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What bonsai tools should I start with?

There are many options for bonsai tools and what supplies you should start with depends on the kind of tree you have and the type of work you plan on doing. A complete set of tools generally includes bonsai shears, wire cutters (manufactured for bonsai styling, not regular wire cutters), jin pliers, knob cutters, concave cutters, wire in various sizes, a root hook and a broom. As a beginner, you can generally start with just bonsai shears for a while. However, if you plan on starting with untrained nursery stock or collecting trees from the wild, you will find a lot of the other tools helpful. At a minimum, we would recommend these as a basic bonsai tool starter set: Bonsai...

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