Vaughan Bear Saw - Japanese Saws
These thin-kerk saws from Vaughan Bear Saws are styled after the Japanese pull saw and feature replaceable blades.
Vaughan Bear Saw Japanese saws are made in several styles, and you can find one to suit any task, whether it be cutting plywood, particleboard, ABS pipe, or framing lumber. I tried three of Vaughan’s saws and was pleasantly surprised by how well they worked, considering their low cost.
Traditional Japanese pull saws have straight, straw-wrapped handles. Bear Saw handles are made of rubberized plastic, which provides a comfortable if nontraditional grip. The smaller saws have a pistol-type grip, and only the double-edged saw has the typical Japanese straight, long handle. All saws come with blade guards and reusable soft plastic cases.
The saws cut aggressively in all sorts of materials, including hardwoods. I was impressed by how the double-edged (rip and crosscut) saw, which produces the finest kerf, cut dovetails. My traditional Japanese saw, which costs three times as much, cuts a bit smoother, making it easier to control, but one could certainly get by with a Vaughan saw. The teeth on the rip side of the saw are graduated, and that makes it easier to get a smooth start to a cut.
Bear Saws’ affordable prices make them a very good buy and a good introduction to Japanese saws.