March 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm #15466
Do you prefer a Japanese or western style handsaw? What makes you like one or the other or both?
DanMarch 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm #15479
good topic dan, ive been using japanese saws for about 8 years now. i use japanese saws more often, mostly for finish work type cuts. i have the lee valley folding model and a cheap one for siding in my siding bucket buddy and a silky gomboy folding saw in my interior trim kit. their amazing.. they cut very fast and very clean with a tiny kerf
the only thing i use a western saw for anymore is cutting icf block. western sawa almost feel alien to me now that ive been using japanse saws so longMarch 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm #15481
I’m with you Jeff. I very rarely use a western style saw. Japanese saws are so much more efficient and make a better cut. I have the folding Lee Valley saw too in my tool bag and I have the rip tooth dozuki that I use in my shop. The only thing I prefer about a western saw sometimes is how the handle registers in your hand. I have a Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw that is a very nice saw but I usually end up using the dozuki instead just because of how it cuts. Cutting on the pull stroke just feels natural now.
DanMarch 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm #15489
how much do touch-up do you do after using the japanese hand saws?
John SMarch 6, 2013 at 5:22 am #15511
A lot of times no touch up work. In the case of cutting dovetails the cut line is the finished line. The fine Japanese saws produce such a fine kerf and clean line that if you cut accurately on your line there is no need to touch it up.
DanMarch 6, 2013 at 10:18 am #15546
dans right, japanese pull saws have a razor like finish because the blade is so thinMarch 6, 2013 at 11:26 am #15573
The only downside of a lot of Japanese saws is you can’t sharpen them yourself due to the complex tooth geometry. They usually stay sharp for quite awhile though so it’s not too much of an issue.
DanMarch 8, 2013 at 9:30 am #15913
thats crazy. they just look so funky i was always skeptical, haha!
Dan – the folding japanese saw you like at lee valley is around $45, right?
John SMarch 8, 2013 at 11:12 am #15948
John, the folding saw that I have is $34.90 at Lee Valley and the product # is 60T56.01 The saw that I have in my shop that’s my favorite is this one.
DanMarch 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm #15968
the two folding saws that i use are
and the other one isnt listed for some reason. hmmmMarch 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm #15974
thanks for the links guys!
John SMarch 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm #15977
no problem john, that silke saw i have is amazingMarch 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm #15986
What kind of saw is the other one you have Jeff? Is it a discontinued model?
DanMarch 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm #16021
its the lee valley one with the wood handle and a boat carved into the handle.. they use to have it in the display cabinet. you would know the one dan i just dont see it listed on the siteMarch 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm #16024
I don’t remember that one Jeff, I just looked back in my old catalogs too and didn’t see anything like that. Do you have a pic of it?
DanMarch 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm #16787
jeff – do you sharpen it yourself?
John SMay 29, 2013 at 7:19 am #27715
Gee, Looks like something I saw at the Blue Hashi Sushi restaurant the other day LOL. Seriously though, Cutting on the pull stroke sounds so weird to me, Seems like it would be harder to stay on the line??July 31, 2013 at 11:35 pm #35780
Jeff wrote:the two folding saws that i use are
and the other one isnt listed for some reason. hmmm
WoW,,,,,How come I don’t have one of those You been holding out????????????
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Member since January 26, 2013.August 1, 2013 at 4:49 am #35784
Boyd – I have found that cutting on the pull stroke is really quite easy to stay on the line! It is a little different but doesn’t take that long to adapt
John SAugust 2, 2013 at 11:34 am #35861
Cutting on the pull stroke is inherently easier think pulling trailer vs pushing a trailer. That being said I haven’t made the switch yet.
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