Japanese Fret Saw, Saw and depth stop

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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.

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Japanese Fret Saw, Saw and depth stop

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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.

Need help calculating your fret locations?
Our online fret scale calculator can calculate any scale length you want to use. It will also give you accurate measurements for locating the bridge on your instrument.

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Japanese Fret Saw, Saw and depth stop

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Teeth should be hardened

By Rolf from Stockholm
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 04, 2014

I have bought more than ten of these over the years. I like the pull stroke, but they get dull too fast. Some times I get only 5-6 rosewood or ebony fretboards out of them before I have to use a new one.

Japanese Fret saw

By Bill Robison from Brazil, IN.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 02, 2014

Great saw, super sharp, it is perfect for your fret wire. I can fret a dulcimer fretboard in 30 minutes or less. With a homemade jig, it does a very neat job. Thanks to the depth stop, all cuts are uniform.

Angry Japanese Steel

By Gabriel's Guitar Repair from Dallas, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 13, 2014

This is a great saw, if you have never used a Japanese saw your in for a treat. They are crazy sharp and cut in the pull stroke, on ebony I no longer get chips outs or have to saw for days on boards. The best part is they are gauged for the stewmac fret wire. I have the traditional fretting saw and this one is my go to. For my use I wish the handle was a few inches shorter but I can modify it for my use. Don't question just get it.

Great Saw

By Steve from Walnut Creek, CA 
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 23, 2014

This is a fine saw. I have used dozuki saws for years for detail work, and this cuts with the best of them. I do think that shorter teeth might make it a little less prone to jump the slot, but that's not a big problem. The simple depth stop works very well- I have used it, e.g., to cut a slot the depth of a piece of veneer for a patch, to make nut slots etc. If you want to cut stuff, the Japanese continue to lead the world- saws, chisels, knives etc....

Top Quality

By Mikie from Jeffersonville Indiana
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 21, 2014

This saw impressed me just upon looking at it.
The performance is second to none.
Fine quality saw

great saw

By joey65746 from missouri
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 01, 2013

this is the sharpist hand saw I have ever used cuts perfect fret slots I use it with out the depth stop for cutting boards and use it for cutting dovetail joints it cuts fast and strait and starts very easy

Japanese Fret Saw

By Pavel Gennadievich Parshin Russia from 353307Krasnodarskiy kray, st.Holmsk
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hello! Saw is very convenient to use. The wide blade and a long handle makes work enjoyable. Sincerely, Pavel.

Japanese fret saw

By Hanna musical co. from st.johns,az
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 15, 2013

really sharp, get's right to the task at hand. And is good for other repair cutting, I'm very happy with this saw.

Nice saw

By Joshua Allen from Urbana, IL
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 08, 2013

This saw worked very well for cutting fret slots in walnut and rosewood. I occasionally use it for cutting off small pieces of hardwood stock as well. I like that it does not have a hardened cutting edge. It means it will dull a little faster, but it also means you can sharpen it with a set of feather files.

Could be better

By D_ from Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 27, 2013

The saw itself is a charm when new, but i have some issues that make it average: First, it dulls somewhat fast, and starts to hang in the slot pretty badly; second, you can't buy a replacement blade, just the whole saw; lastly, it's expensive for what it is - not a good quality Japanese saw. This is what i'm using now, but i'm still looking for a better alternative.

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