sculpt" back from the initial flat cut. Its my close second and is usually close by, but as I say I do almost everything with my concave. Get a spherical concave cutter and you have the best of both. When I started out I got a whole tool set, Looking back I could have just bought a nice spherical concave cutter and spent the rest on wire.

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