Best Japanese Saws 2021

Have you heard of a Japanese saw? These saws are extremely flexible and sturdy. If you’re a DIYer, you would need to own one for yourself. In this guide, we would be reviewing the best Japanese saws out there, do well to read through this guide to find out what is obtainable. As a woodworker, you will also need a spokeshave to add to your wood workshop.

The Japanese have long held proper woodworking as an art form. Many temples and other wooden structures have stood firm for hundreds of years, even through earthquakes.

A major part of this comes down to working with the wood grain instead of against it. Another major part comes from using dovetails, dowels, or butterfly joints to avoid the use of nails entirely.

Essential Features of each Japanese saw:

Teeth Number

Teeth number or TPI stands for how many teeth there are on a saw blade. TPI stands for Teeth Per Inch, meaning the number of teeth inside the length of one inch.

The more TPI, the more intricate cuts can the saw make. A larger TPI is necessary when you’re working on a complex task, or when you need to be more precise. Lesser TPI is essential when you’re cutting lumber or wood, and need to cut. A cabin air filter however doesn’t require TPI, since they are not cutting through anything, but preventing harmful dust into the car. 

Saw Types 

Japanese saws usually have two sides, and blades on both sides. One of these blades is often rip-cut; the other is cross-cut.

The main difference between the two is that rip-cut blades are used for strength. They have a lesser TPI. The rip saw teeth are designed in a way that rips through the wood body. They’re used for cutting wood.

On the other hand, cross-cut blades are used for their ability to make intricate cuts. Cross-cut teeth are designed like a knife blade; it cleanly cuts through the wood grain. They have more TPI and can cut with an excellent finish, leaving very little or no grain at all.

JAPANESE SAW BUYER’S GUIDE

The factors to be put into consideration before purchasing a Japanese saw is different from that of a rubber mallet, as these two tools perform different functions

Sharpness

Check if your flush-cut saw is sharp enough. To do this, you don’t need to cut wood. Hover your fingers over the saw blade. If there’s friction, the edge will create a smudge on your fingers. This indicates that the blade is sharp.

Evenness

While buying your flush-cut saw, take a magnifying glass. Put the saw under the glass, and check if the teeth are even, and have the same length. If they do, the blade has even blades. If even one of the blades is uneven, the cut will be rough and dingy.

Flexibility

Check the blade if it’s sturdy and flexible. If it’s too flexible, it’ll bend and break. If it’s too hard, it won’t bend at all. Try to find your perfect blend of both. A wire stripping machine doesn’t have to be as flexible as a Japanese saw since the wire stripping machine’s job is to strip wires.

Balance

There is no absolute standard when it comes to balance. Take the saw in your hand and see how it feels in your hand. Make cutting gestures with your hand. Check if the weight is comfortable for you. Most importantly, check if the blade is heavier than the handle, or not. Another tool that has to be balanced is the concrete vibrators, this is to make the vibrating even.

Straightness

Take the saw handle in your hand, and look from the tip to the bottom. If the blade is aligning in an even line, that means the blade is straight. If the blade isn’t straight, the cut will be crooked, and your hand will be in pain.

Tension

Bend the saw over the blade. Then let it go. The saw will soon regain its previous shape. This is the result of the pressure that is built up inside the blade.

Construction Materials

The best Japanese saw like Con:P B25320 and Gyokucho 1151 or any other pull saw is made with a steel blade. Japan is famed for its steel manufacturing, and the steel type of choice for everything from tools to weapons is SK-5. It’s hard enough to cut the toughest woods but flexible enough to flush cut effectively.

