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Japanese Dozuki Saws

A terrific precision saw can cost as little as $25.

By Tom Caspar
What’s the point of a handsaw in a shop full of power tools? If the saw doesn’t cut worth a darn, not much at all. But if it’s a Japanese dozuki saw, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one. Dozukis are hand-powered cutting machines. They cost an average of $40 to $50. Handsaws go where machines can’t. Sometimes a cut is awkward or time-consuming to set up with a machine, but a good handsaw can do it lickety-split. I used to be a big fan of English-style handsaws, but when I tried a dozuki saw, there was no turning back.Let’s first take a look at the differences between Japanese and Western joinery saws and what makes Japanese saws so good. Then we’ll look at the general types of dozuki saws, and finally recommend some specific saws to buy.

Japanese and Western saws

All Japanese saws cut on the pull stroke; Western saws, as we all know, cut on the push stroke.


 

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