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Mitsukawa Saws

Mitsukawa Saws

Mitsukawa Saws

Daizo Mitsukawa was born in 1961 and lives and works in Miki City, Hyogo Province. He is one of the younger saw smiths in Japan, and has taken over his father's smithy to carry the tradition into a new generation.

Alongside the saws he makes for everyday professional use in traditional crafts, he also makes a very high end line of saws that are almost completely forged by hand. These saws are used in the restoration of important and historic shrines and temples. Using a manufactured saw in this kind of work is seen as a mark of disrespect for the history and tradition of both the buildings and the master woodworkers who have worked on them through the centuries.

So these fine saws contribute to and are themselves an important part of the cultural heritage of Japan. Mitsukawa saws should not be used by beginners!   Why?

Mitsukawa's traditional small saws - Craftsman Series

traditional small saws

This line of traditionally made and relatively small saws is designed for those working in very fine and small-scale woodcrafts. The saw blades are completely hardened and permit a very clean cut in many different applications on smaller projects. In order to more easily differentiate the saws designed to make various kinds of cuts, the handles are marked with symbols indicating their intended use. These saws are light as a feather, and aside from their high utility, are also a pleasure for both the eye and the hand.

Craftsman Kataba Crosscut
Blade length 170 mm
Blade thickness 0.35 mm
Blade width front 45 mm
Blade width near handle 36 mm
Tang thickness: up to 0.75 mm
Kerf 0.45 mm
Pitch 28 TPI (0.9 mm)
Currently not in stock!
Code 313531Cart
Price € 45.00
Craftsman Kataba Ripcut
Blade length 170 mm
Blade thickness 0.35 mm
Blade width front 45 mm
Blade width near handle 36 mm
Tang thickness: up to 0.75 mm
Kerf 0.45 mm
Pitch 13 TPI (2 mm)
Code 313532CartPrice € 45.00
Craftsman Kataba Diagonalcut
Blade length 170 mm
Blade thickness 0.35 mm
Blade width front 45 mm
Blade width near handle 36 mm
Tang thickness: up to 0.75 mm
Kerf 0.5 mm
Pitch 21 TPI (1.2 mm)
Code 313533CartPrice € 45.00
Craftsman Kugihiki (Flush Cutting Saw)
Blade length 162 mm
Length of teeth row 135 mm
Blade thickness 0.35 mm
Blade width front 40 mm
Blade width near handle 36 mm
Tang thickness: bis 0.75 mm
Kerf: keine
Pitch 32 TPI (0.8 mm)
Code 313534CartPrice € 43.00
Craftsman Mawashibiki (Keyhole Saw)
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)
Code 313535CartPrice € 27.00
Craftsman 5-Piece Saw Set
consisting of:
Kataba crosscut nr. 313531
Kataba ripcut nr. 313532
Kataba diagonalcut nr. 313533
Kugihiki nr. 313534
Mawashibiki nr. 313535
Canvas saw holder blue
Currently not in stock!
Code 313538Cart
Price € 195.00

Mitsukawa's hand-forged high-end saws

Sägeblätter werden einzeln gerichtet

These saw blades were forged by hand. The steel stock is more than 2 mm thick (when finished the blades will be at most 0.5 mm thick), and the only resemblance to the finished product is the pre-cut shank.

After forging, oil hardening, and tempering, the blades are formed to their final thickness with a metal scraper, a kind of drawknife for metal, to their final size. In the Ryoba saws, more material from the middle of the blade is taken off, in the Dozukis material is taken from the back of the blade, so that the thickness of the blade diminishes away from the teeth. This permits an easier run of the blade in the kerf.

The teeth are rough ground with a special machine, and then they are filed to their final shape and size by hand. Every blade is then inspected by Mitsukawa for shape and quality, and perhaps given a few extra touches with the hammer on the anvil. Only then is the blade packaged and sent off to be sold.

Handmade Dozuki
Blade length 240 mm
Blade thickness at the back 0.25 mm
Blade thickness near the teeth 0.3 mm
Tang thickness 0.8 mm
Kerf 0.4 mm
Pitch 25 TPI (1 mm)
Code 312050CartPrice € 329.00
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