If I'm not mistaken, a "coping" saw is used with the blade in the "pulling" direction.
arseegee, if you have the right kind of hacksaw, you can hold the saw on the oposite end from the handle, and acomplish the same thing.
We played a "joke" on an aprentice once, where we put a hacksaw blade in backwards. When we went to check his progress, he was holding the hacksaw from the "wrong" end cutting like a champ. Nobody said anything. I guess he figured, he would beat us at our own game. He did on that day.
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