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How to Choose a Japanese Saw by Type: The Kakuri Difference

Key Points to Consider

Whether you're in the market for a Japanese pull saw or a hand saw, there are a few things you need to know to find one that meets your needs.

Blade Thickness

Blade thickness affects cutting performance, cutting width, and stiffness.

Up to 0.4mm

0.5 - 0.7mm

0.8mm and Up

Up to 0.4mm
0.5 - 0.7mm
0.8mm and Up

Main Usage

Precision work

General woodworking

Pruning, rough cutting


  • Narrow cut width
  • Smooth cutting with less resistance
  • Unique thinness of Japanese pull saws
    - Ideal for delicate tasks
  • Good balance of stiffness and sharpness
    - Versatile for various tasks
  • High stiffness
  • Large teeth
    - Great for heavy-duty tasks


The pitch, represented by TPI (Teeth Per Inch), determines the blade's fineness, which influences the sharpness and finish of the cut. Just like the grit of a file, a coarser saw (with a lower TPI) delivers more substantial cutting power but leaves a rougher cut, while a finer saw (with a higher TPI) allows for a smoother pull and a better finish but takes longer to complete the cut.


Up to 10


25 and Up

Main Uses

Pruning, rough cutting

General woodworking

Precision work


  • High cutting power
  • Catches easily
  • Rough cut edges
    - Suitable for tasks where it is necessary to cut off materials quickly.
  • Good balance of cutting power and ease of use
    - Versatile applications
  • Takes time to cut
  • Smooth pull
  • Clean cut
    - Suitable for delicate work

Presence or Absence of a Blade Set

The blade set is a process that extends the blade outward from the surface of the blade. The purpose is to prevent the blade from getting stuck in the wood and making cutting difficult. However, saws with a blade set tend to leave more marks on the cut surface than those without a set.

About Kakuri Saws

We carefully create our saws with the optimal length, thickness, and set (pitch, angle, blade set) according to the material to be cut. Production is carried out at domestic partner factories under strict quality control, ensuring that our saws always perform beyond expectations.

Types of Japanese Saws

Product Name

Ryoba Saw

Dozuki Saw (Backed Saw)

Azebiki Saw (Scribing Saw)

Keyhole Saw

Folding Saw

Pruning Saw

Spare Blade Type Multi-Purpose Saw


General woodworking

Precision work

Flat cut-outs

Curved cuts, cut-outs

Woodworking, gardening

Pruning green wood



Double-edged (Rip cut, Cross cut)

Ultra-thin blade with fine teeth

Curved blade tip

Long, narrow blade

Foldable blade

Pruning-specific blade


Rip cut: Suitable for cutting along the wood grain.
Cross cut: Suitable for cutting across the wood grain.

Minimal cutting width, clean-cut finish

Can make cuts on flat surfaces

Capable of curved cuts difficult for flat blades, can cut tight spaces.

Excellent portability and storability

Large teeth and set make it less likely to clog, allowing quick cutting even in green wood

Can use various replacement blades with a common handle (the included case can store up to 3 replacement blades)


Having one Ryoba saw allows for a wide range of woodworking applications.

Essential saw for precise work like Kumiko lattice

Used for making cuts on walls or creating stop grooves

Useful for furniture repair and other tasks that require cutting in tight spaces

Fits in a drawer (storage), can be safely carried outdoors (portability)

Using a dedicated saw for green wood with a high moisture content prevents clogging and allows for faster, more comfortable work

Handy for various tasks around the house, from woodworking to gardening and trash disposal


Traditional Japanese style saw. Fixed blade type: Simple double-edged saw, non-replaceable blade (4 items). One-touch replaceable blade type: Easy blade replacement with one touch (3 items). Cork handle replaceable blade type: Easy-grip cork resin handle, replaceable blade (2 items).

Experience the superior comfort of a Dozuki saw, made with Japanese high technology and strict quality control, setting it apart from low-cost products with the same thickness and pitch.

Kakuri best-selling product. 5 types: for general wood, plywood, bamboo, plastic, and pruning