Experimental studies were undertaken to investigate the mechanisms for circular sawing of refractory bricks with diamond segmented saw blades. Three kinds of diamond segments of different hardness were fabricated for the saw blades. The vertical and horizontal force components and the spindle power were measured in sawing. Based on the measurements of force and power, the specific energy and the normal force per diamond grit were obtained. The normal force per grit in the sawing of refractory bricks was found to be only 5% of the static compressive strength of diamonds used in the present study, but fractures of diamonds were still popular on the segment working surfaces after sawing. The power, horizontal force, and the specific energy were found to increase with segment hardness. The specific energy obtained from the measured power was basically comparable to the values obtained from a theoretical equation to calculate the specific energy associated with slurry erosion to the bond matrix of segments.