Gyokucho razorsaws, the original replaceable blade Japanese saws, have long been renowned for their cutting efficiency and excellent durability. The latest generation of Gyokucho saws have blue handles made from TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) a remarkable material that is simultaneously hard and resilient yet feels velvety to the touch and affords a superb grip.
The Gyokucho 375 is a professional dozuki with rip teeth, an accurate saw with a very thin plate and a full length spine it is the equivalent of a western dovetail saw, also capable of performing the cheek cuts of small tenons, bridle joints etc in furnituremaking. At very fine pitches you can get away with using a rip tooth for occasional crosscutting, albeit not quite as efficient or clean as a crosscut saw.
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 so you can gauge your cutting angles, 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, man made boards, or temperate hard woods and can, with care and a light touch, be used on exotic timbers too.
- Blade length 240mm
- Overall length 550mm
- Blade thickness 0.3mm
- Pitch 1.3mm / 19.5tpi
- Set 0.125mm per side
- Max depth of cut = 45mm
- TPE handle
- Replacement blade = Part No S-372 (S-370 and S-371 will also fit this handle and spine)
The traditional rattan handle version can be found here - Gyokucho 372 Professional Rip Dozuki 240mm