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Japanese Fret Saw

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Japanese Fret Saw

Japanese Fret Saw

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StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Japanese Fret Saw

StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Japanese Fret Saw

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Japanese Fret Saw

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Our most efficient saw for fret slots! Handmade, each saw cuts on the pull-stroke. This traditional design reduces blade flex and jamming as you saw the slot.

A StewMac exclusive.
The craftsmanship and efficiency of traditional handmade Japanese woodworking saws are legendary. We are pleased to offer a unique example made specifically for cutting fret slots, complete with easy depth-of-cut adjustment. This is our smoothest, most efficient handsaw for fret work—it cuts FAST!

The thumbscrew-adjustable clear acrylic Depth Stop slides up and down for precise control of fret slot depth. It's removable for cutting off the ends of a blank fingerboard, or for use with our Fret Slotting Miter Box.

SAVE when you order our unique Fret Slotting Miter Box with your saw, and enjoy the most versatile fret slotting solution for the small shop.

TIP: The blade features extremely sharp teeth, with precise .023" kerf to match our fretwire. Because it cuts faster than a standard fret saw, it must be held perpendicular to the fretboard. If not, you can quickly cut a wider slot than you expect. We recommend our Fret Slotting Miter Box for keeping the saw in proper alignment.

Overall length 19-3/4" (501.65mm)
Cutting length 9-3/4" (247.65mm)
Blade depth 1-3/4" (44.45mm)
Rigid nickel-plated brass spine
Comfortable traditional bamboo handle


Cut accurate 90-degree slots when you use the saw with our Fret Slotting Miter Box. Add a Fret Scale Template and you'll never miscalculate your fret positions.


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5.0

The Saw

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Verified Buyer


Best saw ever !!

5.0

Works great

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I like the saw as it's bigger / longer and cuts fast. I have been using J-saws for years and have grown accustom to them. This does the job well.

5.0

Addendum: The Depth Gauge

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In my previous 1-star post stating my dislike for the saw, I forgot to mention the one thing I do like very much. The depth stop is GREAT. I can't imaging not having it. The fellow who said he couldn't set it shallow enough must have mounted it upside down. It'll go either way,and there's a huge difference.

1.0

SERIOUSLY?

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I should have figured it out when I unpacked this monster, with a 2-handed Samuri sword handle. with a blade length of 10", an overall length of 20", and a weight of over a half-pound - just to cut a 1.75" - 2.25" fret slot. (Why don't they offer a full, set just like, this to cut nut slots, too?)

As you can imagine, it's awkward, unwieldy, and unless you use a miter box or other gauge to keep it aligned, the length is such that you're almost guaranteed to get excessive side to side wobble, resulting in a sloppy cut.

In addition to this, the teeth are overly large and aggressive for such fine work. It's very easy for the saw to "skip" over your work and seriously mess up a nice fingerboard.

There's got to be a better saw for this job. I probably messed up a good neck with it, as careful as I was. By the time I got to the last fret slot, I was satisfied enough with *that* slot. The others? I hope the glue holds the frets. I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

Don't be like me, impatient, and just go after a nice piece of work with it. Get familiar with it first on some scrap. And you may want to consider the miter box (I need to look at it again), or just consider another option. Maybe a good hatchet, or a chain saw.

Response from StewMac


Hi Kent,
We appreciate you sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry to hear our Japanese Fret Sawl didn't work for you as you expected. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace it or refund you. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273 so we can make it right.

5.0

Efficient

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Verified Buyer


Cuts fast with perfect kerf width for the fret wire I use. Use it wit the slotting jig for accurate cuts every time.

5.0

Depth guide

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Verified Buyer


I noticed in another review that somebody complained about the depth range on the guide. He maybe hadn't realised at that point that it has two different ranges, depending on which way up it's mounted. I've used Japanese woodworking tools over a 30-plus year career in production lutherie, and they're outstanding.

5.0

Best fret saw

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Verified Buyer


This cuts so much faster and with less effort than the traditional Western saw. I would highly recommended it for anyone who cuts fret slots by hand.

5.0

Such a nice saw

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Verified Buyer


This is an excellent saw. Nice cut good rigidity. The depth stop is worth getting.

5.0

Great tool. Sharp and precise

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Verified Buyer


Cuts like butter

5.0

As Advertised

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Verified Buyer


Extremely sharp. I cut white oak fretboards with ease

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