What is special about Japanese tools that sets them apart from their western counterparts? Five qualities come to mind: tradition, tool design that offers centuries of tried and proven use, unmatched craftsmanship, the steel used, and, of course, the pure beauty of the tools.
SawStop Table Saws with their patented safety brake system are now available through The Japan Woodworker.
Scott Phillips and Phil Fuentes discuss the value and characteristics or Japanese razor saws - flush cut, hand saws, dovetail saws, cross cut, etc... Available at the website of Japan Woodworker and at participating Woodcraft stores nationwide.
Japanese saws, called nokogiri, have teeth filed to cut on the 'pull' stroke versus the 'push' stroke. Today, the reasoning for pull stroke saws has been lost, and there is much speculation as to why Japanese woodworkers originally filed the saw teeth to cut on the pull stroke. A widely accepted theory holds that Japanese woodworkers, squatting near the floor, found a pull stroke less cumbersome and easier to execute.