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Azebiki. Mawashibiki: Keyhole Saws

Azebiki - saw cuts to start in the center of panels and Mawashibiki - keyhole saw

The Azebiki's rounded blade enables you to make cuts into a surface that has both a blind beginning and a blind end, i.e. they do not reach the edge of the work. For example, if you have a drawer front to cut from a board with the grain matching the sides, you won't get very far with an electric saw because you have to use the drill to start the corners and the piece you then cut out will have been ruined as a drawer front. The Azebiki is the solution.

In restoration work, for example, the renovation of a chest of drawers, this little saw is exactly right for taking out portions of the old runners that need tidying up. The shortness of the blade is a real virtue. You can get it into corners that were impossible to reach with any previous saw.

To help you get a straight cut in the surface it is no problem to clamp a rule or bar to the workpiece. I even know people who use the azebiki very effectively as a grooving saw. In this case it has proved very useful to create a strip of wood with a sloping edge to obtain an exact guide.

Boatbuilders also swear by this saw because it lets them get at the most narrow and awkward of places. As one uses it, one discovers ever more of its versatility. You will be amazed at the uses you can put it to.

Keyhole saws are used to make narrow curves or to enlarge holes or give them the wished form which are made with a drill bit. Be carefully in using: As the blade is thin and narrow they are in danger of bending when used unproperly.

Azebiki Nokogiri economy grade

Azebiki Nokogiri

The entire blade is hardened and can be sharpened with Japanese saw files.

Blade
length
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch
cross / rip
Shaft
thickness
Total
length
CodePrice
75 mm 0.4 mm 0.75 mm 1.7 / 3.5 mm 2 mm 39 cm
Code 309814CartPrice € 24.50
90 mm 0.45 mm 0.85 mm 1.7 / 3.5 mm 2.5 mm 40 cm
Code 309811CartPrice € 27.50
Azebiki Nokogiri - small Japanese saw for blind cuts

Azebiki Nokogiri

This small and dinky saw with a total length of 32 cm is right for any work in cramped and difficult places. Made by Hishika in Miki, Japan. Also check out the matching Dozuki and Ryoba from the same series.

Blade
length
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch
cross / rip
Shaft
thickness
Total
length
CodePrice
60 mm 0.3 mm 0.5 mm 1.2 / 2.5 mm 1 mm 32 cm
Code 312016CartPrice € 29.90
Azebiki Nokogiri - Japanese saw for blind cuts

Azebiki Nokogiri

This standard size model is very robust and versatile. Made by Hishika in Miki, Japan.

Blade
length
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch
cross / rip
Shaft
thickness
Total
length
CodePrice
90 mm 0.4 mm 0.7 mm 1.4 / 3.5 mm 1.2 mm 44 cm
Code 312017CartPrice € 55.00
Azebiki Nokogiri first grade

Azebiki Nokogiri

This Deluxe saw is hand forged by Nakacho. The entire blade is hardened and can be sharpened with Japanese saw files.

Blade
length
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch
cross / rip
Shaft
thickness
Total
length
CodePrice
60 mm 0.3 mm 0.6 mm 20 / 10 TPI 2 mm 40 cm
Code 309822CartPrice € 89.00
75 mm 0.3 mm 0.6 mm 20 / 10 TPI 2 mm 40 cm
Code 309823CartPrice € 89.00

Japanese Keyhole Saw (Mawashibiki) Rugged design, leaves a relatively rough finish.

Stichsäge

Blade length 180 mm
Blade thickness 1.2 mm
Pitch 14 TPI (1.8 mm)
Kerf 1.5 mm
Code 312007CartPrice € 12.90
Craftsman Mawashibiki (Keyhole Saw) Very thin blade, can bend or brake if you are not careful! Made by Daizo Mitsukawa.
Craftsman diagonal

Blade length 130 mm
Length of teeth row 75 mm
Blade thickness 0.5 mm
Blade width max 12 mm
Tang thickness bis 0.9 mm
Kerf no teeth setting
Pitch 23 TPI (1.1 mm)
Currently not in stock!
Code 313535Cart Price € 27.00
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