Dewalt has come out with two new hand pull saws – a single-edge 14 TPI saw (DWHT20215), and a double-edge saw with 14 TPI and 7 TPI blades (DWHT20216).
Japanese-style pull saws are great for finer woodworking and carpentry cutting applications, such as cutting small boards, shims, dowels, molding, or other such materials. Compared to common hand saws that cut on the push stroke, pull saws often have thinner and more flexible blades. This means that the kerf is often thinner, and the flexibility comes in handy when flush-cutting wood dowels close to a board’s surface.
Both new Dewalt saws feature an ergonomic over-molded handle for a comfortable grip. The single-edge pull saw has a 9″ fine-tooth cutting edge, and the double-edge saw has both fine and coarse-tooth cutting edges.
Generally, you don’t sharpen pull saw blades, you replace them. These saws feature removable, and possibly replaceable, blades.
Prices: $14 for the single-edge saw, $23 for the double-edge saw
ETA: Soon at home centers, mass retailers, and independent channels
I have a couple of Shark (check price via Amazon) and Vaughan (check price via Amazon) pull saws, as well as a Dozuki, that I have really grown to like. I use them mostly on wood, but also certain machinable plastics, such as Delrin.
Shark and Vaughan have well-established product lines, complete with various blade styles and replacement blade options. Dewalt won’t be in a position to compete head-to-head with either of these brands, at least not with just two pull saws in their lineup, but I expect their new offerings to do well. They’re reasonably priced, and I have no doubt that their designs were influenced by Stanley’s experience in the hand saw market.
If you have never picked up a pull saw before, the single-edge blade provides a low cost way to see what you’ve been missing.