I prefer Western "push" saws to Japanese pull saws, but the popularity of the latter is indisputable; though scarcely seen in stores a couple decades ago, today you can walk into a big box and buy one made by Irwin or DeWalt.
Upstart tool company ToughBuilt, the company that makes that clever utility knife that transforms into a scraper, makes a ryoba saw that also pulls a neat trick: The handle is split and folds around the blade, in the manner of a butterfly knife. This not only allows you to do away with that plastic toothguard that always gets lost, but allows you to protect the teeth while halving the size of the tool for transport or storage.
ToughBuilt's Folding Pull Saw runs $25 and they sell them at Lowe's.
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Bought both a two sided saw and a one sided saw with a stiffener (like a Western “back saw”) in a mountain home center in Japan in 1990. Still use them regularly for fine work an they nestle along the inside of my carpenters tool box quite compactly and safely. Have much bigger saws for grunt wood butchery. I can no longer use a push saw with any satisfaction. Nevertheless, this new concept is quite clever and well detailed and will probably find its way into many kits especially in car tool kits.
Cute, but it feels like it's trying VERY hard because it's a ryoba. There have been good folding kataba (single-side vs. the double-side ryoba) for many years which I'd absolutely prefer if I was in the market for a folding saw, even if that meant packing two to have rip and crosscut. Even simpler, what I actually do is carry my saws in a fairly standard Japanese style leather saw keeper. Great for when you need a set of saws on the go.
What is it about western style saws that appeals to you?
Nice! I love a good pull saw. I'm using the same one I've had since sophomore year of college, 1996. It is a little worse for wear. A folding handle is a nice touch to get it to fit in my tool chest a little easier.