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 the 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 you more flexibility in tight corners and hard to reach situations.
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.
For most hand saws, they 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.
For long cuts, you can start with the edge furthest away from your body and cut at a small angle. You can tilt the blade from almost horizontal to about 15%. This will give you great control and full strokes. Once you have your starting cut, it is very easy to keep the cut accurate and in view.
The Japanese pull saw is an excellent saw to add to your tool box.
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