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08-02-2016 04:51 PM

I’m just looking for recommendations for where to buy good quality Japanese saws, is there anyway to tell the difference between good and bad ones? Are any manufacturers better then others? I currently have a fleet of Lie Nielsen planes but I’m not really liking any of the traditional western style saws and want to give the Japanese ones a try.

Thanks!

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG


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#1 posted 08-02-2016 04:57 PM

First place I’d look is Tools from Japan

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#2 posted 08-02-2016 06:07 PM

I like the Gyocucho saws with the bamboo handles
because they have stiffer blades than the plastic
handled saws. You’ll have to consider that the
traditional Japan saws are very tricky to sharpen
and the newer ones like the Gyocucho saws have
disposable blades with impulse hardened teeth. I
have had some for about 20 years. They stay
sharp if you don’t cut plywood with them.

I am also transfixed by the Japanese saw blades
combined with a German frame saw sold by Highland
Hardware. I don’t have one but since I prefer
to cut fine joints by hand with a bow saw and
adore the Japanese teeth, it seems like the joint-cutting
saw of my dreams.

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#3 posted 08-02-2016 06:07 PM

You might also want to look at Japan Woodworker

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#4 posted 08-02-2016 06:23 PM

+1 for Gyocucho

You didn’t say what you were using it for but I use the Gyocucho 372 for dovetails and sometimes as a small crosscut saw (just picked up a Veritas for this though). I can’t agree more. Starts easy and is a joy to use. Will probably always use one of these for hand cut joinery.

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#5 posted 08-03-2016 02:03 PM



+1 for Gyocucho

You didn t say what you were using it for but I use the Gyocucho 372 for dovetails and sometimes as a small crosscut saw (just picked up a Veritas for this though). I can t agree more. Starts easy and is a joy to use. Will probably always use one of these for hand cut joinery.

- ki7hy

Yikes, your right I did not, looking for a good ripping, crosscutting and dovetail saw or saws.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#6 posted 08-03-2016 02:45 PM

Lee Valley has a few good saws of the Japanese variety! For real fine work get a Zona saw.

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#7 posted 08-03-2016 03:31 PM

If you can handle the wait, Tools From Japan is your best bet. That’s where you’ll find them cheapest (even with shipping) and you’ll be able to get the good brands that aren’t normally sold in the states. Same goes for sharpening stones, chisels, gennous, and planes.

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#8 posted 08-03-2016 08:12 PM

I found a dozuki saw at Harbor Freight that was made in Japan. It was less than $5; works great. Be careful though. They also have some made in China.

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#11 posted 08-06-2016 03:58 PM

I’ll have to tell you the story of my Japanese Gyocucho saws.

About 25 years ago I was in a surplus place that sold stuff they got from UPS and US Postal Service auctions. Their idea of a “good price” was usually retail plus 50% so I rarely bought anything, but occasionally they didn’t really understand what they had and I would jump on it. This was the case with a pile of saws in a bin. I immediately saw they were Japanese Gyocucho saws and hollered up to the front counter to ask the price. They hollered back “you mean those tree trimming saws?” I said “Yes, the tree trimming saws”. The reply was ” two bucks each”. I gleefully picked up a saw and began walking to the front counter and then stopped midway and went back and grabbed another and proceeded to buy them both. Great saws! I use them frequently! : )

Planeman

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#12 posted 08-09-2016 01:32 PM



I ll have to tell you the story of my Japanese Gyocucho saws.

About 25 years ago I was in a surplus place that sold stuff they got from UPS and US Postal Service auctions. Their idea of a “good price” was usually retail plus 50% so I rarely bought anything, but occasionally they didn t really understand what they had and I would jump on it. This was the case with a pile of saws in a bin. I immediately saw they were Japanese Gyocucho saws and hollered up to the front counter to ask the price. They hollered back “you mean those tree trimming saws?” I said “Yes, the tree trimming saws”. The reply was ” two bucks each”. I gleefully picked up a saw and began walking to the front counter and then stopped midway and went back and grabbed another and proceeded to buy them both. Great saws! I use them frequently! : )

Planeman

- Planeman40

LOL, I love that, I get the same thing at garage sales all the time when I’m plane hunting “How much do you want for this hand plane?”, “Oh you mean the paint scraper, 2 dollars” Then I always reply with “You got it buddy!”

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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