[Homestead] Buying a Scythe
lynnw1366 at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 30 11:38:01 EDT 2009
Rob; where will you buy the scythe? I'm also looking for one, and
scythesupply.com is the only place I can find, and they only sell the
straight snath. Johnny's sells a lightweight folding scythe, but I don't
know if it's any good....aluminum snath, adjustable wood handles.
Tioga Co. PA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Walton" <waltonrp at gmail.com>
To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 9:48 AM
Subject: Re: [Homestead] Buying a Scythe
> IMO a curved snath is far easier to work with.
That's you and Susan saying that. Granddad worked with a curved one
and growing up I never saw a straight one. I'm going with curved.
> A grass blade is long. 28" minimum. There are two types of blades, drop
> forged and damasked. The drop forged ones are cheaper, usually by far.
> take a keen edge but don't hold it. A damasked blade is lighter, usually
> thinner, and is made by hammering together several layers of soft metal
> with hard
> metal. The result is a blade that is easy to hone but keeps an edge for a
Got it. Better buy on the damasked blade.
Rob - Va
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