Thursday 26 March 2009
The teeth of these Japanese saws are both hard and tough, reports Michael Huntley
Gyokucho, one of the top makers of replaceable-blade Japanese saws, have introduced Eva Grip handles for their saws. These soft-grip designs will suit those who dislike the traditional bamboo-bound handles found on Japanese saws. The synthetic handle allows the locking mechanism to be more integrated into the handle and easier to use than the knurled head bolt that is set into the older-style handles.
Yokobiki DozukiOne of the most useful Gyokucho blade styles, and I haven't found anyone else making this shape, is the Yokobiki Dozuki with curved-tip rip teeth which make starting a cut in the centre of a board or working up to an obstruction much easier. This is ideal for site work or restoration where the components are already fixed in position. The Yokobiki is shown here alongside the Tatebiki which is a fine rip saw.
I found the handles easy to hold and blade replacement procedure simple. Having said that, I have been using the old system for 25 years and have found no problem there, although I was always wondering what I would do when the nut worked loose, but it never did.