Japanese 265 Kataba Crosscut Saw
Japanese 265 Kataba Crosscut Saw
£23.50 (£19.58 Ex. VAT)

Japanese 265 Kataba Crosscut Saw

Code: 502400

  • For cutting solid wood, plywood, laminate, man-made sheet, plastics etc.
  • Fast cut in larger section timber
  • Easy change blade fitting, rapid replacement of replacement blades
  • Impulse hardened, diamond ground teeth for long-lasting performance
  • Rattan wrapped solid wood handle
  • Universal blade available for angled cuts
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£23.50 (£19.58 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Japanese 265 Kataba Crosscut Saw
  • Ice Bear Japanese Z-Saw 265 Kataba Spare Universal Blade
  • Japanese Dozuki-Me Tenon Saw
  • Japanese Kugihiki Flushcut Saw
Total: £94.99

In Detail

The 265 Kataba is the Z Saw Company’s top-notch general-purpose saw. Site saw sounds a little derogatory, but in essence, this saw performs a similar function albeit in the splendid Japanese fashion. It will cut solid wood, plywood, laminate, man-made sheet, plastics etc. It gives a fast cut, excellent for crosscutting larger section timber. The 265 features a rattan wrapped solid wood handle. The easy change blade fitting gives the benefits of rapid replacement of spare or alternative blades and with the blade removed, the saw fits into most toolboxes. Impulse hardened, diamond ground, sharp teeth gives you long-lasting performance. 265mm long blade. Overall length 595mm.



Blade Thickness 0.60 mm
Kerf 0.92 mm
Length of Blade 265 mm
Overall Length 595 mm
Tooth Pitch \ tpi 1.75 mm \ 14.5 tpi
Reviews (3)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


Dafydd Owens

18 July 2014

Best saw I've ever used

As the title says, this saw is excellent. It's hard to find pullsaws with blades this long and it really is a godsend to have one that can fully replace a standard work saw. Some may think this is overkill when a much cheaper saw can do the same job, but this one works much faster, gives a lovely finish in the cut (really, you won't believe it), and does most of the work for you when crosscutting. Although the blade has no spine to stiffen it this really isn\t required and it's very easy to keep a nice straight cut all the way through even entire tree trunks (although I can't speak for green wood). The design does take a little getting used to, for me it's hard not to put a finger along the top of the handle, but once you get into a rhythm the saw takes over and you're through the wood in no time and with no sweat.

There are really only two minor downsides to this saw:
1) When doing fine work it can be difficult to begin the cut and keep the saw precisely where you want it (the small teeth want to dance around a bit). A magnetic saw guide or a little guide cut with something like a hacksaw fixes this, as does beginning the cut on a side other than the outward facing one. You'd think there would be chip-out or tearing by finishing the cut on the front of the piece, but with this saw that doesn't happen.
2) Although it can do the job, it's not great for rip sawing. The teeth have noticeably greater difficulty in eating in along the grain than across it and, particularly on very stringy grained hardwoods, this can require extra pressure which can mar the normally smooth edges to the cut. This is fine if you don't mind doing some extra sanding or planing, but one of the specially designed ripsaw blades would be better if you do a lot of that.

Overall a great saw that takes the hard work out of sizing down larger pieces of wood. If you have arthritis, RSI, or (as I do) hypermobility this saw comes extra highly recommended because it reduces the pain to practically nil even on large jobs. If you think it's a little expensive now, you won't once you've tried it.

Doug Kelman

23 April 2014

Super saw

This is a very useful and versatile saw. With its fine teeth it does much of the work of a tenon saw, but is capable of quickly cutting large sections of timber. The thin blade and razor sharp teeth make for effortless cutting. I make childrens' furniture from birch plywood, and find it fast and accurate to use the Kataba saw to break down 8'*4' sheets into manageable sizes. By the time I get get a power saw, connect the dust extraction, and then clean up the workshop, the Kataba saw has done the Job. My workshop is now a quieter place. There is no tearing of the ply on either surface, and the fine smooth edge needs little finishing. I just wish the rip tooth blade was still available for cutting tenon cheeks.


30 December 2013

Excellent saw.

The teeth are extremely sharp, which helps to keep a straight line and means that very little finishing is required. When the saw starts to be uncontrollable, it usually means that it's time for a new blade. These are very easy to fit and are good value, although when I first bought mine you could buy the whole saw for the current price of a new blade.

If you are new to Japanese saws, you'll have to develop a new technique, but the time spent is worth it. I no longer use western-style saws (except to teach skills, as Japanese saws are not yet on the GCSE syllabus!).

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