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Hello,

Does anyone have or know of a scythe blade template I could print and bring to a blacksmith? It will mostly be used for scything rice so I'm thinking bush blade of 40 or 50 cm...

I asked a few of the online retailers for assistance, but received no replies.

I've been using a hand-held scythe and it works well, but I can't imagine using it to cut another 2 or 3 acres.

Scythe blades just aren't available here (at least not that I can find), but there are many local blacksmiths. I'd like to keep the money here and avoid shipping something across the ocean, etc...

Thank you,

Erich
 
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I'm not sure how much help it would be, but we have an antique scythe that we have restored. I might be able to trace the blade profile onto a grid sheet, reduce it to graphing paper, and scan an image for you.
 
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Hi Brian,

You are generous and I do appreciate it. My first instinct was to trace a blade on the internet and then enlarge it. I was going to sketch the tang, but then some doubt crept in and I wondered if there might be some particular detail in that template that makes the blade arch or bend at a certain angle.

I've never done this. I suppose this is a "hack", a term I've been seeing on the net regarding tools and machines (aka farm hack).

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Hi Erich,

If you haven't already, you might ask Alex Vido at http://www.scytheworks.ca/. I purchased a scythe outfit from him some time ago, and he was very helpful. Good Luck!
 
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Hi Matt,

Thank you for the reply. This seemed to me also like someone who would help, but he did not reply to several e-mails. Turns out you can buy them from the factory where they are made at much much much lower prices.....

scythe models

I have been using the blade for 2 weeks and wow it is effective. All of the drum rolls and applause for this tool are apt. No sore muscles. Peaceful, clean mowing. The hay it leaves behind has an unusual quality. I am reluctant to describe it for fear of sounding too wuwu....

Dinged a few fallen fence posts and peened the chinks right out. I'll harvest rice with it this year and see how it goes. About 2 more months.

E
 
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Good call on going right to the source. So you were able to order from them? And it sounds like it was still worth it even with shipping costs from Austria?

I know what you mean about the magic of the scythe, such an amazing tool.
 
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Hi Matt,

Yes, I was able to order from them with a wire transfer. The shipping wasn't much. A blade costs about 41 dollars.

Erich
 
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