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A Whale of a Saw Part II - History of the Mae-biki Oga

06-23-2013 07:49 PM by fissionchips | 5 comments »

Restoring a maebiki oga led me to delve into the history of this iconic saw. The maebiki oga (前挽き大鋸, literally ‘large’ saw, dubbed whaleback saw in english) holds an important place in Japan’s history. The oga saw was invented in Japan around 1590, and was in use for 400 years until Japan’s industrial revolution in the Meiji period, when it was superseded by mechanized sawmills. Predecessor saws were first imported from China around 1400 as steel became available. ...

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Hand Tool Journey #3: Amazing find... Maebiki-nokogiri

05-18-2009 05:48 PM by Blake | 16 comments »

So as I have mentioned in previous blogs, I have been studying and collecting Japanese hand tools. And my favorite book which has inspired the collection is JAPANESE WOODWORKING TOOLS by Toshio Odate. In this book there is a section on saws (Nokogiri) where Odate proudly displays a favorite in his collection: This saw was a rip saw used to mill large stock. The wide blade was designed to keep the cut straight in very thick lumber. It was used by the mighty kobiki-shokunin (s...

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