A simple but strong folding saw for fine pruning jobs in the garden, with a specially shaped beechwood handle and a locking device to keep the blade in place. Ibara-me teeth are angled to cut both along and across the grain, giving a very fast, efficient action. Cuts on the pull stroke, like all Japanese saws.
Materials: SK5 steel, beech wood handle
Made by: Niwaki
Made in: Sanjo, Japan
Specifications: 16.5" open, total length (7.5" blade); 9.25" folded
Japanese pruning saws cut on the pull stroke, not the push, which means the blade is under less pressure when cutting and uses less energy, resulting in a far cleaner, faster cut. They whizz through green wood, but the blades are more fragile than traditional western saws and incorrect use can result in damage.
Further Reading: Shirai san, 3rd generation saw maker, has been making woodworking and gardening saws for 45 years.