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A scythe or sickle used for bonsai is a curved knife, usually serrated. Commonly used for trimming sod (sod cutter), scythes are excellent tools for repotting where they can be used to trim a layer of soil and roots with little effort.

Larger scythes of the type used to harvest grain (and Grim Reaper fame) find little application in bonsai.

Index to Bonsai Tools
Concave cutter | Knob cutter | Wire cutter | Wire plier | Branch splitter | Branch jack | Tweezers | Sieve | Root hook | Root cutter | Soil scoop | Chopsticks | Tamping trowel| Grafting knife | Whetstone | Graving set | Rotary grinder | Pull saw | Turntable
Shears and Scissors
Thinning shears | Decandling shears | Root shears | Leaf shears