Crafting a Silky Saw

UM:KOGYO INC in Japan have specialised in manufacturing saws since 1919 and the unique Silky technology and design have resulted in an extensive range of the finest quality hand saws with superb cutting ability available globally.

Most Silky Saws feature impulse-hardened teeth, meaning the saw teeth are heated and instantly hardened. Because of this process the saws have extremely durable teeth which maintain their fast cutting edge much longer than conventional saws, and as it's only localised to the teeth it leaves the rest of the blade with normal flexibility.


Silky blades being manufactured in UM:Kogyo's state-of-the art facility in the South of Japan.

Silky Saws feature a hard chrome plating, which gives the saw blades an extra hard, durable surface that is rust resistant and easily wipes clean. Some of the newer Silky Saw styles now also feature electroless nickel plating which allows the entire blade including the teeth to be coated, giving an even more improved cutting performance and extended blade life.

Taper ground blades are also an important feature of Silky Saws. This means that the blades are thicker near the teeth than near the spine of the blade, which keeps the saw moving freely and prevents it from binding in the cut.

Silky Saws work on the pull stroke which minimises effort and provides a smooth clean cut, maximising tree health. They can rip-cut, cross-cut and slant-cut, and almost all of them 
have specially designed rubber compound handles which reduce vibration and fatigue, and are easier to grip when working in gloves or in bad weather.

Silky Saws (UM:Kogyo) continue to invest in technology and their R&D team lead the world in saw innovation and the large family business continues to grow and supply more of the world's professional carpenters, builders, arborists and horticulturalists around the globe. We think they should be available to the discerning Kiwi DIYer too!


Silky blades being manufactured