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Best Japanese Saw Reviews 

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Thanks for taking your time to read our reviews on the best Japanese saws that are currently available on the United Kingdom marketplace.

Japanese saws are sometimes called pull saws, and they can have blades on both sides. One side is a ripping blade, and the other side is a cross cutting blade. The blades are very thin and so cuts are much neater and precise.

These work on a pull stroke, and that does take some practice to get used to. There is really little difference from a western type pull saw, maybe just a different style of handle and the Japanese saws look quite fancy. They both do exactly the same job.

The ripping blade is designed to cut along the grain of the wood, and can even be used to cut through hard woods. The crosscutting blade is more precise than the ripping blade when cutting perpendicular to the grain of the wood.

Just below you will see our top 7 list of Japanese saws.

However, we also know you are busy, so if you don't have time to read our full review, we would highly recommend the Z-Saw H-150 Dozuki Ultra-fine Crosscut Saw. This saw takes some practice but gives a great cut and is an absolute pleasure to use.

Best Japanese Saw by Rating

The top 7 are as follows:


Product

Rating

1

Z-Saw H-150 Dozuki Ultra-fine Crosscut Saw

98%

2

Augusta Kataba 44013 Japanese Saw

90%

3

HACHIEMON Japanese Flush Cut RYOBA Saw

90%

4

Roamwild Multi Pull Saw PRO Japanese Double Edge Pullsaw

88%

5

Gyokucho 1151 Double Edged Flush Cutting Saw 125mm

88%

6

Gaosheng Double Fine Cut Japanese Trimming Saw

86%

7

DUEBEL Japanese Ryoba Double Edge Pull Saw

          86%

Just below, we have also completed some summary reviews on each of these, so as you can see which is the best option for you.

No 1 - Z-Saw H-150 Dozuki Ultra-fine Crosscut Saw Summary Review

  • 98% customer satisfaction
  • 39.7 x 5.8 x 2.7 centimetres
  • 25 TPI (teeth per inch) for an incredibly smooth finish
  • Super sharp
  • The blade is only 0.3mm thick
  • Gets brilliant reviews
  • Takes a bit of practice to use

These saws are really a guilty pleasure for me. I love them and this is my favourite. It looks a bit odd but it gives a superb cut and is just so comfortable in your hand. If you have never owned one and you do any work with would then this is the model I would recommend you start with. You will be totally amazed by the quality of the cut.

No 2 - Augusta Mini Dozuki 44013 Japanese Saw Summary Review

  • 90% customer satisfaction
  • Japanese Dozuki with plastic handle
  • Classed as mini saw 15cm blade
  • Extremely sharp
  • Perfect for fine work
  • Best seller
  • Amazing value at this price

This is a much smaller saw and it's used for very fine work. Really I would class it as a craft type of saw and it's perfect for that type of job. The blade is very thin, can cut both sides and although i don't do much "crafts" myself, this is a great saw for that type of work. I also think the price is great for the quality of the saw.

No 3 - HACHIEMON Japanese Flush Cut RYOBA Saw Summary Review

  • 90% buyer satisfaction rating
  • 4.5" blade with total length of 10"
  • 2 saws in one
  • 12 TPI General Carpentry Cutting Edge and is super sharpe with a very Fine Cut Edge
  • This saw is actually made in Japan
  • Cuts most materials
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee

A Japanese saw that's actually made in Japan! A closer look at this saw will show tell you that this model is meant for less precise work. With 12 teeth per inch compared to the Dozuki model that has 25 teeth per inch you can tell straightaway that you won't get as smooth a cut. You will find this model actually has many more uses and I would tend to use it as a general purpose saw when I'm working on something that doesn't need to be perfect or where the cut is never really seen..

No 4 - Roamwild Multi Pull Saw PRO Japanese Double Edge Pullsaw Summary Review

  • 88% buyer satisfaction rating
  • 30cm blade
  • 2 saws in one
  • 14 TPI General Carpentry Cutting Edge and Unique Angled 6.5 inch / 17cm 22 TPI Fine Cut Edge
  •  Nail puller and hammer base
  • Cuts most materials
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee

This is a real weaon! It's another general purpose saw that you can use everyday. It's small enough for a toolbox but long enough for most jobs. Really a good all round saw that will do a lot of jobs. Again it's not meant for really fine work but is super sharp and a real pleasure to use.

No 5 - Gyokucho 1151 Double Edged Flush Cutting Saw 125mm Summary Review

  • 88% buyer satisfaction rating
  • Blade length 125mm
  • Overall length 270mm
  • Blade thickness 0.3mm
  • Pitch 1mm x 1.3mm 25 x 20 tpi
  • Top quality SK5 steel (JIS G4401)
  • Tri-edge teeth are impulse HEAT hardened
  • 0.023 inch thick blade is super thin

No 6 - Gaosheng Double Fine Cut Japanese Trimming Saw Summary Review

  • 86% buyer satisfaction rating
  • Perfect for the professional painter
  • Made of SK5, hardened and tempered
  • 10 "Double Edge Ryoba hand saw
  • Triple cut 18 tpi saw teeth for extra fine work
  • Handles are wrapped with thermoplastic rubber
  • Ideal for deep cuts across the grain

No 7 - DUEBEL Japanese Ryoba Double Edge Pull Saw Summary Review

  • 86% buyer satisfaction rating
  • Top quality SK5 steel (JIS G4401)
  • 0.023 inch thick blade is super thin
  • 10 inch long flexible double edge blade
  • Overall length is 22.5 inch
  • Ideal for PVC and ABS pipes! Ideal for logs and timbers as well as many uses in the garden

Types of Japanese pull saws

  • Dozuki: Japanese backsaw for dovetails and joinery. Its mostly used for fine cuts in soft wood and it has a very thin blade
  • Ryoba: General-purpose saw with crosscut and rip cut teeth which combines cross and rip cutting in a single saw
  • Kataba: Flexible finish saw for long or deep cutting , it's a single sided saw with no back thats a bit thicker than the Dozuki
  • Kugihiki: Japanese flush cut is very fine and is particularly good for sawing off protruding dowels close to a surface without damaging the surface
  • Azebiki: A two-sized saw with curved blades for starting cuts in the center of a panel.
  • Mawashibiki: The Japanese version of a keyhole saw.
  • Oga: Large, two-person saw for large lumber (pre-power tool era).

In Conclusion

I have to tell you that I love these Japanese saws, which are very good for making accurate and fine cuts. Typically they can be used to do picture rails and skirting boards. They are useful also for certain hobbies where the fine cutting of wood is required, as you get a more accurate cut by pulling a saw, rather than pushing it.

There is a strange fascination with these Japanese saws. Everybody who has one seems to just love it. I guess they are brilliant for some fiddly or hard to reach jobs. Jobs that an ordinary saw just cant get to.

As far as I am concerned, you cant go wrong with any of the saws listed in our top 7. Though for some reason, I think it was just the feel of it, my favourite was the Roamwild Multi Saw.

Hopefully you have found this information on Japanese saws useful. If you don't think this is the type of saw you need then have a look at our article on the Best Hand Saws for some alternative options.

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  1. What an excellent article,I’ve been considering getting a Japanese pull saw but didn’t know where to start so this article has given me the information I sorely needed. I’m into diy and plan on making furniture and the like but wasn’t sure which pull saw to buy for my first one.

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