Sawing Tips & Saw Care

Correct Use of your Japanese Saw: 

  1. Cut on the pull stroke, glide back on the push stroke. Cutting when pulling uses less energy, gives the user more control, and results in a straighter cut. 
  2. Use a smooth, gentle sawing action, its not about applying maximum force or how strong you are.
  3. Do not twist or bend the blade while sawing and ensure the weight of the branch does not pinch or catch the blade - or you may snap the end off the blade.*
  4. Use the right length of blade for the job:  general rule of thumb is to cut branches with a diameter equal to no more than 1/3 the length of the blade.*

*Blades that snap through incorrect use are not covered under warranty. Replacement blades are available as an option on each saw product on our website. Replacement screws are also available, please contact us for details

 silky saw cutting diameter guide

Caring for your Japanese Saw: 

  1. Clean and dry saw blades after every use.
  2. Saw blades are made of rust-resistant steel but they may stain or discolour through regular use. An abrasive block should clean up most discolouration.
  3. Impulse-hardened blades (most Silky and ARS Saws) should not be sharpened. The hardening process creates a very sharp blade that lasts 3 times as long as a conventional blade but it is very hard to sharpen without removing the extra hardness from the steel. For that reason, full-grind sharpening is not recommended; if you must, just do a light touch-up by hand. Replacement blades are available once the blades are really dull.
  4. Non-impulse-hardened saw blades can be sharpened with a file.

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