German Wikipedia wrote:A Palamarka (Bulgarian Паламарка) is a Bulgarian device used in harvesting grain. The wooden glove for the outer three fingers of the left hand was used while harvesting the crop along with a sickle. The grain was held between Palamarka and thumb above to cut the ears down with the sickle. At one end, the Palamarka tapers to a hook, which is usually about 10 inches long. With the help of the hook, more grains could be cut at once and tied into a bundle. In addition, the Palamarka served as a shelter, since the sickle was usually applied immediately under the hand.
Does anyone have experience with this weird device? Are there any videos out there demonstrating its usefulness?
It does more than just protect the hand. It effectively extends the length of the middle finger or fingers and can be curved so that it allows the Reaper to gather a larger bundle. Looks a little bit like how a sloth grasps a branch.
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Edit. .. I only read Josephs reply, without reading the entire first post. Oops.
When holding a bunch of grain in position to be cut, the flat portion will push against the arm above the wrist, preventing the wrist from being bent backwards. So this thing may have been used in order to prevent fatigue as well. I wonder if there was a little pad attached either to the wrist or the tool.
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