The Japanese Pull Saw has been around for more than 2,000 years. It is designed to cut on the pull stroke rather than the push stroke like Western saws.
The metals used on pull saws are designed to have very high tensile strength, for being pulled. So they can be very hard and thin. This gives you a very sharp and thin blade. This thin blade creates a very fine cut width, or kerf. Western style push saws have to be thicker and stand up to the compression of being pushed through material. Pushing a saw can cause flexing of the blade and a loss of control.
The thin hard blade on a Japanese pull saw will allow you to get a very precise, accurate cut with great control. The thin blade also lets you cut fast with less effort than a push style. Having a thin blade gives flexibility in tight corners and hard to reach situations.
Jacy Elsesser, from the store says, “One of the features of a pull blade is its flexibility, making it the perfect tool to cut the trim around doors when you are putting down new tile. You can line up a loose tile next to a door molding and lay the pull saw on top of the tile and flex the handle to cut, while the blade will lay flat to cut your new height on the door molding. No need to remove all the molding to cut it to length.”
Most Western hand saws come in two styles, cross cut or rip. Cross cut blades are designed to cut at right angles to the grain of the wood. The cross cut blade is sharpened like a knife. A rip blade it designed to cut with the grain of the wood and acts more like a chisel. With a Japanese pull saw, you can get 2 sided saws that have both styles on one blade. Having both blades on one saw is a great bargain and versatility at home or on the job.
This hardware store’s suggestion for a hand saw to have around the house is the Japanese Pull Saw. You can watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/
You can visit the Villa Park Hardware at 46 S. Villa Ave. Villa Park, IL 60181 or look at their training online at http://www.villaparkhardware.com.