The technique of splitting a heavy Bonsai branch prior to bending is used often in Japan. This tool is also great for splitting deadwood to make jins from branch stubs. Can also be used for root pruning beneath a flat nebari.
Bonsai Tools Cutting Guide.
Stainless steel small trunk splitters are suitable for splitting live wood up to 18mm. Deadwood up to 12mm.
For sharpening these tools we recommend our Diamond sharpening pen.
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