With the forefinger, middle finger and fourth finger one next to the other the thumb, which is the only finger making an effort in ICHIBAN, would push the tool forward, thus straining the wrist.
With the forefinger and middle finger outside the grip the tool would be nearly upright, so the wrist would be bent backwards.
If you put your fingers in the grip, since you cannot move them freely you will lose the control on the tool and with time there could be skin callosities, the most common problem due to the use of standard tools available on the market.
Many people are always tense in front of their bonsais and transmit their anxiety holding the tool as if it was a bludgeon, so annoying and prolonged finger pains are inevitable. In particular I refer to women, who always take special care of their hands.
We will use the digital pulps on our fingertips to hold ICHIBAN very naturally and comfortably, spreading the tool weight on all the 5 fingers, while only the stronger finger will do all the movements.
The hand holding ICHIBAN always remains in a relaxed position and we guarantee that any type of hand can best enjoy the benefits of the innovative design of ICHIBAN grip.
Try to close your empty hand slightly! Look at the position of your fingers! Now look at the position of your fingers holding ICHIBAN. It’s the same. Your fingers do not make any effort. Welcome to a future of relaxation and functionality!
On the market there are left-handed tools costing up to 4 times a standard tool. ICHIBAN is the first tool in bonsai history which has been studied to fit in both hands. To use and hold the tool left-handers will only have to push towards the palm inside with their thumb.
ICHIBAN grip helps you achieve the best performance in any position: if you are pruning a branch so that your wrist is under the elbow level we recommend that you put your middle finger inside the grip next to the little finger.
If you are in rest position or are working with your wrist at the elbow level we recommend that you keep your middle finger outside the grip.
With your wrist above the elbow level or also with your elbow pushed forward we recommend that you put your middle finger inside the grip. This half-ring is intentionally tight to make your finger hold the tool only with the tip. Don’t worry, we know you and we thought about everything!