Innovation is not something we are accustomed to seeing in Japanese saw design, so when our sawsmith introduced us to his latest creation I was rather surprised.
This remarkable tool draws on the traditions of Japanese sawsmithing to produce a single saw that can be used for several cuts. Like all multifunction tools there are potentially compromises versus dedicated ones for a specific purpose, but the skill of the maker ensures that compromises for the user are minimised.
The teeth are a little longer than usual, providing excellent swarf clearance but a smooth cutting 14½tpi, making the saw suitable for a wide range of material thicknesses. The teeth have zero rake and an aggressive fleam angle so they can manage cross, rip and angled cuts with equal ease. The absence of a spine allows it to be used for sawing panels.
The plate is taper forged with unset teeth and supple spring temper, allowing the saw to be used for flush cutting without compromising accuracy for straight cuts or plate clearance for deep ones. Be careful not to bend it over too far when flush cutting - clearance for the handle is all that is needed.
As with all handmade saws this is a delicate precision instrument; but with care, practice and a light touch it has the potential to be the only one you use for the majority of typical furniture making cuts.
- Useable blade length: 235mm (9.25" approx)
- Blade thickness: (centre .54), (toothline 1.05), (tang 1.05)
- 16 tpi (crosscut)
- Overall length: 375mm (14.76" approx)
- Maximum depth of cut: Unlimited
Note: These handmade saws are not for beginners and are more suited to the experienced user. Our lifetime warranty does not apply to broken/damaged saw blades.