Japanese Saws cut on the pull stroke as opposed to Western saws which cut on the push stroke. In use, the tension from the pulling force keeps the blade straight. As a result, the saw blades can be made extra thin with very narrow kerfs (width of cut). Japanese saws then create a narrow kerf which means less friction and in turn reduces the power needed to make the cut. The end result is a fast and controlled cut with a high degree of accuracy.
Japanese Saws may be categorized into three major types: 1. DOZUKI SAWS - Has the thinnest blades of them all. A single-sided saw with a reinforced back that adds stability but also limits the depth of cut. The Dozuki is the best choice for high precision cuts, e.g. dovetails, tenons and other fine joinery. 2. KATABA SAWS - A single-sided saw with a slightly thicker blade relative to the Dozuki. The thicker blade eliminates the need for a reinforced back and allows for deep and long cuts. In terms of general woodworking and fine carpentry, the Kataba is probably the most useful general purpose japanese saw. 3. RYOBA SAWS - This is a double-sided saw with teeth on both sides of the blade. One side has cross-cut teeth and the other side has rip-cut teeth. A very versatile saw used by woodworkers and carpenters alike.
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