For the record, and before I get into the rum, I'll note that my primary rip hand saw is a 4-1/2 ppi model from the Pax line by Thomas Flinn. It goes pretty fast in soft wood, slower as the wood gets harder, exhausting on hard maple and upon occasion I've managed to resaw some Ipe; not much fun, but it did work -- eventually. My band saw can't resaw Ipe and breaks blades every time I try, even with carbide toothed blades. I wouldn't want to mess about with a 3 ppi blade unless it's in one of the Roubo frame saws.

But what do I know. I'm just a bowman doing a bit of woodworking for beer money between races.