Bargain Flush-Cutting Saw
This 12-in. Japanese-style flush-cutting saw may be just right for your finish-carpentry work.
I don’t normally spend money on bargain-priced tools. But when I happened across a 12-in. Japanese-style flush-cutting saw at Harbor Freight for $9, it made me stop and think. Considering all of the higher-priced, name-brand flush-cutting saws I’ve owned through the years, all of which ended up either broken or sitting in a junk drawer because I couldn’t easily find a replacement blade, I figured I had little to lose.
I’m glad I rolled the dice, because this little saw has been just right for my finish-carpentry work. The wood handle isn’t as bulky as those on the round-grip, replaceable-blade pull saws commonly found in stores today, and the 6-1⁄4-in. blade is well suited to fine carpentry work. It’s thin, has just the right amount of stiffness without being floppy, and the fairly coarse no-set teeth (15 tpi) make it aggressive enough to quickly shorten a long stick of molding right off the pile before taking it to the saw, but fine enough for trimming shims and hardwood plugs or flushing up overlapping pieces. It’s still sharp after a couple months of occasional use, but even if it dulled in short order and I had to buy a few of these per year, I’d still be happy.