Review

Some of our editors have used Japanese-style saws for many years, and frankly, wouldn’t own any other kind of handsaw.
This ryoba was extremely sharp out of the box and, using the 17-teeth-per-inch cross-cut edge, we crosscut a slab of 3/4×4" hard maple cleaner and in about one-fourth fewer strokes than with a fine-tooth miterbox saw. And, cutting on the pull stroke, we found it much easier to accurately start the cut with the ryoba. Likewise with using the 8-tpi rip edge: faster, cleaner, and more accurate. The handle on the Japan Woodworker ryoba pivots where it joins the blade so you can swing it to a more comfortable working position if you like, or use the saw in a tight spot. Even if you used only the crosscut edge, this saw would be well worth its $26 price; the rip edge is just icing on the cake. A razor-sharp replacement blade costs only $19.

Product

Performance

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Features

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
5.0
out of 5