- Japanese saw
The Japanese saw or nihongo|"nokogiri"|鋸| used in
woodworkingand Japanese carpentrydiffers from its European counterpart since it cuts on the pull stroke as opposed to the push stroke. This allows it to have thinner blades that cut more efficiently and leave a narrower cut width ( kerf). Push-saws require a thick blade to remain rigid. Otherwise, the blade would flex wildly as the craftperson pushed on the handle, instead of cutting. A pull-saw, on the other hand, is under tension rather than compression during cutting. Therefore there is no stiffness requirement, and the blade can be much thinner.
Japanese style saws have also gained popularity outside Japan.
Types of Japanese hand saws
A type of
backsaw. The Japanese means "attached trunk", thus a saw with a stiffening strip attached, i.e., a backsaw.
Multi-purpose carpentry saw with two
cutting edges. The Japanese means "double blade". There is a cross-cutting ("yokobiki") blade on one side and a ripping ("tatebiki") blade on the other.
A small "ryōba" saw used for cutting into the flat surface of a board rather than from the edge. The blade has a convex curve which can begin the cut anywhere on the surface.
A thin saw used for cutting curves, the Japanese version of a
keyhole saw. The name means "turning cut".
A saw with a disposable blade. The Japanese means "changing blade".
Other Japanese saws
A large two person saw used for ripping large boards in the days before power saws. One person stood on a raised platform, with the board below him, and the other person stood underneath him/her.
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