double-edged Japanese handsaw
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Double Edged Sword

The most versatile of Japanese saws, the ryoba, has little teeth for cutting across the wood grain and bigger teeth for making rip cuts with the grain. The 10-inch blade has 9 teeth per inch (tpi) on its rip side, 15 on crosscut. Near the handle, etched characters identify the blade’s maker: master blacksmith Harima Daizo. Approx. $57, Tools for Working Wood
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