How to pull a Japanese saw correctly

How to pull a Japanese saw correctly

There are some tips on how to use the Japanese "pull" saw. If you don't pull it correctly, the blade may easily chip, and you can't cut the wood straight.

It is a must-see for anyone who wants to master the Japanese pull saw!

Features and Benefits of Pull Saw

  • As the name suggests, it cuts when pulled
  • Easy to control the pull stroke, so easy to cut straight
  • No extra force needed, less tired

As the motion for cutting is different from a push saw, it may take some time to get used to using a pull saw. If used correctly, the blade will not break immediately.

Tips for Pull Cutting

1. Applying Force

  • Grip the handle gently, not tightly.
  • No force is needed when the saw is pushed forward. Put your strength only when you pull it.

2. Pulling

  • Align your arm and the saw, and pull your elbows straight back without moving your upper body.
  • It feels like cutting with only the weight of the saw when pulling. Once you get it, gradually apply more force.
  • Pull your saw to cut off the wood fibers.

3. Other Points

  • The approximate angle between the saw and the wood is 15° to 30° for thin wood and 30° to 45° for thick wood.
  • Using the entire length of the blade in a single cut is less tiring.

It may take some time to get used to it. Proper use of a Japanese saw will help it last longer. Once you have mastered the Japanese saw, you will never go back to the push saw!