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Kataba - Backless Saw

Kataba - Backless Saw

The Kataba is a single sided saw without back. Its blade (approx. 0.5 mm) is thicker than that of a Dozuki saw (approx. 0.3 mm). It does not require a stabilising back and can thus be used for deep and long cuts. We recommend this saw for general purpose cutting as it is inexpensive while providing a clean and fast cut. Kataba saws are available with crosscut and ripcut teeth. For those, only requiring a single saw cutting both ways, we recommend the fine teeth ripcut saw. Click on the images for a magnified view!

Our Standard Professional Saws with Impulse Hardened Teeth

The teeth are laser-hardened, designed for wood and various other wood-based products. The saw can be easily stowed away in a tool box due to its easily removable blade. It is indispensable for workshops or on construction sites. We offer several types: saws with 250 and 265 mm blades for the cabinetmaker and saws with 300 and 330 mm long blades for the carpenter. Our saws with impulse hardened teeth come from BAKUMA and Z-SAW.

BAKUMA Kataba "Ecoprofi" mainly for Crosscut

Kataba von BAKUMA

This saw is for a professional in a workshop or on a construction site. It is designed for cross-cuts and offers excellent performance at this price level . The saw is easily disassembled by tapping it´s back on e.g. a hard log. A brilliant saw for small tool bags and the fold-out tool box. Replacement blades are also suitable for the "Z-saw" brand and the Japanese saw distributed by "Two Cherries". With impulse hardened blade!
User Manual
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Description
Blade length
Blade
width
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch CodePrice
Kataba 250 mm 60 mm 0.5 mm 0.7 mm 1.4 mm
Code 309300CartPrice € 21.95
Replacement blade 250 mm
Code 309301CartPrice € 11.95
Kataba 265 mm 60 mm 0.6 mm 0.9 mm 1.7 mm
Code 309302CartPrice € 22.95
Replacement blade 265 mm
Code 309303CartPrice € 14.95
Kataba 300 mm 67 mm 0.7 mm 1.15 mm 2 mm
Code 309304CartPrice € 26.95
Replacement blade 300 mm
Code 309305CartPrice € 15.95

Z-Saw Kataba for Ripcut

Z-Saw Kataba for Ripcut

This professional saw for the workshop and building sites is a special saw with teeth designed for rip cuts along the grain of the wood. Tap the back of the blade against against a piece of scrap wood and the blade comes loose for storage or a blade change. Insert a new blade into the slot, tap lightly using the short angled edge with no teeth at the tip of the blade, and the blade sets itself securely into the handle.

Description
Blade length
Blade
width
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch CodePrice
Z-Saw Kataba 250 mm 60 mm 0.5 mm 0.7 mm 3 mm
Code 313776CartPrice € 27.90
Repl. Blade 250 mm   Picture
Code 313777CartPrice € 14.90

Z-Saw Kataba Universal Crosscut, Diagonal Cut, Ripcut

Z-Saw Kataba

With this saw you are ready for all the different cuts in terms of grain orientation - rip cuts, cross cuts, and any angle in between. Cut a board to length or width, saw out a tennon, it works just fine. You will notice that the saw with the blade length of 265 mm is significantly less expensive. This is because in Japan, this length is the most popular, and so the production volume is much higher, and the blades correspondingly cheaper. The saw with the 300 mm long blade is mostly used for rougher carpentry work. Tap the back of the blade against a piece of scrap wood and the blade comes loose for storage or a blade change. Insert a new blade into the slot, tap lightly using the short angled edge with no teeth at the tip of the blade, and the blade sets itself securely into the handle.

Description
Blade length
Blade
width
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch CodePrice
Z-Saw Kataba Universal 250 mm 60 mm 0.5 mm 0.66 mm 1.4 mm
Code 313790CartPrice € 26.90
Repl. Blade Universal 250 mm   Picture
Code 313791CartPrice € 13.90
Z-Saw Kataba Universal 265 mm 60 mm 0.6 mm 0.92 mm 1.75 mm
Code 313792CartPrice € 23.90
Repl. Blade Universal 265 mm   Picture
Code 313793CartPrice € 10.90
Z-Saw Kataba Universal 300 mm 66 mm 0.7 mm 1.07 mm 2.15 mm
Code 313794CartPrice € 31.90
Repl. Blade Universal 300 mm   Picture
Code 313795CartPrice € 14.90

Z-Saw Kataba for Crosscuts in Hardwood

Z-Saw Kataba for Crosscuts in Hardwood

This special Kataba saw features a tooth geometry designed to cut hardwoods. The handle has an aluminium core. It is covered with an elastomer plastic and is very comfortable to use.

