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Forum topic by Smallcrafter posted 11-05-2012 12:10 PM 1486 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2012 12:10 PM

We have mallets, we have planes, and we even have screwdrivers of your dreams. This one’s for the darksiders who live and work amongst us. Right now I’m using a kataha cross-cut razor saw that cuts just great. Next saw will have to be a rip and then on to the chisels. What do you use and what do you think of them?

-- 'The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.' - Chaucer

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 12:21 AM

I have been using some Mitsukawa saws a lot lately and am amazed every time they touch wood. I have the rip saw for hardwood and a small ryoba for hardwoods also. I also have a Mitsukawa crosscut saw that I am always afraid to take out of its case but when I do its magictime boys and girls. These saws are amazing. I also use an Asakura saw, a ryoba. A monsterous ryoba for big heavy cuts. Crosscuts mostly but I sometimes get rambunctious (sp) and it is also a top shelf tool in every respect. I have a small damascas marking knife that I like alot. Finally, even though I dont have them yet, Tomohito Iida of Japan Tools Iida is, as I type, securing me a set of Japanese firmer chisels. Cant wait for that delivery!!! He is also the man who I bought the Asakura saw from. Nice guy who is very easy to communicate with.
I dont have any Japanese planes yet, I guess Im just too used to the stanleys.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 01:04 AM

I have a few Japanese saws that I purchased 35 years ago, but since they don’t run on electricity, they’re rarely used.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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