Japanese saws cut with
a pull stroke

Compared to a push stroke saw, less force is required to cut, and a cleaner cut is created because the saw blade is thinner than its Western counterpart.

The figure of pulling saws for cutting woodblocks
The figure of how to grip a saw

how to make clean cuts?

To make a smooth cut, hold the handle near the end and apply only slight pressure while pulling, but not while pushing.
Applying too much pressure while pushing can cause the blade to snag and bend, and in the worse case scenario it can break.

maintenance tips worth doing

After use, saw teeth should be cleaned and wiped dry. Removing moisture and sap reduces rust and helps maintain a sharper blade.

The figure of a saw with a dried towl

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