After 22 years in business, we are ready to retire. We are now closing out all of our new product inventory.
We will continue to sell antiques & antique tools in retirement.
Hishika Japanese Hand Saws
The Japanese tradition of woodworking has some fundamental differences from Western woodworking. One of those fundamental differences is that Japanese saws cut on the pull stroke. Many people who are comfortable with the Western style of saw find this awkward at first, but there are some undeniable advantages. It is possible with a pull stoke saw to make the blade much thinner than on a push type saw, since a pull-stroke saw does not need to have any inherent rigidity. This allows the blades on Japanese saws to be dramatically thinner than even the best Western saws. The thin kerf of a Japanese saw means that less material is removed, which translates directly into less effort being exerted by the user. The teeth on fine toothed Japanese saws, are shaped differently than Western saws. On the finest quality saws, like those of Hishika, these teeth leave a glass smooth surface.
Hishika makes high-end hand made Japanese saw in the best tradition of Japanese sawmaking, as well as more modestly priced machine made saws which are also the best in their class. The market for Japanese saws is dominated today by machine made saws, which are much less costly to produce, but a fine hand-made saw like the Hishika hand made saws do have distinct performance advantages over their machine made counterparts that will appeal to the connoisseur.