The Kugihiki Noko or flush cutting saw allows the cutting of dowels, through tenons or excess trimming of plugs without marking the surrounding surface. The teeth of this special tool have no set so the blade can cut right at the surface without disfiguring it. The saw's great flexibility also permits it access into hitherto unreachable tight spots. The blade is 125mm long with 24tpi for use both left and right handed. Fitted with a traditional wooden handle. Blade thickness 0.20mm.
30 December 2013
Has its limits.This is a reasonably useful saw, but there are limits to its performance. Firstly, if you don't hold the saw blade flush with the surface it will dig in and mark the surface. I have taken to pressing on the blade to ensure it maintains contact with the face of the wood, but some sanding or planing is sometimes necessary if care isn't taken. Secondly, the blade tarnishes with alarming speed - dark blue/black, rather than a traditional rust colour: it must be kept oiled and wiped before use, otherwise this comes off on the wood. Lastly, the blade is ferociously sharp when new and as long as you use it carefully it maintains its edge, but it is a specialist saw and must not be used for other purposes: the thin blade buckles very easily and once creased will not work properly. Don't lend it to others!