Some time ago, my good pal Mike Huntley set up the Japanese Tool Study Group, with the aim of meeting once a month for a good natter on all things Japanese, but more especially to do with tools. Mike is shown in the pic below with Andy Ryalls, co-owner of Phoenix Oak Framing, based in a very large 'shop close to where I live. Mike and Andy (green fleece) are here shown discussing a setting block used for making Japanese saws. The sides are swaged, the top is domed and each edge has a slightly different bevel on it for setting the teeth...
...used, for example, on a cross-cut dōzuki like the one shown below.
I'm shown in the pic below giving it a little 'test drive'. Until you've tried a handmade Japanese saw, you really have no idea what a dream it is to use one. Every other saw I've ever used is distinctly 'clunky' in comparison, so I want one!
Hang on a 'mo though! This one's a cross-cut and then I'd also need one to rip along the grain. At 23,000JPY, or nearly £200 each, I think I'll have a re-think...
...and then I'd have to learn how to sharpen and set one, which is a whole new bucket of worms and well above my pay grade!
I also gave a short demo on using the 3M films from Workshop Heaven as an alternative to using waterstones, as well as playing around with a new Veritas PM-V11blade fitted into my LV jack that can be seen on the bench. At the moment, it's probably the only one of it's kind in the country.
All told, a very pleasant afternoon was had by all