The Gyokucho TS129 Kami No Utsuwa Dozuki is an exquisitely refined saw for first class precision joinery.
Japanese saws are efficient because their thin plate removes less material, in the Gyokucho TS129 this principle is taken to its logical extreme and the result is the dovetail saw equivalent of a Ferrari.
The plate is just 15 hundredths of a mm thick (about one and a half times the thickness of a human hair) this means that this saw will produce a finished kerf that would fit within the thickness of the plate on a standard Gyokucho dozuki.
Rip teeth with alternate top bevels provide excellent performance in all grain directions, you can only get away with it on very fine saws but the performance is equal to dedicated rip or crosscut teeth.
All of the usual Gyokucho refinements are present - electroless nickel plating on the blade to shrug of resin and corrosion, individually case hardened teeth with a tough core and cutting surfaces harder than a file, and precision setting so the saw cuts straight and true.
In order to control all of that performance, the TS129 has been given a solid Japanese white oak handle. This brings the balance of the saw closer to your body and by moving your grip up or down the handle you can choose how much of the saw's weight is over the teeth, exercising restraint for surgically precise results or moving your hand further down to cut with more speed and confidence.
Recommended for those who already have some experience using Japanese saws.
- Blade length: 180mm
- Blade thickness: 0.15mm
- Cutting width: 0.25mm
- Max cutting depth 40mm
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I have just bought this saw after using one when when I was staying with a model maker friend who lives in Kyoto. We used it to cut some Kumiko sticks from Hinoki. The very thin blade of this saw might give the impression of perhaps only being suitable for soft woods but it will comfortably cope with medium hardwoods. It delivers such a fine cut that only a light pass with either a scraper or very fine sandpaper will leave a cut face that is ready for finishing. It readily slices through Cherry, Yew, Plum and Pear and should cope with most of the English fruit and hardwoods we have available here. If you want a treat, get a block of wood and slice through it with this Gyokucho Dozuki. It really is astonishing and it's like cutting through a meringue with a sharp table knife. I think I might be developing a 'sharp saw vs wood' fetish. For what little money this saw costs it has given me such an enormous amount of pleasure in cutting Lime, Cherry, Yew, Douglas Fir far more accurately than my modest woodwork skills should allow. I'm just very grateful that Workshop Heaven have made this brilliant saw available in the UK.