Japanese-Style Dovetail Saws
These fast-cutting saws are affordable and razor-sharp out of the box
Synopsis: Charles Durfee tests and evaluates a range of Japanese-style dovetail saws, also known as dozukis. In the process, he examines the four types of tooth pattern available on these pullsaws–crosscut, Ikeda crosscut, rip, and modified rip. He tested how fast each saw could make a rip cut, how easy they were to use, how smooth they cut, and how narrow a sawkerf they created. He also provides hints for using a pullsaw, such as the proper way to hold it, starting a cut, correcting a cut, and choosing the right type of saw.
Brands tested include the 8 1/2-in dovetail saw from Japan Woodworker, Craftsman dozuki, Deluxe dozuki, Dozuki “Z” saw, hardwood dozuki, Ikedame dozuki, Juntaro Mitsukawa, Odate crosscut dovetail, Standard dozuki, Takumi dozuki, Deluxe rip dozuki, Dozuki ripsaw Izaemon, Gyokucho 9 1/2 in, and Odate rip dovetail dozuki.
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