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#1 posted 12-21-2018 07:37 AM

I was shopping for hand saws and found classic dilemma. Spend a fortune on LN or LV hand saw, buy an old hand saw and learn to restore it, or buy Japanese pull saw.

Local wood working shop that sells several types of Japanese saws recommended the Tajima JPR saw over the conventional styles already posted above. Primary reason was replacement blades are easy to get and cheap (dirt cheap $12-$15). Tajima offers several different lengths, TPI, and even thin kerf blades. Also offer conventional long handle, short straight handle, or angled grip handle in plastic and aluminum (which I splurged and bought). I use the 265mm 16TPI blade most, cuts anything thick, thin, and dovetails. Amazing the difference compared to junk hand saws at the BORG these days.

Blades seem to last forever in conventional hardwoods. Only when cutting dovetails in abrasive woods do I even think I might need a new blade. :) Few replacement blades I needed have been due operator error, like dropping hunk of cast iron on saw blade forgot was laying on bench.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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