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Shogun Japanese Saws Explained

Hassunme / Kataba saws, having no spine are ideally suited for deeper cuts. These are the equivalents of western rip and panel saws.

Flush Cut / Kugihiki saws have an exceptionally thin and flexible blade. The teeth have no set; it is perfect for cutting the protruding ends of through tenons or dowels without damage to the surrounding area.

Dozuki saws have the thinnest blades down to 0.25mm allowing the finest cuts. These thin blades require a steel spine to give it rigidity.

Ryoba is a recent addition to the Japanese woodworker’s toolbox, origination just over 100 years ago. In reality, it is a type of crosscut and a rip cut Kataba back to back on a single handle. Instead of carrying two saws the woodworker only requires one dual purpose saw, a little less weight to carry around and a good deal lighter on the pocket.