A Pruning Saw That Really Makes The Cut!
(Okay, no more puns, I promise!)
So it seemed appropriate to go down the Japanese route when choosing a pruning saw, and so it is that I found this one from the North of Japan. A blade that folds into the handle when not in use, like all Japanese saws it cuts on the pull stroke, which will make the work easier for you and leave a cleaner cut on the tree because the blade is under less pressure when cutting.
I never fail to enjoy using a pruning saw from Japan, watching the sawdust spilling out as I draw my hand gently back towards myself.
A great saw just makes pruning effortless.
How Big A Branch Can This Saw Cut?
This one from can be used for some serious stuff, but is not so big you will find it heavy, unwieldy or dangerous to use. Try it for regular garden pruning on shrubs and trees.
The saw has a rubber handle for ease of use when pruning. By that, I mean, it is easy to hold and feels good in your hand. The blade will lock into place when unfolded.
Blade length you ask? 9 inches, or 24cm. Whatever measurement system means more to you.
Pruning Saw Care
Replacement blades are available when it blunts, which will inevitably be a fair few years down the line when you are digging out a tree stump and think “ah, I might just cut that large root below the soil surface with my lovely sharp pruning saw… that will be so quick to do and make my life easier, because then this tree stump will just come right out.”
And it will, that tree stump will come right out. But a word of warning to you – cutting roots surrounded by soil and stones will not do the sharpness of your blade much good. We know, because we have done it – saving twenty minutes digging but costing us a new, sharp replacement blade.
Use it only for pruning trees and shrubs and your blade will stay sharp for a long time.
I have never snapped a Japanese saw blade, but please do be aware enough when pruning that you don’t twist, pinch or snag the blade. They need to be treated with care, cutting on the pull and gliding forwards on the push. I can’t cover you for snapping a blade through misuse, bad luck, or getting a blade caught in the weight of a tree trunk.
Which leads me to offer you this advice…
Think about the cut before you make it.
Then, when you know it is the right cut to make, take out your Japanese pruning saw, unfold the blade form the handle and click it into place.
Go up to the branch you are going to cut and, quickly and quietly, enjoy sawing through the branch you want to remove with this most amazing of pruning saws!
If you want to try more Japanese tools, you can also take a look at the shears for use in the garden.