On a recent visit to my local hardware store, I discovered some western-style saws with Japanese-style teeth, see photo at right. Instead of having two bevels as on most western saws, this saw has long, sharp, three-bevel Japanese teeth, see photo at left.
One manufacturer, Stanley, calls their line of hybrids "Short Cut" saws, and makes them in Pennsylvania. The line includes panel saws, backsaws. and a "Tool Box" saw.
Stanley has made some changes to the traditional Japanese crosscut tooth design. The most obvious change is that the teeth point down, not back like a Japanese saw, or forward like a western saw. This means the blade cuts on both the push and pull stroke, which Stanley says "cuts the wood 50% faster than conventional saws."
I tested this claim by timing how long it took to make a cut with the 15"-long "Tool Box" saw, and then timing the same cut with a traditional western crosscut saw. The Tool Box" saw did make it through with 50*. fewer strokes, but it took me the same length of time as with the traditional saw -cutting on both strokes is hard work.
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