Farm Scythe

Farm Scythe in great condition. It measures 60″ x 22″ x 6″.

The Scythe is a Development of the Reaping Hook The blade was made larger and  the handle longer so two hands could be used..

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Farm Scythe in great condition. It measures 60″ x 22″ x 6″.

The Scythe is a Development of the Reaping Hook The blade was made larger and the handle longer so two hands could be used..

Using a scythe is called mowing, or often scything, to distinguish it from mowing with more complex machinery. Mowing is done by holding the top handle in the left hand and the central one in the right, with the arms straight, the blade parallel to the ground and very close to it, and the body twisted to the right. The body is then twisted steadily to the left, moving the scythe blade along its length in a long arc from right to left, ending in front of the mower, thus depositing the cut grass to the left. Mowing proceeds with a steady rhythm, stopping at frequent intervals to sharpen the blade. The correct technique has a slicing action on the grass, cutting a narrow strip with each stroke – a common beginner’s error is to chop or hack at the grass, with the blade length at right angles to it, thus trying to cut too wide a strip of grass at once. This is much harder work, and is ineffective. Cutting too close to the ground can contaminate the blade with soil, rapidly blunting it. Much of the skill is in keeping the blade close to the ground and the cuts even.

 

 

Weight 300 lbs
Dimensions 66 × 30 × 10 in
Collection

Tools

Item Type

Scythe

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