Lightweight yet solid, versatile yet highly capable, the Z-Saws 265mm folding kataba is an excellent Japanese saw for bushcrafters, tradespeople and other situations where the tools are carried to the work and one saw needs to cover a broad range of tasks.
The teeth are universal (rip cross and slant cuts) and will handle softwood, temperate hardwood, and sheet goods with equal ease and efficiency. At 14tpi and with a reasonably long stroke the Z-Saw is pitched to give a good surface finish, if you take your time and use the full length of the toothline it is a surprisingly efficient saw.
As with most Japanese folding saws the elastomer coated aluminium handle can be set in two positions, straight (normal) or canted up slightly for better clearance in tight spots.
The blade is attached with the Z-Saws hook fit system, to remove it wrap the blade in a rag and holding the saw upside down by the blade, tap the handle on a firm surface. To install the blade the process is the same but with the saw the right way up.
- Pitch: 14tpi
- Toothing: Universal
- Blade length: 265mm (10½")
- Overall length folded: 330mm (13")
- Overall length open: 620mm (24½")