[NAFEX] Grafting tools

Chris Garriss cgarriss at garriss.net
Tue Apr 12 15:05:31 EDT 2011

I've one I bought about 10 years ago - not bottom end but not commercial
either.  Works best when scion & rootstock are similarly sized - does not
have to be exact by any means.

When Lee Calhoun was doing custom grafting he was using a very nice, very
"flexible" commercial unit...also rather expensive.

With the tool I have I can work 3 - 4 times faster.   For small time
grafters (like me), sharing a tool would make more sense.  But I would not
give up the one I have by any means.
On Apr 9, 2011 8:32 PM, "sherwin" <sherwindu at att.net> wrote:
> There has been some discussion of late among members of Midfex as
> to the relative merits of using a grafting tool in place of a knife.
> I tried to search Nafex by googling and also did some spot checking
> on the archives for mention of the use of this tool, but could find
> nothing. Either I missed it, or Nafex people are just not interested
> in these tools.
> Midfex teaches grafting with a knife and we occasionally get some
> injuries with the beginners. Some members are pushing for these tools
> as an alternative. I have never used one, but hear they have
> limitations, especially on smaller size wood. I have also seen
> discussion sites where people say they don't work. I have heard that
> commercial orchards and some mail order nurseries use them, but is this
> a tool that would work well for the backyard orchardist?
> Sherwin Dubren
> Morton Grove, IL
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