What is a Japanese or pull saw?
A Japanese or ‘pull’ saw is designed specifically to cut on the pull stroke rather than the push stroke.
What is different about it?
Compared to a regular hand saw, a pull saw has a much thinner blade, so it’s ideal for applications in which you want to make an accurate cut or follow a marked line. As well as this, the pulling action allows for more gentle and controlled strokes, so delicate and precise cuts can be made more easily.
Despite these differences, those who select a pull saw over a regular hand saw usually do so due to preference alone. Some people love them, others can't stand them!
Most pull saws are designed for sawing in hardwoods and softwoods.