Last time we talked about the advantages of a pull-stroke saw. This time, we’ll have a look at getting one for yourself.
A traditional Japanese saw looks a bit like a meat cleaver, with a long hardwood handle, wrapped in bamboo, extending straight back from the blade.
They come in a variety of specialty blades for various woodworking cuts. Sharpening the blades is quite difficult, so many saws come with replaceable blades. Now, the blades are more expensive than a standard handsaw sharpening, but they last a lot longer.
In recent years, North American versions have hit the market. Designed with a more traditionally shaped Western-style handle, they take less getting used to for the handyperson used to a conventional handsaw. They also often come with replaceable blades.
As with any saw, the more points per inch, the finer the cut will be. The teeth pattern may vary, depending on whether the saw is intended for cross-cutting only or ripping and cross-cutting. Some blades actually have teeth on either edge.
Next time, how to use it.