Found myself in need of a new saw for cross-cutting and another for ripping. Looked at the Axminster Tools Catalogue (Axminster in Devon, UK) which my son describes as ‘pornography for woodworkers’, and found a Japanese pull saw which combines both functions. It was not cheap but I bought it by mail order anyway.
Very flexible blade with teeth of different profiles on top and bottom of the long dimension, and a straight handle. Did some sawing and could not believe the experience. Firstly, pulling the saw was easier physically; secondly, it was more accurate; thirdly, it worked well for both ripping and cross-cut. Finally, the surface of the sawn area looked as if it had been sanded to 400 grit! Absolutely unbelievable result. So I am now converted to Japanese pull saws as default for if/when I need a keyhole saw or similar. It was, in summary, a happy discovery.