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Imagepajonica
Sep 12, 2010 12:50 AM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
When I confronted my first wood working jobs here I was quite surprised that many Japanese hand tools were totally different to the tools I was accustomed to using. Hand saws I found difficult to adjust to the most, now I would not even contemplate using anything else.
Japanese saws cut on the pull stroke rather than the push, this gives the carpenter some major advantages which at first glance are not immediately apparent. The first and foremost being the saw blade is considerably thinner, simply because it does not have to resist the thrust of a push stroke cut. Secondly, accuracy is dramatically improved as cutting on the back stoke is far easer to control. You may very well think as I did these would be slower and harder work to use, when in fact they are faster.
I would recommend any one that can get their hands one to try them.
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ImageLeftwood
Sep 15, 2010 10:07 PM CST
Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
Most branch pruning saws cut on the pull stroke too. Though pruning saw users may not have realized these important points on their own, I'm sure there was an ahah moment once you brought them up. Smiling
Imagepajonica
Sep 15, 2010 10:46 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Yes that is true, but these saws are for general woodworking and have the added advantage of being double edged, one edge for cross cuts the other for rip cuts. The ah! ah, moment is in understanding just how a saw works or any other tool for that matter, therein is the secret, along with an understanding and a feel for the material being worked.
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
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Imagepajonica
Sep 17, 2010 8:48 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Hey Rick I do like your avatar, cool!
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
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Imagebeckygardener
Sep 19, 2010 7:16 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
That is very interesting! I am going to have to share that with my dh! As a cabinet maker and installer, he'd find that VERY interesting! Thanks for sharing that tidbit with us, Jon!
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Imagepajonica
Sep 20, 2010 1:01 AM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Hi Becky, I'm quite sure your dh would like them as I do! They can be purchased on line too, just search Japanese hand saws, there are a lot of suppliers.

Jon
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 20, 2010 11:35 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Thanks for that info, Jon! Pretty efficient hand saw!
Another Day in Paradise!

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