Ok, we realize that this article was posted a month ago on the Rockler blog, but in case you didn’t catch it when it was fresh — hey, we missed it, too — you might want to check it out now. An excerpt:
Many years ago, I bought my first ryoba saw, which in Japanese means: “both blade” and refers to the fact that the saw has a ripping blade on one side and a finer-toothed crosscutting blade on the other. A short time later, I picked up a dozuki saw, which is a type of back-saw made for exacting joinery work. Just a couple of days ago, I blew a modest portion of my allowance on a replacement blade for the dozuki saw, and the crisp, ultra-thin kerf cuts it’s giving me have reinvigorated my enthusiasm for Japanese handsaws in all their forms.
Carl Christensen, the article’s author, goes on to say, “People who try Japanese style saws rarely go back to strictly using Western style saws, even though the change from one to the other can take a little getting used to.”
Japanese Saws [Rockler Woodwoorking Blog]