The Gyokucho 372 dozuki is gaining quite a reputation as 'the one to have' for fine joinery.
The pitch is 1.3mm, the same as the Sun Child, but the 372 has a longer back, and the blade is a little bit deeper at 55mm making it an ideal choice for small tenon cheeks, and for use with a guide block or small magnetic guide for dovetailing. The thin (0.3mm) blade removes very little material and leaves a clean surface for maximum joint strength.
The blades of Gyokucho saws are treated using a process called electroless nickel plating, this has three functions. Firstly, it protects the blade against corrosion, secondly it provides a nice shiny mirror surface, and thirdly its low friction properties inhibit resins and sap from building up on the blade - anything that does manage to get stuck to them can easily be washed off with warm soapy water. The teeth are differentially impulse hardened, one by one, bringing the outer surfaces to RC68 or more whilst still leaving the root of the tooth soft and therefore much less prone to fracture - not unlike tiny Japanese sword blades. They are equally happy working in softwoods or temperate hard woods and can, with care and a light touch, be used on exotic timbers too.
- Blade length: 240mm
- Overall length: 600mm
- Blade thickness: 0.3mm
- Pitch: 1.3mm / 19.5tpi
- Set: 0.1mm per side
- Max practical depth of cut 50mm
- Traditional rattan wrapped paulownia wood handle
- Replacement blade = Part No S372 (S371 crosscut blades will also fit this saw)
The TPE handle version can be found here - Gyokucho 375 TPE Professional Tatebiki Rip Dozuki 240mm