The Japanese have been creating exquisite and extremely precise saws for centuries. Every woodworker should have at least 2 or 3 of these saws in their quiver. Japanese saws are distinct from western style saws in many ways. They typically have a bamboo wrapped handle, much sharper teeth and cut on the pull-stroke instead of the push which allows for a thinner and less rigid blade. Therefore the kerf is narrower and the cutting line is slimmer. The Ryoba (rip and crosscut teeth), Anihiki (curved rip saw), and Dozuki (dovetailing saw) are the most common among western woodworkers.
>Four-piece Japanese Saw Set [Garrett Wade]