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Silky has gathered already 100 years of experience in the production of handsaws, always with the greatest devotion and according to the latest techniques. The special alloys used, the metalworking knowledge and the technical aspects of the different type of teeth configurations stand for a unique quality.
On this page these aspects are described extensively. By the pictograms these can be recognized and found on this website.
Silky saws with 4-RETSUME teeth belong to the category of fastest handsaws on the market and are very well suited for the toughest jobs. The teeth are grinded in such a way so that every 4 teeth in a row form one combination. This does not only leave a very smooth tree wound but also enables a perfect discharge of saw dust.
The chrome plating on the saw blade makes the surface of the blade extremely hard and longwearing, while reducing frictions and increasing the lifetime of the blade. Furthermore, the chrome plating protects the blade from rusting and resin. Before applying the chrome plating, Silky polishes the blade as smooth as silk. This makes that the blade encounters even less resistance in the wood while sawing.
The tips of the teeth are heated up to a very high temperature for a split second. As only the tip (or in other words the cutting part) of the tooth is heated, the rest of the tooth keeps its cutting quality but also its flexibility. Induction hardened teeth have a lifespan of three times that of non-treated teeth. They cannot be sharpened and are recognizable by the black teeth tips.
When the teeth are not induction hardened, they can be filed with the special Silky file. Click here for an overview of all saws that can be filed and for instructions on how to file a Silky saw.
Approved in Germany.
A number of Silky saws (Tsurugi – Table Noco – Temagari) and axes / machetes (Nata – Ono – Yoki) are equipped with the unique Genki grip. This grip consists of two parts that can be zipped off the blade and placed on a new one without the use of tools. The rubber Genki grip absorbs the sawing vibrations to a maximum as no screws or bolts are attached that could guide the vibrations. The Genki grip offers a superior grip, even in wet conditions or while wearing gloves.
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A smart design and the minimal of materials stand out in this Japanese saw, equipped with a traditional ryoba blade and an innovative rubber handle. “A delight to use and with an excellent result.”
Silky saws sold in Europe through De Wild B.V. and/or its related sales are covered by Silky’s “Limited Lifetime Warranty” against defects in material and construction:
The limited lifetime warranty covers errors in material and construction. This does not include damage caused by transportation, misuse, abuse, and/or normal wear and tear on wearing parts.
The product must be handed into the nearest sales or service to undergo a warranty evaluation. Shipping and Handling costs are not covered by the warranty.
A product that qualifies for warranty assessment will be repaired first, if possible.
This warranty applies only for NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY.
The razor sharp teeth are ground in the blade with precision, each with 3 cutting edges and an extremely smooth surface as a result. For an optimal discharge of saw dust, one of every so many teeth (depending on the saw model) has been ground to the outside. This unmatched patented MIRAI-ME technology makes it possible to use the saw for 3 types of sawing: crosscutting (perpendicular to the grain), rip-cutting (parallel to the direction of the grain) and diagonally. During pruning activities the smooth saw cut will allow the tree wound to be overgrown easily. Within carpentry, the smooth saw cut gives a fine finish, so that sanding is hardly necessary.
The advantage of nickel is that this material pours well into the edges. Therefore, the nickel coating is equal all over the blade and that ensures a smooth surface and less material wastage. The nickel plating is applied after the teeth are ground into the blade. In doing so, the teeth will remain sharp for a long time and are protected against rust.
The teeth are grinded in the blade with precision, each with 4 cutting surfaces. The teeth are “non-set” (in compare to a classic Western saw), so that the cutting surface cuts straight into the wood, and destroys about 50% less wood cells in the process. The blades are grinded biconcave: the bottom part of the blade (at the teeth) is thickest, the top part slightly thinner and the blade is thinnest in the middle. This design has several advantages:
The GOM rubber handle absorbs sawing vibrations and offers a superior grip, even in wet conditions or while wearing gloves. Moreover, this handle always feels comfortably warm, even in extremely cold temperatures.
The saw blades of Silky saws are made from Authentic Premium Japanese Steel and cut out by laser. The blades are of unparalleled quality: they are very hard and longwearing, but remain flexible at the same time thanks to the metal’s soft core.
The chemical composition of the metal in combination with the unique heating and cooling process determine the high hardness of the metal. The high carbon content leads to a high wear resistance, so that the sharpness remains for a very long time.
By forging the saws in such a way, the core of the saw tooth consists of soft metal with which the saw stays flexible and grabs the wood with ease.
Furthermore, several models, such as the Sugoi, Hayate and the Tsurugi, are made of high-alloyed steel, which makes the saw blade stronger, more corrosion resistant and better equipped against temperature changes. All saw blades are replaceable and the replacing itself is simple.
Different type of handles
Silky uses different types of handles, straight – revolver grip and an intermediate. The handle is of influence on the angle between your saw and wrist, and therewith on how the teeth grab the wood. How bigger the angle between the saw blade and the handle, the better the saw is suited for sawing above shoulder height.
In case the saw has difficulty grabbing the wood, you could place the saw at a 10 degree angle to make sawing easier.
Differences in teeth configurations
Silky uses different kind of teeth configurations – from extra fine to extra-large. The teeth configuration of the saw is mentioned on the blade, next to the length of the saw.
Saws with large teeth saw faster and with more aggression. The large configuration is developed for fast growing, fresh wood with a lot of moisture in the wood cells. The extra-large configuration is especially ideal for the tougher jobs, such as cutting down trees or sawing thick tree trunks. When sawing in dry wood with (extra) large teeth, the teeth will have difficulties grabbing the wood and will cause heavy vibrations.
The medium teeth configuration is a real all-rounder. Sawing with teeth configuration 10 is suited for both dead and fresh wood.
The fine teeth configuration is specially developed for dry wood or wood with less moisture in the wood cells, such as apple and oak. Extra fine teeth, such as 26 or 32, are specially designed for woodworkers as furniture makers or instrument builders. When sawing with (extra) fine teeth in fresh wood, the teeth will be filled very quickly.
The blades with different teeth configurations within a certain saw series (such as the Pocketboy) are interchangeable within the same blade length.
Different lengths of the blade
Silky has saw blades available with a length of 13 cm up to 100 cm. The preferred blade length is dependent on the diameter of the wood. You can follow a rule of thumb that the blade should be at least twice as long as the maximum branch diameter you want to cut. For instance, if you are planning to saw a branch of 8 cm, you will need a saw blade of at least 16 cm.
Straight and curved blades
There are saws with straight and curved blades. Both are used in different situations:
Two sawing positions
Almost all Silky folding saws can be used in two lock settings. By pressing your thumb on the spring-loaded blade lock, the saw can be unfolded and folded, and, when unfolded, makes it possible to choose between two available blade positions. While unfolding can the saw be secured in the most ideal position for every situation because of two notches in the blade. The first notch is meant for the most ergonomic sawing position. The second notch offers the possibility to saw on a flat surface while keeping your knuckles away and allows to utilize the full length of the blade to the handle.
The locking mechanism is very solid and provides a secure locking for when the saw is used. There is no play, which is critical to delivering all of your energy into the blade.
With double-edged woodworking saws all types of cuts can be made, such as for instance the dovetail, without having to change the saw type. The one teeth configuration is namely designed for crosscutting, whereas the other configuration is meant for rip-cutting.