BEST JAPANESE SAWS

NAMES FEATURES WHERE TO BUY
Con:P B25320 Japanese Pull Saw

B00FL8S6IO

Weight: 231 g

Length: 480 mm

TPI: 14

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Gyokucho 1151

B001Y50BTK

Handle made from beech wood

Made for both hardwoods and softwoods

Overall length is 10.5˝

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Shark 10-2205 Trim/Detail Double Edge Saw

B000078ONO

Number of teeth 17

Item Weight 3.2 Ounces

Item Dimensions L x W x H 0.3 x 4.8 x 15.5 inches

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DEWALT DWHT20541 Flush Cut Pull Saw

B0051QIDOI

Flexible blade creates perfect flush cuts

23-point tooth geometry cuts quickly and cleanly on the pull stroke

Double-sided blade for making inside cuts from the left or right

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Robert Larson 720-3000 Flush Cutting Saw

B0012XR9US

Flexible blade

Perfect for cutting pegs and dowels

Made in Japan

Wood handle

Cuts on the pull stroke

Weighs 2.4 ounces

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QiHong Japanese Saw 22-1/2″

B07P9LJJZD

Replaceable blade. 

10-inch long blade.

Ergonomic handle.

Weighs 11.8 ounces.

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Suizan 10-1/2″ Kataba Pull Saw

B01MU9XB1W

With the longest blade in our lineup, it contributes to powerfulness and easy handleability. 

Teeth Per Inch: 14 TPI / Blade Thickness: 0.024 inch / Kerf Width: 0.03 inch / Blade length: 10-1/2 inch / Overall Length: 23-1/2 inch 

The saw blade is easily removable and interchangeable.

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Caliastro Japanese Ryoba Style Hand Saw

B078RV5SMX

Pull saw gives you more control over the cut versus a traditional saw that cuts on the push 

10-inch long blade with triple-beveled teeth and a 12-inch comfort-grip handle 

Can be used on plywood, hardwood, moldings, engineered wood, and PVC

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Topman Japanese Woodworking Saw

B071471SDF

Overall length: 12.”

Blade length: 6.25.”

Handle length: 5.75.”

Weighs 3.2 ounces

Cuts with pull-strokes to get rid of the buckling.

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DENKO SEKKA Woodking Saw

B07ZWHY9P2

Superior Cutting Control and Efficiency 

Keep Accuracy Locked In 

Non-Slip Elastomer Resin Grip 

Universal Blade Replacement Options 

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Con:P B25320 Japanese Pull Saw

B00FL8S6IO

The teeth are razor sharp and aggressive enough to cross-cut hard timbers without tearing, and the handle is comfortable. We like the handle because the angle of it I halfway between a traditional Japanese saw and a contemporary Western saw. It feels like the best of both worlds and should decrease wrist ache after long use.

PROS CONS
flexible none
quality hand tool
sturdy

Gyokucho 1151

B001Y50BTK

It has a blade size of 5″ x 1¼˝ and an overall length of 10½˝. On one edge, there are 32 cross-cut teeth per inch for hardwoods and on the other edge, 21 cross-cut teeth per inch for softwoods. The thin and flexible (0.0012˝) blade is designed for very clean flush cuts as well as very fine cuts in narrow material. The teeth are impulse hardened for extended wear. It is compact and ideal for the toolbox. The handle which is riveted to the blade is made from beech wood.

PROS CONS
Lightweight. Teeth are offset
Easily adjustable. Blade breaks.
Flawless performance.
Incredibly flexible.
Creates an ultra-fine finish.

Shark 10-2205 Trim/Detail Double Edge Saw

B000078ONO

The Shark Trim/Detail Double Edge Saw is great for trim & detail work. The 19 & 24 TPI are great for fast, smooth cuts. The blade is made of flexible spring steel. Makes superior cuts in hardwood. Great jamb saw, prized by both professionals and woodworkers.

PROS CONS
Relatively compact Can only use one hand
Good TPI Weak blade-handle connection

DEWALT DWHT20541 Flush Cut Pull Saw

B0051QIDOI

The Flush Cut Saw is ideal for when you are cutting off protruding dowels, rods, and exposed tenons. The 23 point teeth cut quickly on the pull stroke.

