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#1 posted 12-21-2018 10:36 AM

I currently have a hack saw and a coping saw. I need to buy my first “real” hand saw.

I ve been looking at YouTube videos and it seems that the Japanese pole saws are pretty good and versatile. I use a Corona pull saw to break down firewood for camping, and I vastly prefer it to push saws.

The use for these will be to finish up some jointery, flush cut dowels, etc, replace my jig saw for short straight cuts, and general things that I m not even realizing yet.

I was looking at this, 1-2 combo:

Rip and crosscuts:
Flush cuts:

$36 all in, and seems to be able to accomplish anything that I can t with my power tools.

Any reason I should get something else?

- trhoppe

I love those Japanese saws… The only thing I see wrong with what you listed, is the price. $36 is too cheap..

I’m not familiar with that particular brand, but I would expect to pay at least 30-40 for just one good saw. And it’s well worth it… I would look for “just one” at that price, instead of two. It’s all about the quality of the steel..

For most of the stuff you said you want to do with it, you might consider just buying a dovetail saw.. But the Japan saws are better for flush cutting dowels really close.

-- ~Jim

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