Tools: Folding Japanese saw

Reviewed by:
Scott Gibson, Contributing Editor
Japanese-style saws, which cut on the pull rather than the push stroke, have very thin blades for precise, splinter-free cuts in both hard and soft woods. But because the teeth are narrow and long, they can be damaged easily when the saw bangs around in the bottom of a tool box. And, they are next to impossible to sharpen.

The blade of this folding dozuki from Lee Valley folds into the handle for protection from damage. The blade has 16 teeth per inch and will make a cut 2-1/2 in. deep. When folded, the saw is 12 in. long. Replacement blades are also available.

In September 2004, the saw cost $22.50; extra blades are $15.75 each.

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