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.
Use a smooth, gentle sawing action, doing the cutting on the pull, and gliding back on the push
Don’t let the weight of the branch pinch or catch the blade
Don’t twist the blade while sawing
Don’t use a small saw for a large job. Treat 1/3 of the length of the blade as the absolute maximum sensible cutting diameter. (In this case, we recommend a max cut diameter of 60mm.)
Further Reading: Shirai san, 3rd generation saw maker, has been making woodworking and gardening saws for 45 years.