Pitch refers to the distance between the points of adjacent teeth on a cutting tool, such as a band saw blade or mill drill bit. In band saw blades, pitch is typically measured in teeth per inch (TPI) or points per inch (PPI). The pitch affects cutting performance, material removal rate, and surface finish. A coarser pitch (fewer TPI) provides faster, more aggressive cutting and better chip clearance, while a finer pitch (more TPI) produces a smoother surface finish and is suited for cutting thin materials.