Description
Blade length
Blade
width
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch CodePrice
Z-Saw Kataba Hardwood 250 mm 60 mm 0.5 mm 0.68 mm 1.75 mm
Code 313796CartPrice € 25.90
Repl. Blade Hardwood 250 mm   Picture
Code 313797CartPrice € 11.90

Foldable Kataba Saw for Ripcut and Crosscut

Kataba

Will be translated soon!
Das Modell VIII 265 von Z-Saw ist mit seinem Klappmechanismus in bewährter Z-Saw Qualität ein idealer Begleiter auf der Baustelle. Blattwechsel wie bei allen anderen Katabasägen auch: im aufgeklappten Zustand schlägt man mit dem Rücken auf ein Stück Holz und das Blatt löst sich. Das neue Blatt wird eingehakt und indem mit dem Rücken der Halterung auf das Stück Holz geschlagen wird, schiebt sich das Blatt in die gewünschte Position. Der Griff ist aus Aluminium und gummiert, so dass selbst bei kaltem Wetter ein angenehmes Arbeiten möglich ist. Länge aufgeklappt 62 cm, Länge zugeklappt 33 cm.

Saw folded

Description
Blade length
Blade
width
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch CodePrice
Z-Saw Kataba foldable 57 mm 0,6 mm 0,92 mm 1,75 mm
Code 313772CartPrice € 39.90
Replacement Blade 265 mm
Code 313773CartPrice € 13.90

BAKUMA Carpenter’s Saw "Kariwaku"

Zimmermannsäge Kariwaku

For fast cutting mainly across the grain. Especially for larger pieces of wood. Good results, even on wet wood. The ideal saw for carpentry. With impulse hardened blade! (Also suitable for the "Kariwaku" 330 mm of other brands). How to use

Description
Blade length
Blade
width
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch CodePrice
Kariwaku 330 mm 55 mm 0.9 mm 1.45 mm 2.8 mm
Code 309306CartPrice € 29.90
Replacement Blade 330 mm
Code 309307CartPrice € 15.90

LIFESAW Kataba Saw with Pistol Grip

LIFESAW Kataba Saw with Pistol Grip

LifeSaw with saw guide Despite cutting on the pull stroke, like other Japanese saws, this saw features a "pistol" grip angled at 90° . This makes it perhaps more comfortable for those used to Western-style saws. While Japanese saws are usually wider at the tip with the blades angling back toward the grip, this saw features a constant 63 mm wide blade and so feels closer to the Western saws when used. The constant blade width also makes the saw ideal for use in this saw guide for miter and cross cuts by the same manufacturer. They are a perfect match for making exact cuts. The teeth are specially hardened for a long, useful blade life. Blade changes are simple and quick. The teeth are made for diagonal as well as cross cuts. The saw will rip reasonably well, but is far slower than a saw especially designed for rip cutting. Manufactured in Japan by Z-Saw, using the most modern technologies for hand saws.

Description
Blade length
Blade
width
Blade
thickness
Kerf Pitch CodePrice
LIFESAW Kataba 265 mm 63 mm 0.6 mm 0.92 mm 1.75 mm
Code 313730CartPrice € 24.90
Replacement Blade 265 mm The only one that does NOT fit the handles below! ↓
Code 313731CartPrice € 13.90

Your Individually Assembled Saw

Assemble your own personal saw based on our selection of handles, and your preferred blades. These modern design handles feature an aluminium core, covered with soft ABS plastic for a comfortable grip. The pistol grip also has an aluminium core entirely covered with ABS. Choose any Kataba blade from our site. E.g. 250 mm, 265 mm, or 300 mm. They are all made by Z-Saw in Japan!

Note 1: All of the kataba blades on this site will fit these handles, except the Lifesaw-Blade nr. 313731, which has a different blade mount.

Note 2: Thicker blades will widen the blade mount of these handles. Initially, this is not a problem. However, wanting to insert a thinner blade at a later stage requires retightening of the mount. Here the handle should be placed on a hardwood surface and slightly tapped with a wooden mallet to reduce the slot to its original size.

Black Handle for Kataba Blade

Black Handle for Kataba Blade
Example with Blade

Handle only! Blade NOT included!
Handle length 300 mm
Blade holder length 60 mm
Code 313785CartPrice € 13.90

Blue Handle for Kataba Blade

Blue Handle for Kataba Blade
Example with Blade

Handle only! Blade NOT included!
Handle length 300 mm
Blade holder length 60 mm
Code 313786CartPrice € 13.90

Red Handle for Kataba Blade

Red Handle for Kataba Blade
Example with Blade

Handle only! Blade NOT included!
Handle length 300 mm
Blade holder length 60 mm
Code 313787CartPrice € 13.90

Green Pistol Grip for Kataba Blade

Green Pistol Grip for Kataba Blade
Example with Blade

Handle only! Blade NOT included!
Handle length 150 mm
Blade holder length 60 mm
Code 313789CartPrice € 10.90
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