|Review by Mainiac Matt||posted 01-22-2014 04:30 PM||3490 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
After watching with great interest the enthusiasm out there for Japanese pull saws I decided I’d like to try one. But I was quickly overwhelmed by the variety, terminology and prices.
The Shark saws looked interesting, but I was turned off by the plastic handles and thought they would be a disappointment….... boy was I wrong.
When given an Amazon gift card back in 2012, I saw I had two Shark saws in my wish list and came back to the idea. For the low price, I figured I couldn’t be too disappointed.
If I have my terminology correct, this saw falls into the Dozuki category, as it has a back.
The blade is really thin and I thought it would surely soon get bent. But WOW! it sure makes a whisper thin kerf.
For me, having the back made getting used to the whole pull saw idea a lot easier. I actually place the blade and start the cut with a push stroke and then pull away with that initial scratch to guide me. It takes some getting used to, but the cut is VERY fine, and yet the saw cuts quite aggressively.
The saw is intended for cross cutting, but for short cuts, it also does pretty darn well with the grain (though it’s certainly not the tool for ripping a board).
I’m certainly not any kind of Galoot master (I’ve never hand cut dovetails, though I’m itching to try). And my only real point of comparison is a Crown Gentleman’s Saw (with the flip handle). The Shark cuts finer and faster than the Crown, hands down. And though my shop and woodworking revolves mainly around power tools, when I need a fine and precise cut, or I just want to make a quick cut without firing up the DC, I reach for this saw first.
Two years later and I never did bend the blade as feared.
I also have the double sided Shark Ryoba style saw. And though I found this saw quite a bit harder to get the hang off, using the Dozuki style with the back has helped me get the technique.
So if you’re thinking about “turning Japanese” (old Bowie tune :^) or simply want a good, inexpensive fine cut hand saw, I think you’ll be very happy with this one.
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