A Guide to The Japanese Hand Saw
If you are looking for a new experience when it comes to a saw then you will not want to ignore the Japanese saw. The Japanese saw is a very specific, handful and portable wood cutting tool. There are many variations to this saw and there is a lot to be learned about them. With this guide, we will walk you through different topics such as how to use Japanese saw techniques, nest Japanese saw review as well as hand saw sharpening.
How To Use The Japanese Pull Saw
Japanese saw are mostly used as wood hand saw even though they can sometimes be used to cut bones and metal as well. The biggest difference that is going to come with the Japanese wood saw is the way in which they are used.
With the Japanese hand saw the cut is made on the pull stroke. The advantage to this is the blade remains straight so a thick blade is not needed for cutting. A pull stroke has the advantage of less wood being cut away which means less sawdust to deal with and it doesn’t require as much physical effort as a push saw does. For those who are new to working with saws the Japanese pull saw is a great one to start with.
When using a Japanese Saw, it is recommended to proceed as followed:
- The cut begins with the back end of the saw.
- The handle is gripped slightly towards the back.
- Angle the blade slightly towards the stock.
- Perform the sawing motion with slight pressure and gentle strokes.
- Take it slow at first until you get the feel for using the Japanese saw.
Below is a video tutorial explaining the different steps on how to use a Japanese saw:
Note : Japanese saw are not electric saw; manual use only
The Japanese saw is often referred to as the Japanese razor saw or the Japanese hand saw, of which there are different types. Working with the Japanese woodworking saw takes very little getting used to.
The most common types are the following ones:
- Japanese Dovetail saw: For those who have a project that requires the need for joint making and precision work.
- Japanese Flush Cut Saw: Perfect for the cutting of dowels or pegs and is ideal for trimming. Note that the Japanese Flush Cut Saw is quite a small tool (usually about 12 inches)
- Japanese Timber Saw: The choice for cutting wood of large dimensions as it has a long slender tapered blade
- Japanese Pruning Saw: For those who have a need to cut wood that has a diameter 6 inches or less this saw will do the trick. It can handle both dry and green wood with its sharp teeth.
- Japanese Folding Saw / Japanese pocket saw: With the blades on the Japanese saw being small and slender they need protecting when not in use. There are some types that can be bought where the blade folds into the handle.
- Double sided Japanese Saw: The double sided Japanese saw is a good tool when you are looking for a multi-function cutting tool. Each side of the saw allows to perform a different type of cutting and wood carving
What are the best Japanese saw & brands
There are many top quality Japanese hand saws to choose from and these are just a few examples.
Japanese Pull saw lowes
The Japanese Pull saws at lowes are available in different models such as the Fine finish cut or the Dovetail.
Gyokucho Hand Saw lowes
There are different variations of the Gyokucho Hand Saw at lowes. One of the popular ones being the dovetail and joint saw. One of the advantages to the Gyokucho hand saw is the replaceable blades.
For those who want a high performing Japanese saw then the Tajima is a good option. It is comprised of a solid handle that allows for precision control of the Japanese steel blade that has spot hardened teeth.
Once adapting to the Japanese hand saw you won’t want to use any other type of saw.