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Scythes
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Bkeepr    Posted 08-30-2004 at 04:41:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anybody else still use a scythe? I love using mine (though took me 3 tries to find one I liked and could use well).

I use an old one when I let weeds get too out of hand around the place. Still use a weedeater sometimes too, just depands on what it is.

Last night the wife asked me about trimming up a really overgrown hill in the back yard. So I got out the old scythe and knocked the job out in about 15 minutes while she carted off the piles I made.

When it was done, she says "you're gonna have to get me one of those, it is lots more pleasant than the weedeater."

She's exactly right, and that's why I still use it. Anybody else, or am I the odd man out again?

Tom A


screaminghollow    Posted 08-30-2004 at 10:45:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep, still use one for certain jobs. There's some times when a lawn mower can't do the job and a weed wacker is too slow. I have three of them, one with a brush blade, good for weeds and small shrubs. Another has a general blade good for some tall grasses and most weeds. I can't find a good Austrian grass blade though. Those will cut grass as fast as a power mower. I understand they are tricky to keep sharpened properly, those Austrian blades. For some reason, alot of old farm steads still have scythes with blades for cutting wheat, but nothing for when hay was cut by hand.


Bkeepr    Posted 08-30-2004 at 12:11:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Saw an austrian grass blade on my last trip to Lehman's. Really want it, but can't make myself part with the cash...especially since it takes a different snath from the American. But now that my wife wants a scythe of her own, maybe I'll buy it for her.


RedTail    Posted 08-30-2004 at 10:33:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think the Angel of Death still uses his.


Yep    Posted 08-30-2004 at 08:09:34       [Reply]  [No Email]

still use one to clean up a patch or two every now and again. Still have visions of my Dad gettin up from the supper table and takin the Scythe out to clean along the fence row. He would cut awhile then sit down and slide the stone across the blade as he puffed on a smoke. Seemed to be his way of relaxin


Dan    Posted 08-30-2004 at 06:41:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a couple of them and yes they are pleasant to use.The one I don't use is the one Dad left behind when he passed,I just preserve it in the garage.Have had it for 36 yrs. Dan in AB


Fern(Mi)    Posted 08-30-2004 at 05:49:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Picked up a blade this past summer. Now watching for a handle?
Beginning to wonder if I have muster up everything I know about Indian trail making, to Boy Scout wood lore, to pioneering Plymouth Plantation resourcefulness to grow and train my own hickory or oak scythe handle?
Any Ideas?
Fernan


bill b va    Posted 08-30-2004 at 09:21:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

its not a handle ...its a snath .


Gerrit    Posted 08-30-2004 at 08:31:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used a scythe when I lived on my houseboat in Amsterdam back in the seventies to cut the weed...

Try this link for a handle:


Texas    Posted 08-30-2004 at 05:07:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ive got an old one which was used by my grandfather to lay rice down before the had mule drawn cutters. Its put up.

I use what we call a "yo-yo" or "slingshot" to cut weeds. Works on same principle but has a blade with a yoke between the ends. That and a brush hook.

Of course Grazon+Remedy and sometimes Round-up is a lot easier :)


Salmoneye    Posted 08-30-2004 at 04:50:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have three that all see some use at least every other year...



Les    Posted 08-30-2004 at 05:07:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man, this full moon sure has brought the cold weather, hasn't it?
";^)


Oh yah...    Posted 08-30-2004 at 05:17:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Blame my Sister and The Wife...

Last week they were griping over the lack of 'summer' weather...

Last night when the Wife was lying in front of the fan trying to sleep I rolled over and poked her in the ribs and asked if this was enough 'Summer weather' for her...

I had to make the coffee this morning...

But it was worth it LOL

Salmoneye,


rhouston    Posted 08-30-2004 at 09:40:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yer SUPPOSED to make the coffee..
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It says so right in the Bible
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YUP You can even look it up.
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It says HEBREWS


Good point...    Posted 08-30-2004 at 09:47:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
But I am an agnostic...

;-)

Salmoneye,


mojo    Posted 08-30-2004 at 04:49:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Didn't the Egyptians invent those? Been around along time cause they work! Did you find a new or an old one? Mine came from an old boys auction, it was like new. They work wonders in a short amount of time.


Bkeepr    Posted 08-30-2004 at 04:54:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine are all old, picked up at estate or farm auctions.

I've been toying with the idea of buying a new Austrian one that are supposedly the best in the world but (like our Bose radio discussion the other day) it just seems like an awful lot of money so I haven't done it yet.


UHHHHH....    Posted 08-30-2004 at 07:31:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
You talkin about WIVES or SCYTHES?


mojo    Posted 08-30-2004 at 04:59:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
For what I paid for mine I can't help but like it for what it does! The hard part is sharpening it, pure drudgery. I hate to take a grinder to it so I file it gently and the stone it. Incentive to avoid trees and rocks (not that I have ROCKS on my property!).


rocks??!! say it ain't s    Posted 08-30-2004 at 05:05:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm in the mountains of Maryland, so I grow rocks better than anything else.

I sharpen mine same way as you, but have been thinking of learning how to "peen" the edge like the experts do. Supposedly makes a much sharper edge...I'll probably practice on one of the beat-up blades first.


mojo    Posted 08-30-2004 at 05:12:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
That sounds like a way to make a bad job worse...if peening is what I think it is. You heat and beat and then sharpen?

My rocks are the sneaky type, coming across from the neighbors I believe. One cost me a rear tractor tire this year and I even saw it. They move faster than you might think! Jumped about a foot over and took a big ole bite outta the side. Fluid went everywhere while I sped to the house in road gear!


Les    Posted 08-30-2004 at 04:43:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think my son busted the last snath I had and I never bothered to get another one.


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