PROS CONS
Good handle grip Replacement blades are scarce to find
A robust set of teeth
Easily removable blade
Lightweight
Extremely sharp
Excellent price point

Robert Larson 720-3000 Flush Cutting Saw

B0012XR9US

This flexible bladed saw is the perfect solution for trimming dowels or pegs. This tool will not mar the surrounding surface area.

PROS CONS
Useful for flush cutting dowels Teeth are uneven
Flexible Poor packaging
Good price point
Excellent craftsmanship
Clean Minimal kerf

QiHong Japanese Saw 22-1/2″

B07P9LJJZD

The Pull Saw by QiHong is made of SK5, with decent toughness quenched and balanced, more durable, and longer-lasting. This Japanese 22-1/2″ saw manufactured by QiHong has a length of 10″ blade and a 12.5-inch Ergonomics TPR handle.

A robust, durable universal saw for workshop or construction site-ideal for deep cuts both across and with the grain.

PROS CONS
Strong teeth. Teeth break occasionally.
Well made.
Excellent grip.
Extremely sharp.
Good workable size.
Fast shipping.

Suizan 10-1/2″ Kataba Pull Saw

B01MU9XB1W

This Kataba type hand saw has one of the longest blades among all the above featured Japanese saws. That makes it extremely easy to handle and control. The blade is easily removable and interchangeable so it’s very versatile.

It’s significantly lighter than Western saws and other Japanese hand saw models. That means it requires less effort to create smooth and straight cuts.

PROS CONS
Razor-sharp blades Not the best if you need smaller cross cuts
Great for cutting hardwoods

Caliastro Japanese Ryoba Style Hand Saw

B078RV5SMX

The Caliastro Japanese Ryoba Style Hand Saw owes part of its design to tradition, while the materials in its handle take a more modern bent. The handle is more durable than that found on most Japanese saws. It also comes with two blades, one for ripping and one for crosscuts, so you get good value for the money.

Unfortunately, it’s relatively heavy, even for a two-sided blade. You can find Japanese saws that weigh half as much without sacrificing any strength. It’s also thicker than your typical Japanese saw, which leads to a wider kerf. While this tool isn’t terrible, most people will be able to get better value for the money.

PROS CONS
Durable handle Thicker
Two blades Relatively heavy

Topman Japanese Woodworking Saw

B071471SDF

Topman Authentic Japanese Woodworking Flush Cut Trim Saw is a flush cutting power saw that is made from a high carbon steel blade. It has the versatility to penetrate tight spaces in which a standard saw can not reach. Due to its pulling motion, it does not buckle.

You can also make delicate shapes, flush dowels, cut trims, and build pegs. It creates clean cuts and reduces sawdust production to a minimum.

PROS CONS
Good handle gripGood handle grip The blade isn’t rigid enough.
Suitable for art and craftwork
Doesn’t scratch work surface
Stays sharp
Made from quality steel
The blade is sharp and thin

DENKO SEKKA Woodking Saw

B07ZWHY9P2

This wood saw is specially designed to provide easy grip and use with minimal power. It is much lighter in weight than typical push saws. Two different types of blades are provided with a handle. These blades are easily interchangeable.

One blade has a smaller but higher number of teeth compared to the 2nd one. This small teeth blade is useful for smaller and fine works. The other one has bigger and fewer teeth per inch. This one is used for a coarse type of work and rough cuts. Both types of teeth don’t get rusty soon.

More so, the saw has a modern type of handle. It can also be folded to carry it safely to any place. The handle has a slight curve in design. The worker feels much comfortable with a curved handle.

PROS CONS
Easy to use It is costly compared to other Japanese saws
Easy to interchange blades
Adjustable angle of the handle
Compact folding design
Two separate blades for different purposes
Elastomer resign non-slippery grip

CONCLUSION

Hopefully, our reviews helped you to understand some of the various Japanese saws that are out there. Trying to shop online can be overwhelming since there are so many different choices — even more than going into a store.

Now, though, you should know what to look for in a hand-saw, giving you more confidence in choosing the one that suits you.