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Pete Howlett
02-24-2017, 10:34 AM
No, not hacksaw.... :)

Little Japanese flush saws are great for fine cuts but the blades are so flexible .students trying to control the cut find it difficult to do. Taking a strip of 1/2" x0.016" brass and folding it in half to create a European style 'back saw' stiffens the blade making them ideal for fine cutting of brace ends and pockets.

98088

Stagehand
02-24-2017, 12:05 PM
That is a great idea. What is really nice is when they get a feel for the blade it is easy to undo.

Doug W
02-24-2017, 12:08 PM
I am going to try this on a little X-Acto saw blade that wasn't cooperating.

Thanks

mainger
02-24-2017, 01:02 PM
No, not hacksaw.... :)

Little Japanese flush saws are great for fine cuts but the blades are so flexible .students trying to control the cut find it difficult to do. Taking a strip of 1/2" x0.016" brass and folding it in half to create a European style 'back saw' stiffens the blade making them ideal for fine cutting of brace ends and pockets.

98088

Here in Japan, a few of these are sold with a removable back strip that fits in a groove on the handle. Most are sold fixed in either variety, though. They are indeed very convenient.

kkimura
02-24-2017, 03:33 PM
Aren't these the saws you pull rather than push?

mainger
02-24-2017, 10:26 PM
Aren't these the saws you pull rather than push?

Japanese saw are like that, but for very thin and flexible blades, the pushing action (which follows the pulling/cutting action) sometimes causes the blade to jam. Backings stabilize the blade.

kkimura
02-25-2017, 02:08 AM
Japanese saw are like that, but for very thin and flexible blades, the pushing action (which follows the pulling/cutting action) sometimes causes the blade to jam. Backings stabilize the blade.

Yes, of course.