Nagatsu-san's Kataba saws look absolutely gorgeous, and cut even better.
Hand peened, set and filed, the teeth are a high quality high carbon steel.
The teeth on this saw are primarily filed for cross-cut work. However, Nagatsu-san's high gullets feature prominently and are each followed by a single rip-filed tooth. This clears large chips and leaves a clean surface on the bottom of the kerf ready to receive the next block of cross-cut teeth. It also allows the saw to be used for rip-cutting, though it will not be as fast at this task as a row of dedicated rip-filed teeth.
Nagatsu-san's distinctive hammer marks add or relieve tension in the saw plate, minimizing it's movement as it is pulled through the cut.
Finally, the hinoki handle feels light in the hand and warm to the touch. The rattan wrap at the top is used to reinforce the timber where it grips the tang of the blade.
To read more about Nagatsu-san's process, click here.
TPI: 17tpi (excluding rip teeth and gullets)
Blade Length: 245mm
Overall Length: 630mm
Blade Width at Widest: 75mm
Neck Thickness: 1.6mm - 0.9mm
Plate Thickness @ Heel: 0.6mm
Plate Thickness @ Centre: 0.3mm
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