Sharpening the Maebiki-Oga

The whale-noko needs frequent sharpening, thankfully its quick. Perhaps you can hear that some of the teeth in the center are harder than the others?  I start with a small square file to form both facets of the chone-gake. At the moment I’m using a 100mm yasuri to file the top bevel that forms the edge. This is a normal sharpening, only some of the chone-gake need adjustment, there’s enough set for many sharpenings, and the top bevel haven’t become too wide to require cutting down of the major tooth angles. I use a coarse diamond plate for jointing the tooth line. Soon to come, video of the saw at work.

6 thoughts on “Sharpening the Maebiki-Oga”

  1. Thanks for the video!

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one still clamping saws to the workbench to sharpen them.

    did you happen to see this? (As a sidenote, your website and woodgears are one of the few unblocked sites at school!) The motorcycle jacks seem like a cool idea

    I ended up bidding 6000 yen on a saw lot:

    Beaten by ten yen. Gosh durn it. Maybe I should just buy the steel plate and make one, or make a big ol’ frame saw.

    1. A lot of the sharpening photos I’ve seen of maebiki-oga they just hold the saw with one hand and file with the other, I seem to need a little more support. That lot of saws looked nice, too bad. There’s plenty of them out there now that you know where to look. See what you think maebiki-oga vs. frame saw after I get the video I just shot of sawing a log edited. By my calculations based on the retail value I would pay for the same lumber I just spent the past two days making a dollar better than minimum wage with a frikin’ hand saw, kinda amazing.

      1. Ya, the thing with frame saws is they seem like they’d be easier to steer; harder to use, though, I’ve only seen them used by two people and on big trestle things. Easier/Cheaper to make, as well. I was thinking about making one, but I realized it is much cheaper to just buy one. Steel is expensive, I don’t think it’s ever been cheap.

        They both seem pretty slow from videos, but the most efficient method is the one available. And my knee still isn’t up to scratch, so probably no track…I’ll need something to keep me in shape.

      2. I just had a great idea. Or a completely awful idea.

        It seems like another advantage with a frame saw, is it allows you to saw much wider lumber, no? Along with them being much easier to make, and find here in the states…

        But, the big advantage with a maebiki is it can be used by a single person. Part of that is because it cuts on the pull, I think.

        What if I find an old frame saw, or make a new blade, and put teeth like a maebiki on it? It’d be marrying East and West together, for a new age, the Age of Information.

        Of course, that is if I can’t find the right saw before November. I really want to get the lumber cut before Winter comes and I need skis to get through the woods.

  2. Lol! Sounds your gonna make a ggod livin then! I’d love to come help:-)

    Thanks for the video. Seeing is believing (that it might be possible you could do it). You can read and stare at stills but watching a person in action is like being apprenticed; I’m humbled that you’ve worked this all out yourself Gabe, amazing!

  3. Ouch those teeth in the middle sound like tough old banshees.

    I watched one chap use a block of wood with a groove through it to seat the diamond plate in. He than ran it along the saw plate to keep an orthogonal relationship to the teeth. It appeared comfortable. You have a steady hand – mine, not so steady after too many years of abuse:-). Think I’ll definitely copy that fella!

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